Beta-carotone, also known as Vitamin A, is essential for healthy hair, and encourages growth in thinning hair. Women who eat poorly may suffer from hair loss or thinning hair. Women need to ensure that they’re getting the recommended daily allowance of beta-carotene to stop hair loss and encourage hair regrowth.
In Vibrant Nation’s free report about hairstyles for thin hair and female hair restoration, Dr. Deborah S. Sarnoff, Director of Dermatologic Surgery at Cosmetique in New York City and Clinical Professor of Dermatology at New York University Medical Center, says diet matters.
“You can’t beat a healthy balanced diet for maintaining healthy hair. Supplements should not be viewed as a replacement for the protein we get from eggs, fish, poultry and soy or the vitamins and minerals we get from fresh vegetables and fruit. However, I do think omega-3 fatty acids help. So can biotin — it strengthens hair and nails.”
Beta-carotene as Vitamin A
According to Vitamins-nutrition.org, beta-carotene (and retinol) is converted to Vitamin A in the body as the body needs it. These “previtamins” are generally found in plants (green and yellow vegetables and fruits), liver, egg yolk, cheese, and milk. More specifically, you can find beta-carotene in:
- Apricots, fresh
- Endive, raw
- Leaf lettuce
- Mustard greens
- Squash, winter
- Sweet potatoes
Vitamin A helps maintain normal growth and bone development, protective sheathing around nerve fibers, as well as promoting healthy skin, hair and nails. (This is why it’s great for thinning hair. Women should try to get the recommended daily allowance of Vitamin A every day.)
It has also been attributed to:
- helping in the treatment of some eye disorders, including prevention of night blindness and glaucoma
- improving immunity, especially against respiratory and other infections
- treating acne, impetigo, boils, carbuncles and open ulcers when applied externally
- speeding healing of skin lesions, cuts and wounds
- removing age spots
- treating hyperthyroidism
To encourage hair regrowth to fill in thinning hair, women should ensure that their diet is rich in all necessary nutrients including beta-carotene. The recommended daily Vitamin A intake for women is 800 mcg (or 2666 IU). It is also available as a liquid or tablet supplement but it can be toxic in large doses, and in fact, too much Vitamin A can cause sudden or abnormal hair loss. It may also impede the absorption of antacids and calcium. Consult your doctor before beginning any supplements.
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