Vitamin A is a powerhouse when it comes to keeping your hair feeling healthy and looking fabulous. It is one of the hardest working vitamins when it comes to the well being of the hair and scalp.
Many foods that you eat contain vitamin A including; cantaloupe, carrots, pumpkin, dark leafy greens and meat, but it’s difficult for you to receive all the benefits associated with a full daily allowance without taking a vitamin A supplement, available at most pharmacies and grocery stores. An expert recommended intake of vitamin A is 900 micrograms for men and 700 micrograms for women. More than the recommended amount is too much and can actually cause other health problems.
Vitamin A is an effective source of anti-oxidants, these anti-oxidants can remove unwanted and harmful free radicals from your hair, free radicals which are known to attach themselves to healthy cells and oxidize them, causing premature aging, and dulling and graying of the hair. Eliminating free radicals will make your hair feel lighter, give it more body, and help promote the strength and appearance of younger hair.
Vitamin A is also an anti-inflammatory agent and can stimulate the production of sebum in the scalp. Our bodies produce sebum in the follicles of the hair. The natural lipids, or oils, contained in sebum are essential for keeping your scalp healthy and moisturized. Many shampoos contain an overdose of powerful cleansing agents such as sulfates that can strip this naturally occurring substance from the hair. Washing too often or using a “cleansing” shampoo might make your hair feel squeaky clean, but it is drying your hair and leads to tangles. A properly moisturized scalp that receives a healthy dose of vitamin A helps keep the cuticle of your hair shaft smooth and leads to strong, naturally shiny hair.
A diet rich in vitamins A, D and C is an important source of nutrition for the health of skin and hair. They encourage the growth of healthy cells as well as connective tissues, increasing the efficiency of the entire body on a daily basis. Add vitamin A to your beauty regimen to ensure that your hair always remains abundant and vibrant.