With a better understanding of the term supplements as used here, let’s look closely at the different ones that contribute to healthy hair growth.
- Green Tea
Green tea is not your usual supplement, but it’s one that’s gaining popularity among the health-conscience. That’s because green tea and its extracts (commonly found in capsules) have numerous health benefits.
Foremost, green tea is a source of epigallocatechin (EGCG). This catechin works as an antioxidant and anti-tumor agent, but it’s also been shown to inhibit the activity of 5AR.
If that wasn’t enough, EGCG was proven to “blunt androgen receptor function” which means less DHT can be taken up by the organs.
And perhaps best of all, there are many ways to get green tea into your diet.
As we noted earlier, green tea is quite affordable for the majority of the population, who have problems with hair.
- Saw Palmetto
Saw palmetto is perhaps one of the more well-known hair loss ‘supplements’. It can be applied topically or taken orally (in the form of a gel capsule), and its been shown particularly effective at inhibiting 5AR (which is a precursor to DHT).
- Zinc and other chemicals.
Zinc and selenium are trace elements that are often found together in cosmetics, but did you know they play a crucial role in the human body?
These elements are antioxidants that work to fight free radicals and, as a result, combat signs of aging in the skin. They also keep the cells functioning as they should, which is great news for your hair.
Most importantly, though, zinc and selenium contribute to the keratinization process which is necessary for hair growth. Keratinization is the synthesis of keratin, after all, so no synthesis would mean no hair.
You can take these vitamins together or alone, or just increase your daily intake of zinc foods such as:
- Pumpkin seeds
- Red meats
- Wheat germs
Do be aware that high levels of zinc can actually contribute to hair loss. As such, you shouldn’t take zinc regularly and if you feel that an overabundance of zinc is a problem, consult with your physician.
- Pumpkin Seed Oil
Pumpkin Seed Oil (PSO) is an unsung hero of hair growth, and here’s why: it’s a rich source of antioxidants, essential fatty acids, and critical nutrients and minerals. These are all necessary for healthy hair growth and maintenance.
And for the science lovers out there, you’ll be happy to know there’s some research to potentially back pumpkin seed oil’s claim as a hair loss treatment.
Keep in mind the supplement contained other components such as lycopene and gamma linolenic acid so the study isn’t conclusive. But it’s a good step in backing up the various health benefits already associated with the oil.
Iron plays one of the most important roles in the body as it contributes to the makeup of hemoglobin, a component of red blood cells that is responsible for the delivery of oxygen. Without enough iron the body struggles to produce enough hemoglobin which reduces oxygen delivery significantly.
Oxygen is of course critical to the body’s organs, and one such organ is the hair follicle.
Without proper delivery, the follicle can eventually wither and die. This results in persistent shedding and eventual baldness if left untreated.
Fortunately, this can be remedied for the vast majority of people with an increase in iron intake via diet. This includes the addition of red meats and organ meats, as well as tofu, beans, and spinach.
However, iron deficiency for some can be caused by an underlying medical condition and must be treated by your doctor.
With the DHT blocker supplements covered, let’s take a closer look at nutrient supplements. More specifically, biotin.
Biotin (sometimes referred to as vitamin B7 or vitamin H) is a B-complex vitamin that assists in the metabolism of food. In other words, it makes it possible for our bodies to convert food to energy.
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Fortunately, over-the-counter biotin supplements do exist and many multivitamins even include it in their formula. You can also increase your intake of biotin-rich foods which include:
- Cold water fish (herring, sardines, tuna, salmon, trout, halibut)
- Egg yolk
- Nuts (almonds, pecans, walnuts, etc.)
- Organ meats, like liver or kidney
- Red meat
Be aware, though, that processing including cooking can reduce biotin bioavailability. When possible, it’s best to eat raw (such as nuts and vegetables) or cook as little as safety necessitates (such as with poultry and red meat).