Is Vitamin E Good for Your Hair?

Author: Gabrielle Marks
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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.

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Works Cited

Niki E, Noguchi N, et. al
"Interaction among vitamin C, vitamin E, and B-carotene"
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Huntington College of Health Sciences
"Have a “Good" Hair Day"
www.hchs.edu/literature/Hair.pdf

Rice University
"Antioxidants and Free radicals"
http://www.rice.edu/~jenky/sports/antiox.htmlhttp://www.rice.edu/~jenky/sports/antiox.html







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