Vitamin B Complex, also known as B Vitamins, is a class of water-soluble vitamins that plays an important role in cellular metabolism. This class of Vitamins contains eight individual vitamins:
- Vitamin B1 (thiamin)
- Vitamin B2 (riboflavin)
- Vitamin B3 (niacin or niacinamide)
- Vitamin B5 (pantothenic acid)
- Vitamin B6 (pyridoxine, pyridoxal, pyridoxamine)
- Vitamin B7 (biotin)
- Vitamin B9 (folic acid)
- Vitamin B12 (various cobalamins; commonly cyanocobalamin in vitamin supplements)
B-complex vitamins do wonders for hair growth, making them shinier and thicker. Every vitamin in this class has a specific function to keep hair healthy.
Best source of nutrients is a natural food–particularly whole foods-and not pills. For healthy hairs, increase the intake of Vitamin B complex with animal products such as lean meat, poultry, fish, eggs and dairy products; whole grains, fortified cereals and bread; beans and legumes; leafy vegetables; and nuts.
Which B Vitamins?
Different B vitamins have different health benefits; hair care specialists often recommend taking full vitamin B complex supplements (or natural rich foods). B Vitamins produce the best results when taken together.
In the rest of the blog post, I’ll list every B vitamin along with it benefits.
Vitamin B1 (thiamin):
Thiamine improves blood circulation to the scalp, speeds up the hair growth process and provides oxygen to hair follicles.
Vitamin B2 (also known as riboflavin):
Riboflavin enhances energy production in the body by increasing the intake of fat and protein, and metabolism of carbohydrates. Riboflavin deficiency has severe effects on hair, gradually leading to a severe hair loss condition.
Vitamin B3 (niacin or niacinamide)
Niacin increases blood circulation, thus promoting hair growth as well as preventing hair loss. Grab some supplements if you’re not getting enough of this vitamin from your food.
Vitamin B5 (also known as pantothenate):
Pantothenate, a common constituent of skin and hair care products. Vitamin B5 deficiency leads to hair loss and scalp irritation, and experts believe that vitamin B5 can make the hairs shinier and stronger, when applied externally. However, no strong evidence suggests so.
Vitamin B6 (pyridoxine, pyridoxal, pyridoxamine)
Pyridoxine is unrelated to the direct hair growth, but it keeps the skin and scalp healthy, promoting better hair growth while deficiency leads to slower hair growth and thinning.
Vitamin B7 (also known as Biotin): Biotin, the principal agent in hair and skin care products that makes nails and hairs stronger. Although deficiencies are uncommon, they can cause severe hair loss, thinning, and breakage.
Vitamin B9 (folic acid):
By making cells work and tissues grow, Folic Acid promotes hair growth if taken in an adequate amount, on a regular basis. Study shows folic acid to be very important for treating alopecia, or hair loss, resulting in the gradual disappearance of crusting and patches within just two weeks and a steady recovery of natural hair growth within two months-on the tested samples.
Vitamin B12 (Cobalamins):
Cobalamins have no direct link to hair growth. However, without B12 the body cannot perform many metabolic functions, negatively affecting hair growth and overall health. Deficiency leads to grey hairs at an early age (under 30 or so).
Understand that you won’t see much of an improvement when it comes to hair growth with vitamin B complex. Only those with vitamin B deficiencies, will see positive results from an extra dosage. Therefore, get your Vitamin B level checked before connecting it with your hair loss issues.
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