Tag: Pantothenic Acid

Pantothenic Acid is another name for Vitamin B5, and one that may play a big role in hair loss. On Hair Growth Pills we have covered a number of vitamins and minerals, looking at the ways they can help with complete baldness, as well as hair loss and pattern baldness. Pantothenic Acid is just one of the many vitamins we have covered that may be able to help with this issue.

Below you will find a number of articles that mention this vitamin. All of these point to articles that you can find here on the Hair Growth Pills website. They have been compiled by our experts who have looked into this vitamin and have studied the positive and the negative effects. You will find all of this information below, along with info on many other vitamins and minerals.

So, read on, learn more and let us know if you experience any positive results yourself using vitamin B5.

Vitamins for Hair Growth (Biotin, Niacin, Vitamin D, Zinc)

Vitamins for Hair Growth (Biotin, Niacin, Vitamin D, Zinc)

Vitamins for Hair Growth

Here on Hair Growth Pills we have covered a wealth of supplements, medications, oils and more, but in this guide we’re going to focus entirely on vitamins for hair growth. These serve as the perfect foundation for overall health and wellbeing, but they can also help to build a solid foundation on which your hair can grow strong and healthily.

All of the Minoxidil in the world isn’t going to help you as well as it should if you’re not eating healthily and getting the nutrition that your body requires. So, take a peek at these top vitamins for hair growth and make some changes to your diet today.

Vitamins for Hair Growth

The reason vitamins work so well is because they are used by our bodies as part of the many natural processes that they undertake on a day-to-day basis. What’s more, they are natural, abundantly available and you can get them from food, as well as in low-cost multi-vitamins.

The vitamins discussed below should be consumed in the food that you eat. This is the best way to get them and it will ensure that you get them in the best form, allowing your body to use them naturally. However, you should also look to supplement with them if you think that you’re not getting enough of them or if you just want to ensure that your body has enough to play with.

Just bear in mind that while many vitamins for hair growth are natural and, for the most part, healthy, there can be issues when consumed in large doses. This is especially true of vitamins and minerals that are not water soluble. So, if you do decide to supplement with any of them you should always keep your dosage in check and make sure you do not go overboard.

B Vitamins

Biotin is by far the best of all vitamins for hair growth. It is one that we discussed extensively on our Biotin for Hair Loss article, and one that is actually involved in the natural hair growth process. Your body uses Biotin to help your hair to grow, so not only can a steady supply ensure that process runs smoothly, but a lack of a steady supply can cause problems, ranging from brittle and lifeless hair, to hair loss and more.

Biotin is a B Vitamin, but it is not the only one and it is not the only essential vitamin for hair growth. Niacin works in a similar way, aiding in the growing process and helping to keep your hair in the best condition possible. The same goes for Vitamin B5, which also goes by the name Pantothenic Acid. These are the three main B Vitamins that can assist with the process, but you should also get a full complex of these vitamins, which include:

  • thiamin
  • riboflavin
  • vitamin B6 (pyridoxine)
  • folate (folic acid)
  • vitamin B12 (cyanocobalamin)

You will see some of these recommended for brain health, while others are recommended for everything from skin problems to fatigue and more. Generally speaking, this group of vitamins is one of the most essential, so it is important to get at least your RDA of all of them. If you eat plenty of the following foods then you stand a good chance of doing this, if not, then it’s time to start supplementing:

  • Dairy Products (milk, yoghurt, cheese, eggs)
  • Wholegrains
  • Leafy Green Vegetables
  • Red Meat
  • Yeast
  • Offal (liver and kidney)
  • Fish
  • Poultry
  • Nuts
  • Seeds
  • Mushrooms

Zinc and Iron

Best Vitamins for Hair Growth

Zinc and Iron are minerals, and while they don’t help to promote hair growth or to speed the process up, if you don’t get enough then it can lead to serious hair damage and hair loss. One of the first things a doctor will look to determine when you report symptoms of hair loss is whether you are getting enough of these two minerals, especially zinc.

If you do not have a healthy diet and you rely too much on processed food then there’s a good chance you’re not getting enough zinc, which could lead to hair loss. The same applies to iron, but this is also an issue faced by menopausal women and pregnant women.

What’s more, it is very easy to overdose on iron, which is why you have to be very careful when you supplement with it. In serious cases it can lead to blood poisoning, which is life threatening. So, you should also look to get your iron from food, while relying more on supplementation for zinc if needed.

With iron, it is commonly found in red meat, while you can get zinc from nuts, seeds, leafy greens and more. In fact, if you’re getting plenty of B Vitamins from the food that you eat, then there is a good chance you are also getting enough zinc.

Vitamin C

There are a few things worth noting about Vitamin C, as there is a lot of confusion surrounding this vitamin:

  1. It is helpful, but it won’t make you immune to disease: While there are studies that suggest it can help to support the immune system, the benefits are slight, if at all. However, Vitamin C really can help with other bodily processes and it is particularly good at improving the condition of your skin and scalp, which in turn will help your hair.
  2. You don’t need high doses: There is just no need to take vast quantities of Vitamin C. There are many “cold remedies” out there that contain over 1,000% of your RDA. The goal is to make you believe that more is better and that it will do you a world of good. The truth, however, is that your body will pass most of that excess Vitamin C out. The only difference will be the color of your urine.
  3. It’s also better to get it from food: Many of the foods that contain Vitamin C also contain a wealth of other vitamins. So, not only is it better to get this vitamin from food so that your body can easily digest and process it, but you will also get many other vitamins and minerals in the process.

Water

Finally, it’s important to remember that you need to drink plenty of water every day. Hydration is great for your hair, helping to make it stronger and shinier. In many cases, a few glasses of water will do more for your hair and your health than a multi-vitamin.

So, never let yourself go dehydrated and make sure that you drink at least 8 glasses of water every single day. Obviously, these should be consumed throughout the course of the day and not all at once, otherwise you’re just over-hydrating one minute and then dehydrating the next.

How to Stimulate Hair Growth (Vitamins, Minerals, Essential Oils, More)

How to Stimulate Hair Growth (Vitamins, Minerals, Essential Oils, More)

Stimulate Hair Growth

There are many ways that you can trigger hair growth, filling-in that receding hairline and those bald patches, or simply speeding up the natural growth process. In this article we will show you how to stimulate hair growth quickly, easily and through any number of methods.

How to Stimulate Hair Growth: Vitamins and Supplements

We find that the best way to stimulate hair growth is to opt for 100% natural vitamins and minerals, all of which can be found in the food you eat. It sounds a little too simplistic, even hard to believe, but the health of your hair depends greatly on your diet. The reason this should be the first step is because a deficiency in many vitamins and minerals, including zinc, iron and vitamin C, can trigger hair loss.

There are many people out there who are expiring hair loss symptoms and are using all kinds of topical treatments and shampoos to treat them, failing to realize that the reason behind their hair loss is a simple vitamin deficiency and that the only thing they need to fix it is a multi-vitamin. What’s more, an excess of certain key vitamins, such as Biotin and Vitamin B5 (pantothenic acid) may be able to trigger further hair growth, even in healthy individuals. That’s because these vitamins are involved in the hair growth process, so it only makes sense that an abundance of them will allow for more hair to come through.

Supplements are also good for this. By “supplements” we mean products that contain a mixture of vitamins and minerals. These basically bring a host of ingredients together, focusing on the ones that can help with hair growth in some way. By talking all of these together you’re giving your hair the best chance to grow naturally.

How to Stimulate Hair Growth: Essential Oils

Learn How to Stimulate Hair Growth

There are many essential oils that can also help to stimulate hair growth. These work by nourishing your scalp, by cleaning the area, killing bacteria and providing nutrients to the roots. There are many essential oils that can help with this, including lavender oil and chamomile oil, both of which we have discussed at great length on this site already.

These oils obviously need to be diluted, because they may do some damage to your scalp and/or skin if you apply them directly in undiluted form. One of the most important things to remember about these oils is that while they are natural, they are also very potent and can be dangerous. So, take care with them and don’t make any assumptions before doing your research.

As with vitamins and minerals you can also combine these oils to create a concoction that offers more benefits and delivers more results. For instance, you can combine sage oil, lavender oil and chamomile oil to create something that can kill growth-inhibiting bacteria, can clean the area and can also provide nutrients to the root. It’s an assault on all fronts, and because it’s topical you can even apply such a product while also taking a supplement.

How to Stimulate Hair Growth: Other Natural Products

There are many other natural products that can help. Fats tend to be very good for stimulating hair growth. Olive oil is one of the ones we have discussed at great length already. This is a great oil when consumed and when applied directly. It may not stimulate growth directly, but it can help to condition your hair and it can also help to keep the area moisturized and protected.

Coconut oil and argan oil are also very good for this purpose, as is castor oil. All of these can keep the area protected and they can also deliver nourishment. Also, as with the supplements and the essential oils, these can be combined for maximum effect. We have discussed this before and find that castor oil works well when it is combined with a gel such as aloe vera gel. You can also mix it with coconut oil, which makes a very good base ingredient.

These products are cheap, readily available and safe, so there is no reason not to use them.

How to Stimulate Hair Growth: Medications

There are two main medications designed to stimulate hair growth. These are Minoxidil and Finasteride, also known by the names Rogaine and Propecia. The former is applied as a topical solution, typically on bald spots and on a receding hair line. The latter is taken as a tablet.

Both of these are effective, but there are problems with them. The first issue is that they are not effective in all users. There is no definitive figure regarding who can benefit and who can not benefit, but in our experience they tend to work roughly 50% of the time when they are taken properly and for the prescribed length of time. The number of people that experience positive results using these products is actually much lower, especially with Minoxidil, but only because they don’t use them for the full length of time required.

One of the reasons behind that is because it’s too expensive, and that’s another issue with both of these medications. They can set you back quite a lot of money if you purchase a full course of treatment. You can buy generic though if you want to cut costs, just make sure you don’t try to cut corners by shortening your treatment.

Other issues include a number of side effects; the fact that Propecia is not approved for use in women; and the fact there are many low-quality copies of these drugs on the market. Read our articles on Minoxidil for Men and Minoxidil for Women to learn more.

How to Stimulate Hair Growth: Surgery

How to Trigger Hair Growth

This is often seen as the last resort, but it is effective, it is relatively safe and it works, so if you have the money then it can also be your first choice of treatment. The surgery in this case is a hair transplant, which involves taking hair from one part of you body (often the back of your head/neck) and then transplanting it in the problem areas. The hair is transplanted one follicle at a time, and after you have given it time to heal it should begin to grow as normal.

You can use medications (such as this mentioned above) to speed up the growth process, but typically you will have the results you seek in a matter of months anyway. The only real issue with this treatment is the price, because it’s not cheap. In fact, it is the most expensive treatment we have mentioned on this page.

That’s the bad news. The good news is that it’s also the most effective, working nearly 100% of the time.

How to Stimulate Hair Growth: Radical Treatments

There are a few other treatments worth discussing. We have already showed you how to stimulate hair growth using traditional methods and even drastic options, but there are less traditional and even more drastic options out there. One such method is known as PRP, which we discussed at length on our PRP Hair Loss page.

This treatment involves drawing blood from your body, processing the blood and then injecting it into your scalp. It sounds bizarre, and it’s not cheap, but the research is positive on this one, almost as much as hair transplants. And while it is expensive, it is actually cheaper than hair transplants. So if you can’t quite afford to get the grafts then you might want to consider this treatment.

There is also a lot of research being done on stem cell therapy. This is a treatment that is changing the medical sector and is helping with all kinds of diseases and ailments. One of those may just include hair loss, although a lot more work needs to be done on this before we can be sure about its effectiveness.

Best Vitamins for Hair Growth (Grow Thicker Hair)

Best Vitamins for Hair Growth (Grow Thicker Hair)

Best Vitamins for Hair Growth

What are the best vitamins for hair growth? This is a question we get asked a lot and one we have covered in some form or another several times over.

We have told you what the best foods for eyelash growth are. We have covered the best beard growth products. We have even covered the best products to counteract female hair loss. In this article on the “best vitamins for hair growth” we’re going to focus a little more on a handful of the most effective vitamins, as well as the ones that are easiest to come by.

Zinc

This is one of those vitamins you won’t hear a great deal about. It’s something that is rarely even considered to be beneficial and something that doesn’t quite have the nutritional pulling power as vitamins like Vitamin C. But that doesn’t mean it doesn’t have its use and it certainly doesn’t mean that it’s not effective. This is easily one of the best vitamins for hair growth, with many benefits that you just won’t get from other vitamins.

Zinc has actually been used for many years to treat several different forms of hair loss. That’s because zinc is involved with the hair growing process and by supplementing with it you can speed up that process. As well as accelerating growth zinc also limits hair loss and has been shown to be particularly effective in stopping receding hair lines.

There have even been studies to suggest that many people with alopecia may have some form of zinc deficiency, which means that its role in hair growth could be more important than ever thought.

Zinc can be bought as a supplement and can also be found in multi-vitamins. One of the most common preparations of zinc is in the body building supplement ZMA, which contains both zinc and magnesium. This is advertised as a product that can increase anabolic activity and can also improve the quality of sleep. This is debatable, but many of these formulas contain an excessive amount of zinc and it’s just not necessary to consume such a high dose.

Pantothenic Acid (Vitamin B5)

Another one of the best vitamins for hair growth on the market is Pantothenic Acid, which is also known as Vitamin B5. One of the most promising studies performed on the effectiveness of B5 for hair growth was performed back in 2011. It showed that an analog of Pantothenic Acid was able to increase the diameter of hair follicles. Not only did this increase the thickness of the hair, but it also lowered the chances of that hair becoming damaged or falling out.

Many other studies have been performed on Pantothenic Acid and preparations of B Vitamins and most of them draw the same conclusions. In fact, Vitamin B5 is already in used by a number of specialist hair growth medications and is recommended by clinics worldwide.

B5 is often used in combination with other B Vitamins, many of which we have already discussed extensively here on Hair Growth Pills. B5 can also be taken by itself. The best way to get your fix, however, is just to make sure that you consume plenty of foods containing a B Vitamin profile. These include dairy produce like eggs and meats like beef and chicken. You can also get a good amount of B Vitamins by consuming nuts, legumes and avocados.

Iron

Iron for Hair Growth

Iron is one of those things that we all need but rarely realize until we’re not getting enough of it. Iron deficiency can cause a number of problems, including fatigue. One of the most overlooked symptoms of iron deficiency is hair damage and hair loss. If you present with hair loss to a doctor then your iron levels are one of the first things they will check, as this is such a common symptom.

Not only can a lack of iron cause hair loss, but if you make sure you get the right amount of it then you can promote hair growth and make sure that the hair you have is strong and healthy. Iron deficiency is more common in women, but can be present in both sexes. Iron is not always found in multi-vitamins as it is possible to get too much of it (quite easily) and because it is abundant in food, they tend to put very small doses of it in multi-vitamins.

If you think you may be deficient in iron then you can try supplementing with a tablet that gives you 100% of your RDA or slightly less. If you notice an improvement then you can continue to take it. You can also just try to get more iron in your diet. There is a common misconception that you can only find iron in rich red meats, which leaves vegans and vegetarians at a loss. However, iron can actually be found in abundance in foods like spinach and swiss chard. It is also found in eggs, making them one of the best foods for hair growth because of their combination of healthy fats (although not quite fish oils) , B Vitamins and iron.

Vitamin D

Vitamin D for Hair Growth

Another one of the best vitamins for hair growth is Vitamin D. We have actually mentioned this several times through the Hair Growth Pills site, and there is a reason or that. This is a vitamin that is hugely beneficial and its importance can not be stressed enough. However, it’s also one that can do you more harm than good if you get it wrong.

The best way to get Vitamin D is to make sure you consume foods like oily fish (also good for your dose of Omega fatty acids), mushrooms and avocados, and then to make sure you get around 30 minutes of sunlight everyday. The sunlight will help to improve the way your body absorbs this vitamin. Without it, very little is absorbed.

If you don’t get any Vitamin D then your skin and hair will suffer. If you get too much sun, then your hair and skin will suffer even more. So, don’t overdo it. Take it easy, but make sure you consume this vitamin and then soak up a little sunshine.