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Two Nutrients That
You Must Have to Prevent Hair Loss
|There are two
nutrients that you have to make sure you have plenty of every
day, if you want to minimize your hair loss. These nutrients are
Vitamin A and the B vitamins. To digest and absorb these
nutrients you cannot use antacids.
Vitamin A is a key component to developing healthy cells, tissues in the
body, and reducing hair loss. Additionally it works with silica
and zinc to prevent drying and clogging of the sebaceous glands,
the glands vital to producing sebum. Sebum is an important
lubricant for the hair follicle.
Vitamin A deficiencies commonly cause thickening of the scalp, dry hair, and
dandruff. Air pollution, smoking, extremely bright light,
certain cholesterol-lowering drugs, laxatives, and aspirin are
some known vitamin A inhibitors. Liver, fish oil, eggs,
fortified milk, and red, yellow, and orange vegetables are good
sources for vitamin A, as are some dark green leafy vegetables
Be particularly careful if you take vitamin A supplements, as vitamin A is
fat-soluble, allowing the body to store it and making it easy
for the body to overdose on vitamin A. Vitamin A overdoses can
cause excessively dry skin and inflamed hair follicles, and in
some cases ironically can cause hair loss.
A safe dose of vitamin A is 10,000 IU or 25,000 IU. Most Vitamin supplements
are sold in these quantities. Also take all supplements during
meals unless you are working with a Nutritionist that recommends
B-vitamins work interdependently and therefore all levels of B vitamins need
to be sufficient in order to maintain proper health. Vitamins
B-6, folic acid, biotin, and vitamin B-12 are all key components
in maintaining healthy hemoglobin levels in the blood, which is
the iron-containing portion of red-blood cells.
Hemoglobin's primary function is to carry oxygen from the lungs to the
tissues of the body, so if these vitamins were deficient in your
body, then hair and skin would suffer. Fortunately some of the
tastiest foods contain these vitamins. Vitamin B-6 is found in
protein rich foods, which is excellent because the body needs a
sufficient amount of protein to maintain hair growth. Liver,
chicken, fish, pork, kidney, and soybeans are good sources of
B-6 and are relatively low in fat when they are not fried.
Folic acid is found in whole grains, cereals, nuts, green leafy vegetables,
orange juice, brewer's yeast, wheat germ, and liver again. Meat,
fish, poultry, eggs, and other dairy products meanwhile provide
healthy amounts of B-12.
Biotin deficiencies are rare unless there is a severe case of malnutrition
or a serious intestinal disorder, since a healthy gut produces
biotin through good bacteria found there.
There is one more important fact in making sure you are absorbing the
B-vitamins. If you have heartburn, acid reflux, or GERD and are
taking any antacids or drugs to reduce your stomach acid, you
will reduce your ability to digest and absorb B-vitamins.
Antacids make your stomach acid more alkaline, which does not
support the digestion and adsorption of the B-vitamins.
If you are taking over the counter antacids, you decrease your ability to
use the B-vitamins that you eat or take as supplements.
About the author:
Rudy Silva has a degree in Physics and is a Natural Nutritionist. He
is the author of Constipation, Acne, Hemorrhoid, and Fatty Acid
ebooks. For information on constipation and other remedy ebooks
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