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.
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 🙂