The best way to help hair regrowth is to make sure your body has the proper nutrients. No amount of shampoos and conditioners or other shop-bought treatments can take the place of vitamins and minerals on the inside to produce the best head of shiny hair on the outside.

Thinning hair and hair loss affects many people worldwide. By age 35 around 66 per cent of men will begin to see some decrease in hair growth, and the percentages rise with increasing age. However, it’s not only men who are affected; 40 per cent of women suffer from thinning hair or hair loss which can result in feelings of depression and lack of self-esteem for both genders. Many also suffer from alopecia, an immune system disorder where no hair grows on the body.

Hair loss can indicate poor health, so it isn’t merely an issue of vanity or a lack of youth and fabulous genes. Considering that your body needs the proper fuel to function in every area of its operations, it’s only natural that a bad diet can affect your hair.

The vitamins and minerals necessary for the best protection against hair loss or thinning are:

Vitamin C: This is an antioxidant and it helps to clean up and heal the damage caused by free radicals in the body including the hair follicles. Adequate amounts can be found in citrus fruits, bell peppers, Brussels sprouts and berries.

Vitamin E: Is another antioxidant,it also deals with free radicals which can cause oxidative stress in the scalp and affects the follicles, which then fail to produce hair growth. It’s found in butter, eggs, kale, carrots, sweet potato and many more vegetables.

Vitamin B: B12, B3 and Biotin, or vitamin B7, are B-complex vitamins. For healthy hair growth, you need enough biotin, and hair loss is a pointer to a deficiency. Good sources are bananas, beans, avocados and leafy greens.

Vitamin A: Deficiencies (though rare) can result in many serious health problems. A deficiency also leads to dry hair. (But be aware that too much Vitamin A can be toxic).

Vitamin D: This essential vitamin is easily sourced from sunshine and is important for preventing hair loss, especially in women. You can take supplements.
Iron: Studies have tied a deficiency in iron to hair loss. Iron rich foods include white beans, chocolate, and lentils.

Zinc: A deficiency of zinc is a well-documented contributing factor to hair loss. Foods high in zinc are garlic, chickpeas and pumpkin seeds.

Iodine: This mineral is necessary to support the function of the thyroid gland, and disruption to this gland can cause hair loss among many other health problems. Many in
Australia don’t get enough iodine so it’s recommended to use iodised table salt rather than plain salt.

Before taking vitamin and mineral supplements for hair regrowth always check with your doctor, especially if you are on prescription medication as supplements can conflict with medication.