Is Vitamin E Good for Your Hair?

Author: Gabrielle Marks

Vitamin E IS good for your hair.

Getting the proper nutrition is essential for healthy skin and hair and vitamin E is no exception.

Vitamin E is recognized as a powerful antioxidant working against free radicals to prevent cell damage. For the hair follicle, vitamin E acts as an antioxidant providing physical stability to the cell membranes strengthening hair. This does not mean that you should ingest megadoses of vitamin E to get healthy hair. The key to healthy hair is a balanced and healthy diet. Over supplementation of any nutritional supplement can actually cause hair loss.

Additional Important Vitamins and Nutrients Good for Hair

Vitamin A: Like vitamin E, vitamin A is an antioxidant working to protect hair follicle cells from free radical damage. Excessive vitamin A can also cause hair loss.

Vitamin C: Another antioxidant working to protect hair follicles from free radical damage, vitamin C has the added benefit of strengthening collagen, which is found in the hair follicles.

Folic Acid: Folic acid is responsible for hair follicle growth and cell division.

Selenium: Deficiency of this trace mineral has been shown to inhibit hair growth.

Zinc: This essential mineral is critical in DNA and RNA development, which leads to normal hair follicle division.


Works Cited

Niki E, Noguchi N, et. al
"Interaction among vitamin C, vitamin E, and B-carotene"

Huntington College of Health Sciences
"Have a “Good" Hair Day"

Rice University
"Antioxidants and Free radicals"

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