10 Best Supplements for Healthy Hair

10 Best Supplements for Healthy Hair

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We all want beautiful, healthy hair.  There are thousands of products that you can put on your hair that can help (we can list those at another time, in another blog post).  However, the best way to get the best out of your hair is to nourish it from the inside.  Getting vitamins and minerals from whole food sources are always your best bet.  Unfortunately, it gets harder to get enough from food due to how food is farmed and processed.  The next best thing is to take high quality supplements.  Here are the top ten supplements to give you stronger, fuller hair.
Biotin (Vitamin B-7) Biotin is so important because it helps the body breakdown amino acids into keratin, which is what your hair is made of.  If the breakdown process isn’t working well, the growth and health of your hair decreases.

Silica– Silica helps hair in a couple of ways.  One, it helps keep hormones balanced, especially those that can cause hair loss.  Another way it helps is it is responsible for helping deliver nutrients to areas of the body like your hair, making sure that your hair follicles are nourished like they should be.    

MSM– MSM is composed of sulfur, which is a major component in building your hair.  In some studies, it has also shown to lengthen the growth cycle of hair, therefore decreasing hair loss and allowing hair to grow longer.  When I have added it to my supplement regime, I always notice less hair fall out compared to when I am not taking it.  So while the studies show the jury is still out, I for one am a huge proponent.

Zinc– Getting enough zinc is critical for hair growth.  Deficiencies have been shown to deteriorate the structure of the hair, causing it to fall out a lot easier.  If you are like me, zinc can make you sick.  The only product that doesn’t make me nauseous is the one pictured above.  I have no idea why, all I know is I’ve never had any issue issues with it, and I have tried A LOT!

Protein– Protein is broken down to amino acids, amino acids are used to build keratin, and keratin is what your hair is made up of.  So if the building blocks aren’t there, your hair can’t grow and the health of the hair will suffer.  So make sure you are getting enough of this macro nutrient.  Protein is used for so many body processes, that when you aren’t getting enough, your body will neglect non-essential processes like hair growth. 

Collagen Type 1 & 3– Collagen is one of the best things to take for hair growth.  This not only helps build healthy hair and hair follicles, it also helps your gut.  It helps rebuild the lining in your gut, increasing the body’s absorption of vitamins and minerals that also help grow hair and keep it strong.  My favorite is Great Lakes Collagen Hydrolysate (pictured above).  I will mix it in my coffee in the morning.
 
Digestive Enzymes– The health of your hair heavily depends on how nourished your body is.  If your digestive system is sluggish and is having trouble breaking down food, your hair will suffer.  Digestive enzymes help your body break down food properly, allowing more nutrients to be absorbed.   My favorite ones are the Beverly Int’l Multiple Enzyme Complex pictured above.
 

Vitamin C– You will frequently see collagen supplements contain Vitamin C.  This is because Vitamin C helps with the formation of new collagen (your body breaks down the collagen supplements and builds new collagen).  This in turn, helps make sure that the environment on your scalp is healthy.  Healthy scalp, healthy hair 🙂

Saw Palmetto–  A lot of people can suffer from hair loss due to excessive amount of DHT, which is converted from testosterone.  DHT encourages the decrease of hair follicles and prevents hair from regrowing once it is lost.  Saw palmetto has been thought to inhibit the enzyme responsible for this conversion, being very helpful for people with conditions like androgenic alopecia.   

Adaptogenic Herbs– High levels of stress can cause hair loss and affect the health of your hair.  Anything you can do to bring down your stress levels will help with this, including taking adaptogenic herbs, like Ashwagandha and Rhodiola.  They help your body handle stress better, which in turn will help the health of your hair (and help keep its color longer).

There you have it, my top supplements to improve hair health.  Although a magic pill hasn’t been invented yet, taking any of the supplements above will help keep your hair healthy and growing.  At the end of the day, if you keep your body healthy and nourished, your hair will follow suit 🙂

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