Prenatal Vitamins for Hair Growth

Many questions abound as to whether prenatal vitamins can be taken for hair growth without any side effects for non-pregnant women and even for males.  In fact many people really believe that prenatal vitamins can help to grow abundant healthier and beautiful hair.  So is this a fact or a myth?

 

Actually there is still no proof that prenatal vitamins can assist hair growth especially for people who are not pregnant.  The reason why so many non-pregnant women are still opting for prenatal vitamins for hair growth is the fact that they do see pregnant women having shinier and thicker hair after taking prenatal vitamins hence to them, that is already sufficient proof.

 

It is true that prenatal vitamins does contain the needed vitamins and minerals that can help in promoting healthier hair growth.  Prenatal vitamins contains the following essential vitamins and minerals:

  • Folate which is great in stimulating hair growth and regenerating certain dried-up cells in the scalp.

  • Calcium which helps in facilitating healthier hair growth and sustaining nourishing hair follicles and scalp.

  • Iron for manufacturing of new blood to carry oxygen and essential nutrients to the scalp for a healthier and dandruff-free scalp

  • Vitamin A for regulating the synthesis of retinoic acid in hair follicles

  • Vitamin B which helps to nourish the scalp and promote hair growth, regulate stress levels as well as provide essential nourishment for the baby's growth

  • Vitamin C for easier absorption of iron

  • Vitamin D for stimulating hair follicles

  • Vitamin E for improving blood flow on the scalp

During pregnancy, the amount of estrogen produced actually doubles which is another strong factor for making hair grow thicker and longer.  Opinions still differ.  One school of thought believes that estrogen is the sole factor in hair growth during pregnancy while another school of thought believes that both prenatal vitamins and estrogen can contribute to hair growth.

 

Prenatal vitamins when not pregnant

 

If you are not pregnant and are seriously considering taking prenatal vitamins for hair growth, be aware of these potential side effects:

  • Excessive folic acid may cause deficiency of vitamin B12 which is hard to detect.

  • Excessive iron may cause constipation, nausea and vomiting.  There is a possibility of it being life threatening too.

  • Excessive vitamin A, being non-water soluble, may result in the reverse effect of hair loss rather than hair growth as well as being potentially life-threatening if not taken in moderation.

Hence, after understanding all the potential health risks, it is still much better to always seek the advice of medical experts who are in the best position to determine whether prenatal vitamins are really suitable for non-pregnant women and if it is really suitable, determine the right dosage to take.

 

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