B Vitamins for Hair Growth and Thickness

How do B Vitamins Promote Health Hair Growth?

In case you didn't know, there are eight B vitamins: thiamine (vitamin B1), riboflavin (vitamin B2), niacin (vitamin B3), pantothenic acid, vitamin B6, biotin (vitamin B7), folic acid (B9), and vitamin B12.  They are all are water-soluble and they all aid in cell metabolism.

B vitamins are also commonly associated with hair health, and are often known to thicken and strengthen hair strands in men and women.  B vitamins help grow hair by aiding the body to handle stress, as stress can lead to hair loss.  To look into this in more depth, here, we look at all eight B vitamins and how each one can benefit the hair.

Vitamin B1 – Thiamin.

Vitamin B1, more commonly known as thiamin, helps support adrenal function, help calm and maintain a healthy nervous system, and is necessary for the key metabolic processes.

Vitamin B2 – Riboflavin.

Vitamin B2, also called riboflavin, is a water-soluble vitamin present in most plant tissues. Riboflavin is one of the essential B vitamins, known to help calm and maintain a healthy nervous system, and facilitate key metabolic processes, including helping to turn food into energy.

Vitamin B3 – Niacin

Vitamin B3 is actually made up of niacin (nicotinic acid) and niacinamide. Niacin is essential for the metabolism of carbohydrates and fats. Also known as nicotinic amide, it is a potent cell-communicating ingredient that offers multiple benefits for ageing skin.

Assuming skin is being protected from sun exposure, niacinamide can improve skin's elasticity, dramatically enhance its barrier function, help erase discolourations, and revive skin's healthy tone and texture. Nicotinic amide also contains elements that help to maintain healthy hair growth.

Vitamin B5 – Pantothenic Acid.

Vitamin B5 (pantothenic acid) helps support adrenal function and a healthy nervous system. The vitamin’s name derives from the Greek word pantothen, meaning “from everywhere,” reflecting the fact that small amounts of pantothenic acid can be found in nearly every food.

Pantothenic Acid has been associated with healthy hair growth. It can help prevent hair loss, keep you from going grey, and is also good for your nails.

Vitamin B6 – Pyridoxine.

Vitamin B6, also called pyridoxine, helps support adrenal function, and can help calm and maintain a healthy nervous system. Vitamin B6 acts as a coenzyme in the breakdown and utilization of carbohydrates, fats and proteins.

Vitamin B6 has many functions in the body and one of these is to help regulate hormones. The correlation between hair loss and hormones has been widely established, leading to the speculation that vitamin B6 may help with hair regrowth. There is more than anecdotal evidence, as several small-scale clinical studies have shown positive results with vitamin B6 as a hair growth agent.

Vitamin B7 – Biotin.

Biotin helps support adrenal function, helps calm and maintain a healthy nervous system, and is necessary for the key metabolic processes. Biotin is essential for the metabolism of carbohydrate and fat, and is widely associated with promoting healthy hair growth.

Biotin has been called 'hair food' and rightly so since one of the effects seen most often is an increased rate of growth in the hair when taking biotin supplements on a daily basis.

Vitamin B9 – Folic Acid Or Folate.

Folic Acid (folate) occurs naturally in foods, while folic acid is the synthetic form of folate. It can aid in the healthy production of hair cells.

Folic acid, an essential B vitamin, and it is vital to the proper functioning of the human body. A deficiency in folic acid can cause a host of medical problems, including the stunting of hair growth.

Vitamin B12 – Cobalamin.

Vitamin B12, also known as cyanocobalamin or cobalamin, helps support adrenal function, maintain a healthy nervous system, is necessary for key metabolic processes, and is important to DNA synthesis. B12 is considered an important aid to the function of healthy hair cells. 

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