Hair loss treatments: Vitamin A, E or biotin could help stimulate hair growth
Treatments for hair loss can often be hit and miss. However, a growing body of evidence shows that certain vitamins and nutrients can be important for hair growth. What are the three best vitamins to help hair regrowth?
One of the most well-known vitamins for hair regrowth is said to be a B vitamin known as biotin.
Experts have established a link between biotin deficiency and hair loss in men.
Although biotin is used as an alternative treatment for hair loss, those that lack it have the best results.
Other B vitamins help create red blood cells, which carry oxygen and nutrients to the scalp and hair follicles. These processes are important for hair growth.
Vitamin A helps the skin glands to produce sebum, which can hydrate the scalp and keep hair healthy.
It is recommended that men consume 900 mcg of vitamin A per day, while women need 700 mcg.
NIH(National Institutes of Health) confirmed vitamin A is available as a multivitamin and as a stand-alone supplement.
Vitamin E is an antioxidant and has been shown to have hair stimulating potential in clinical research.
The School of Pharmaceutical Sciences in Malaysia carried out an experiment on patients with alopecia.
Thirty-seven participants with hair loss were recruited for the study.
Twenty-one of them were randomized to receive 100 mg of vitamin E per day, while 17 received placebo supplementation.
They were monitored for the number of hairs in a predetermined scalp area, as well as the weight of 20 strands of 1 cm long before supplementation.
These were checked again at four months and then again at eight months.
The study found that those who took vitamin E supplementation had more hair than the placebo group at the end of the experiment.
Specifically, by the eighth month, the vitamin E group saw a 34.5% increase in hair, while the placebo group had a 0.1% increase in hair.
Other hair loss treatments
Finasteride and minoxidil are the main treatments for male pattern baldness, recommended by the NHS.
Minoxidil can also be used to treat female pattern baldness, but women should not use finasteride.
But it’s important to know that these treatments don’t work for everyone and can only work as long as they’re used.
They are also not available on the NHS and can be expensive.
Other ways to treat hair loss include hair transplantation – when hair cells are moved to thinning plates – and tattooing, when tattoos are used to look like short hair and eyebrows.
If your hair loss is causing you distress, talk to your GP who may be able to help you get advice.