Hair is an important indicator of the nutritional status of the body. Many diseases can negatively affect their growth, structure, and thickness. Their condition is also an important cultural and social aspect, as healthy and well-groomed hair contributes to self-esteem and well-being.
The key to maintaining beautiful and strong hair is a balanced diet that provides all the necessary vitamins and minerals. Their deficit is indicated not only by systemic problems of the body but also by the condition of the hair. Hair follicles are metabolically active structures. The condition of the hair may be influenced by factors such as malnutrition, the poorly selected caloric content of the diet, protein, and microelements deficiency. The diet should provide both fat-soluble and water-soluble vitamins. The most important are vitamins A, E, C, D, vitamins from group B, and also iron.
The diet should provide the body not only with vitamins and minerals, but also all the ingredients needed for the proper development and growth of hair. It’s a good idea to eat a diet rich in green vegetables, fruit, whole grains, healthy fats, and high-quality protein.
There are various reasons for hair loss. It is often the result of an unbalanced diet, accompanying diseases, hormonal disorders, stress, or even medications. Plants can help strengthen and stimulate hair to grow.
Nettle has a nourishing effect on the entire body, contributing to the good condition of the skin, hair, and nails. In medicine, it is used primarily in androgenetic alopecia. The field horsetail strengthens the hair. Nettle and horsetail are often combined with burdock root, which stimulates hair growth and has antifungal and antibacterial properties. Burdock oil inhibits hair loss and effectively helps with dandruff.
Onions and garlic are rich sources of sulfur compounds. Sulfur is the main component that builds hair proteins. Garlic used in the form of a gel improves the condition of the hair in alopecia areata.
Ginkgo biloba improves the condition of hair and stimulates its growth. Due to their high efficiency, ginkgo biloba extracts are used as an ingredient in hair nourishing cosmetics.
Saw Palmetto Extract is obtained from the fruit of the palm tree. It has an anti-androgenic effect, therefore it is helpful in the treatment of androgenetic alopecia.
Topical rosemary extract improves microcirculation and inhibits androgens. When used externally, the essential oil stimulates hair growth. The mechanism of action of the oils is based on the local irritating effect. The blood vessels dilate and the blood flow increases, thanks to which the skin and surrounding tissues are warmed up and better supplied with nutrients. Additionally, rosemary oil is characterized by a high content of antioxidant compounds. The oils used must be diluted with a carrier oil (e.g. olive oil) before they are used. Other oils used in excessive hair loss include lavender, thyme, and cedar.
A balanced diet rich in vitamins and minerals, as well as the use of plant-based products, can accelerate hair growth and keep your hair healthy.
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