Vitamins are chemical compounds that are necessary for the daily operations of the
body and in the maintenance of cellular function and biological metabolism.
Vitamins were not meant to be ingested in large amounts; but rather, in small amounts
that are deemed sufficient by the body to maintain general wellbeing.
Vitamin deficiencies often result in a myriad of problems, from poor eyesight to
the biggest enemy, hair loss.
Known as the “eye vitamin”, vitamin A is also necessary to maintain good skin and
good hair. Essentially, vitamin A is responsible for protecting the hair follicles
on the macro and micro level from damage from free radicals.
Free radicals are a class of compounds that are produced as by-products of cellular
metabolism. Free radicals have the capacity to destroy the cellular membranes of
individual cells. When this happens, cellular ageing is pre-empted.
If your diet is notoriously low in vitamin A, you probably already have very dry
hair. The recommended daily allowance for vitamin A has been tagged at 900 mcg (or
micrograms) per day. Any more than this amount is unnecessary.
Foods rich in this vitamin include:
• Sweet potatoes
The B-vitamins Group
There’s no such thing as a singular vitamin B, because there’s a whole group of related
compounds that are under the collective nomenclature of “B-vitamins”. It is generally
believed that B-vitamins are responsible for keeping the vital hair follicles nourished.
Inversely, with insufficient B-vitamins in the body, the hair follicles would starve.
There are different types of B-vitamins, each with its own unique function:
• Biotin- responsible for the cellular transportation of carbon dioxide, biotin is
also responsible for normal cell growth because it’s responsible for releasing energy.
You can get biotin from food sources such as nuts and other legumes.
• Folic acid- apart from being a vital compound that negates any potential birth
defects of the unborn, folic acid is also necessary in the maintenance of cellular
hair production. Normal hair production is dependent on normal cellular division
and that’s what folic acid can do.
Generally, you can get your dose of the B-vitamins from the following food sources:
• Dark, green veggies
• Organ meats
• Brewer’s yeast
• Wheat germ
• Polished white rice
Vitamin C or ascorbic acid is an essential vitamin for the maintenance of the protein
collagen in the skin (generally) and the scalp. Apart from this, vitamin C is a very
potent anti-oxidant (like vitamin A) and can even help delay the outward or physical
signs of ageing.
Presently, medical science touts that 90 mg of ascorbic acid per day is sufficient
for normal bodily needs. However, you should not exceed 2 grams per day.