Can a daily supplement really help you regrow hair? Is that even possible? Yes, but your diet often plays an even larger role. A diet rich in micronutrients and balanced in macronutrient intake is the a cornerstone of healthy hair growth. Implementing a healthy diet is a necessity, but some supplements have been shown to support hair growth.
A recent study conducted in France showed how a supplement of Omega’s 3 & 6 and antioxidants increased hair density. Women in the study reported thicker hair, and decreased hair loss. Researchers found that women on this supplement regimen had more hair follicles moving from the resting phase into the growth phase.
When choosing supplements for hair growth, it is important to pay attention to the science if you want to see results. The study mentioned above found statistically significant increases in hair diameter, density, and volume. Participants in the study were given a supplement consisting of:
After three months, 90% of women in the supplement group saw a decrease in hair loss. After 6 months, 79% of women saw an increase in hair diameter, and hair density increased in 87% of women.
The best known natural source of Omega fatty acids comes from fish oil. I recommend purified oil from Nordic Naturals. This environmentally responsible company uses sustainable fishing practices, which is vital if we want to continue to enjoy the wonderful benefits of fish oil and healthy ecosystems. For vegetarians, I recommend ground flax seed or flaxseed oil, a potent plant source of Omegas 3&6.
Participants in this study benefited from the combined hair growth effect of omegas and antioxidants. In the study researchers used the anti-oxidative effect of several vitamins. If you’d like to try to recreate a similar effect, you could pair an omega supplement with an antioxidant supplement or antioxidant rich foods like blueberries or lemons.
Omegas 3 & 6 are nutritious fats that decrease micro-inflammation. Omegas 3 & 6 also help to minimize the role of androgens like testosterone and di-hydro-testosterone in our bodies while having a positive effect on blood circulation. (For more ways to increase scalp circulation read my posts on Essential Oils and Scalp Massage.)
Antioxidants contribute to hair growth at the cellular level by reducing the impact of oxidative stress. Oxidative stress at the hair follicle can disrupt hair follicle cycling and negatively effects the way cells migrate and divide.
If you want to learn about more supplements to help you reverse hair loss – make sure to read my guide on Hair Growth Supplements.
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