Monday, March 2, 2009

The Essential Vitamins For Hair Growth

The average rate of growth for hair is about one half an inch per month. The average person has about 100,000 strands of hair on their head. By the time hair gets to shoulder length level, it is about 2 years old.
The question becomes, after 2+ years of constant wear, how can you possibly keep your hair look young, shiny, and resilient? The answer to your question: vitamins.
A person's overall health is reflected in their hair. A good diet, regular exercise, and a low stress level is a pretty good way to ensure great looking hair. On the other side, a poor diet, little exercise, and a bunch of stress will have your hair looking dull and lifeless, that is assuming you have much left.
With so many factors working against your hair already, it is important to take that extra step to ensure beautiful hair. There are many suggestions out there to help with this task.
Amino acids and B vitamins are useful in helping hair grow strong and fast. With only one half an inch of hair growth per month being the average, every little bit helps.
Beta-carotine will also help with hair growth. As the body demands it, beta-carotine will turn into vitamin A, which is known to help maintain growth and bone development, strength around nerve fibers, and promote healthy skin, nails, and hair. Green and yellow vegetables as well as fruits are known to house beta-carotine.
Protein is very good for the promotion of strong, healthy hair. Since hair is made from protein, a diet rich in protein will help yield beautiful hair. Some foods that have high levels of protein are eggs, yogurt, and fish.
Soy and soy protein have been shown to yield strong results in hair growth. Studies have shown that soy has helped hair to grow longer as well as strengthen it.
On the other side there are several things that you should avoid that will lead to hair problems. One of the major impediments to healthy hair is smoking. Tests have shown that smoking causes your capillaries to contract, reducing the amount of blood that can reach the hair follicles. With less blood come fewer nutrients.
While there are many factors that affect hair, proper nutrition is a sure way to get real, noticeable results that will stay.

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