Supplements are known for helping ward off dementia, high colds, and boost energy, but they can also help your hair health.
A lack of certain nutrients can cause hair to become grey prematurely or mean it doesn’t grow as quickly as it could.
The average person loses 50 to 100 strands of hair a day, according to the American Academy of Dermatology, so it is important to keep it nourished.
“Hair is the fastest growing natural tissue in the human body: the average rate of growth is 0.5cm – 1.7cm per month depending on ethnicity,” state The Trichological Society.
“Optimal growth occurs from age 15 to 30 and reduces from age 40 to 50.
“The speed of hair growth is based upon genetics, gender, age, hormones.
“It may be reduced by nutrient deficiency.”
These are the key nutrients you need for strong, fast-growing locks.
The nutrient is known for helping prevent dementia and Cheryl revealed she takes it for her skin, but it can assist with healthy locks too.
“Fatty acids will moisturise your hair from the inside out,” said Tom Oliver, a nutritionist and founder of Tom Oliver Nutrition (tomolivernutrition.com).
You can also get your intake from oily fish, such as salmon, and avocado.
This vitamin prevents weak hair thanks to its immunity-boosting properties.
You can find the nutrient in brightly coloured foods like berries and oranges.
“The vitamin C in these foods help with collagen production and also helps to boost immunity – poor immune function leads to hair loss and reduces its strength and condition,” explained Rick Hay, registered nutritionist and nutritional director for Healthista.
Oliver added that the vitamin works by strengthening the capillaries that supply the hair shafts.
“Try and eat blueberries and blackcurrants as they have the highest levels of Vitamin C,” he said.
“If not, try Evermore Glow supplements (evermorehealth.com) which are naturally high in vitamin C.”
Also known as vitamin B7, the nutrient can help stop hair falling out.
Hay said: “B vitamins are good as they help the body to cope with high stress levels – if stress is moderated then hair condition and growth is improved.
It can be naturally found in oats – which also have hair-loving iron – and vegetables such as broccoli and cabbage.
The nutrient helps care for the scalp, which is essential to healthy hair growth because it is where the ‘roots’ of the hair follicle sit.
It is estimated that around 25 per cent of hair loss is due to scalp issues.
Oliver said: “Vitamin A is essential for our body to naturally make sebum which is an oily substance created by our hairs sebaceous glands and provides natural conditioner for a healthy scalp.”
You can also consume the vitamin by eating foods such as carrots, sweet potato and kale.