Which Vitamin Deficiency Causes Hair Loss?

You may be wondering about the deficiency of which vitamin causes hair fall? And that’s a very good question. Vitamins and minerals play a key role in our immune system and they can also affect hair growth or loss, scalp circulation, how easily hair breaks (whether it’s quite brittle or not) and many others. In this post, we cover a few of the most common vitamin and mineral deficiencies, which could lead to hair loss. Let’s take a closer look.

Vitamin deficiencies and hair loss

And now, without further ado, we jump straight into some of the most common vitamin deficiencies that may result in hair loss. 

Vitamin A

Commonly found in orange and yellow coloured fruits and vegetables, leafy green vegetables and others, vitamin A is said to prevent dryness of the scalp. It does this by controlling the supply of sebum. This is a natural oil that keeps the scalp moist and healthy. It’s also good as an antioxidant. However, quantities of vitamin A should be consumed in moderation because excess vitamin A consumption can also result in hair loss.

Vitamin B

To get your daily dose of vitamin B, you should be consuming beans, peas, carrots, cauliflower, soybean, bran, nuts and eggs. Because it helps with blood circulation in the scalp, it’s a good vitamin for stimulating hair growth, preventing premature graying and it helps repair body tissues. 

Vitamin C

Found in gooseberry, guava, citrus fruits, tomatoes and green peppers, vitamin C is also great for scalp circulation by maintaining the capillaries, which carry blood to the hair follicles. 

Vitamin D

We all know that we get our vitamin D from sunlight. However, it can also be found in fortified dairy products, fatty fish, orange juice, soy milk, cereals, beef liver, egg yolks and others. A deficiency of this vitamin can result in hair loss through the disruption of the hair growth cycle. In particular, vitamin D stimulates new and old hair follicles. As such, if you don’t have enough vitamin D in your system, it’s possible that new hair growth will be stunted. 

Vitamin E

Vitamin E is responsible for increasing blood circulation near the scalp, which is a healthy part of having healthy hair follicles because they get sufficient amounts of oxygen. Because of this oxygenation, hair follicles can regenerate better thus stimulating hair growth. However, a deficiency in this vitamin can result in hair loss. To get your daily dose of vitamin E, consider eating nuts and legumes, wheat germ oil, soybeans, sunflower oil, etc.

Other nutrients and minerals

These include iron (found in leafy greens, black dates and raisins, bananas, apples, fish poultry and lentils), which contributes to hemoglobin production; proteins and their amino acids, zinc (a zinc deficiency can damage remaining hair); and selenium (although rare, it can disrupt the way your thyroid gland functions).

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