As well we know, there are many choices of natural supplements and vitamins to promote hair growth. But in fact, not all of these products can work best for hair loss treatment. Another thing that will direct you to choose the wrong choice, not all of them are approved by FDA and recommended by the American Hair Loss Association. If you still don’t get any idea about a specific product you should choose, the following are pieces of helpful information and reviews about the effectiveness of some natural and supplements to prevent and treat hair loss.
If you want to take a specific nutrient supplement for hair growth, first it’s important to make sure that you are being at lack of specific essential nutrients that cause your hair loss. Remember that taking any kind of this supplement is only a complementary choice. In other words, it is only required if you have a specific nutrient deficiency.
If you have a well-balanced diet or are not being at lack of certain nutrient but you experience hair loss or thinning hair, taking supplement may not provide a significant improvement. For this case, your hair loss may be caused by other factors other than nutrient deficiencies.
Sometime taking supplement also can be counterproductive. For instance, vitamin A can help promote hair growth. But if you don’t have vitamin A deficiency and you take vitamin A supplement, you are more likely to have too much vitamin A and this can increase your risk of losing more hair. So, it’s so important to consume the supplement on the right dosage!
For these reasons, it’s much better to visit a dermatologist to find in-depth information and get a completely evaluation about the exact cause behind your excessive hair loss problem.
If the problem is caused by certain medical problem (such as thyroid disease) or even a genetic trait, taking supplement alone is often not enough to cope with the problem (medical intervention is often needed for this case).
As mentioned before, there are some common natural supplements to promote hair growth. But the question, which one that works best and can provide a significant improvement to treat hair loss? Below are some reviews of them:
It is a kind of herb which also sometime used as a spice in some foods. While its oils can be mixed in beverages, its leaf can be used in foods. In herb, the oil of rosemary is extracted (the oil is derived from the leaf) and then can be used for medicine.
The hair loss treatment with rosemary is typically in topical option. In other words, it’s used by applying it on skin or scalp of where hair growth is expected. Does it work effective? If compared with other home remedies such as with saw palmetto, coenzyme Q-10, and beta-sitosterol – rosemary may be able to work more effective, according to WebMD.
Unfortunately, the mechanism of how rosemary help improve the chance of growing more hair is still not fully understood. But some experts have theory that it may provide a significant contribution to help improve the blood circulation of the scalp and hair.
Rosemary is not only commonly used for growing more hair. Sometime it is also used for expediting menstrual flow in women, treating heartburn, increasing appetite, lowering blood pressure, and treating headache. In manufacturing, it is also popular to make perfumes (one of common choices for fragrant component).
How about with the side effects? Rosemary supplements are not recommended for pregnant women and breastfeeding women. If you have seizure disorders, they also should be avoided because they can worsen the symptoms of seizure disorders.
Moreover, too much use of rosemary can be potential to cause skin redness, kidney irritation, allergic reactions, vomiting, or even uterine bleeding. Taking undiluted oil orally (taken by mouth) is also not recommended. But in general, rosemary is likely safe for most individuals particularly if applied on the skin (topical option) or for aromatherapy (inhaled option).
Unlike protein and carbohydrate, your body needs zinc in very small of quantity. Nevertheless, the function of zinc is very vital for the body to keep functioning optimal. With other essential minerals such as iron, selenium, iodine, and vitamins – zinc is categorized into a group called micronutrients.
Fortunately, zinc deficiency is not common in many countries, including in the US. But in fact, losing too much hair per day also can be a sign of zinc deficiency. Other symptoms are dry skin, appetite deficiency, poor insulin sensitivity /low levels of insulin, some digestive problems (such as nausea and diarrhea), and slowed growth.
Zinc is needed by hair follicles to start growing. Since zinc deficiency is rare case, it’s important to make sure that you are being at lack of zinc before taking zinc supplement.
For in-depth information about the role of zinc to help prevent hair loss, visit this section!
Zinc supplement is ‘likely safe’ for most healthy people (adults) when taken orally /by mouth in safely amounts (not higher than 40 mg /day). It is also likely safe when applied on the skin. However since zinc is typically needed in smaller quantities by the body, taking it routinely is commonly not recommended without the supervision of a doctor or your healthcare provider.
Are there any side effects of taking zinc supplements? Applying zinc on the broken /damage skin is commonly not recommended because it can cause tingling, itching, stinging, or burning.
Some people also reports that they experienced nausea, diarrhea, vomiting, or metallic taste after taking zinc supplement. In rare cases, the more serious side effects such as stomach and kidney damage may also occur, particularly if zinc is used too much.
For women with breastfeeding or being pregnant, zinc is also safe to be consumed – but there are specific limitations of how far they should go with it. However to keep safe, consult first with your doctor before taking zinc if you are being pregnant or breastfeeding! Furthermore, zinc supplement is not recommended for people with HIV /AIDS because it might shorten their life – according Mayo Clinic.
Like rosemary, lavender or ‘lavandula angustifolia’ is also a kind of herb. Both the oil and flower of lavender can be used for medicine. Today, it is very popular to drive away mosquitoes or other insects.
Though there is no adequate evidence to confirm the effectiveness of lavender for hair growth, but some experts believe that it is possibly effective to help improve the health of hair.
With the combination of cedarwood, rosemary, and thyme – lavender that applied on the scalp may help provide improvement about 40 percent of hair growth after 7 months. However, the result can vary from person to person.