Hair supplements, what they are and when to take them

 , Naturopath


- natural hair supplements, food or herbal, provide a supplement of vitamins and minerals and are useful for restore vigor to the foliage or slow down the process of involution. Let's find out better.

> Oily hair, dry hair and brittle hair

> Food supplements for healthier hair

> Natural herbal supplements



Oily hair, dry hair and brittle hair

Hair is part of our integumentary system (skin) and it is mirror of a good physical condition. Any hormonal, psychic, alimentary dysfunction can have negative effects on the health of our hair.

Oily hair: in addition to dandruff, greasy hair can also be accompanied by an itchy sensation caused by the quality or excess of sebum, which clogs the follicles and hinders the growth of healthy hair. It is no coincidence, in fact, that sebaceous hypersecretion is associated with hair loss. There cause what makes the hair oily and the scalp oily is the access of sebum, which is secreted by the follicles on the scalp, also covering the hair shaft. At the base of this overabundance of sebum there can be: fhormonal actors (excess of testosterone), stress, pollution, too aggressive shampoos, digestive disorders, liver overload, food intolerances, excess dairy products and fats in the diet.

Dry and brittle hair: the causes can be the daily use of wrong cosmetic products, too aggressive like a shampoo with an inadequate pH or hair dyes, or it sports in the pool: the chlorine used for disinfection leads to the loss of the natural humidity inherent in the structure of the canopy.  

Even the constant use of a hair straightener or hairdryer at too high temperatures can worsen the situation by drying the hair and making it more fragile. In general, we can say that dry and brittle hair is a symptom of a lack of omega 3 fatty acids and vitamins.  


Food supplements for healthier hair

Nowadays, due to the stressful rhythms of work and an unregulated diet, many people do not introduce an adequate amount of vitamins and minerals, because perhaps they are forced to consume quick and not entirely correct meals from a nutritional point of view; in addition, constipation, indigestion, a heavy liver can only make the situation worse.

Other factors can affect hair health: the smoke, coffee, alcohol and drugs hinder the absorption of vitamins and minerals.

A healthy diet and eventual resorting to dietary supplements they can restore vigor to the foliage or at least slow down the involution process.

  • Proteins e fundamental amino acids: hair is mainly made up of keratin, a protein particularly rich in sulfur amino acids contained in eggs, meat, fish (shellfish also contain the indispensable zinc) which gives volume and shine. These food products contain amino acids such as cystine, biotin and lysine.
  • Minerals: among the most important minerals, contained in both plant and animal foods (hence the need for a varied diet), we remember the iron, zinc, magnesium and copper.
  • Vitamins: they are particularly concentrated in citrus fruits, berries, kiwi, green tea, broccoli and in general in fresh fruit and vegetables. 
  • Wheat germ: its benefits derive from the presence of precious vitamins of group B (B1, B3, B5 and B6), lecithin, vitamin A, D, but what most characterizes it is the high percentage of vitamin E, which plays a very important action antioxidant on tissue cells, able to counteract the level of free radicals. Wheat germ can be found as vegetable oil, in flakes and can be added raw, in dishes as a condiment in salads, sauces, etc.      
  • Oil seeds: they are precious sources of essential fatty acids, which nourish the hair and help it regulate the production of sebum. These include almonds, sesame seeds, flax seeds and sunflower seeds.  
  • Brewer's yeast: its consumption has beneficial effects on the intestinal bacterial flora, on the skin, nails and hair.
  • Goji Berries: native to the Himalayas, with the shape similar to a small cherry, they contain up to 500 times the vitamin C contained in an orange. Goji contains 6 vitamins, 21 minerals, 18 amino acids, 8 polysaccharides which have a fundamental role in improving the immune system, it contains increasing amounts of carotenoids, zinc, calcium, selenium, phosphorus and germanium. Goji fruit is one of the most powerful antioxidants created by nature.
  • Algae: algae are plants that live in the waters of seas, lakes and rivers. It is a food substantially devoid of caloric intake, with a much higher quantity of mineral salts than the plants that grow on earth and a varied vitamin content (vitamins A, B, C, D, E, K, B12). The nutritional composition varies according to the type of algae; the most common for consumption are kelp, alaria, nori, the sweet.


You can also learn more about homeopathic remedies for hair care


Natural herbal supplements for the hair 

Among the most effective natural herbal remedies to treat oily hair are:

  • Tea tree oil. It is an essential oil extracted from tea tree and boasts sebum balancing, antibacterial and antifungal properties. It is indicated, in fact, in case of itching, dandruff, dermatitis. You can rub or add 3 drops of essential oil to 1 dose of shampoo.
  • Nettle. You can make daily frictions with the decoction of nettle (also for internal use as a herbal tea). It is prepared by boiling 100 g of leaves for 30 minutes in 5 dl of water, filtering and bottling. Before shampooing, rub the scalp. 
  • Juniper. It influences and modulates the sebaceous glands in the production of sebum and also has antiseptic properties (disinfectants.
  • Ivy. It has vasoconstrictive and astringent properties useful in relieving oily seborrhea.
  • Peppermint. It is a plant widely used in cosmetics, because it regulates the production of sebum, thanks to its balsamic and disinfectant properties.

Among the most effective natural remedies to apply on dry and damaged hair we have:

  • linseed oil,
  • Argan oil, 
  • Wheat germ oil, 
  • ylang-ylang essential oil.


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