Doctor, which vitamin is good for hair? No the answer is NOT BIOTIN. Studies (source) proves that biotin does NOT have a role in hair regrowth until unless there is evidence of biotin deficiency. Interestingly, biotin deficiency is very rare (source) because most foods have biotin and our intestine flora produces biotin.

So, the question arises which vitamin is good for hair? The answer is we need a wholesome hair regrowth supplement with the following ingredients:

  • Vitamins: It should have RDA(Recommended Dietary Allowance) of all the vitamins for hair growth especially calcium pantothenate, Vitamin B12 and Vitamin D3.
  • Minerals like Iron, Zinc, copper, selenium.
  • Amino acid especially L-cysteine, Leucine
  • Herbs like grape seed extracts
  • Collagen

 

 

I have mentioned the role of each of these nutrients at the end of this article, do check them out. Besides supplements, you need a hair regrowth diet that can supply proteins, vitamins, minerals. After all, you can’t take supplements to support the growth of your hair lifelong!

Watch this video to know more about role of supplements in hair re-growth and what is the correct way of consuming Vitamin for hair re-growth: 

4: MuscleXP 

AVAILABLE AT: Amazon.in

Pros:

  • Muscle XP has recommended Dietary Allowance(RDA) of Vitamin A, C, B1, B2, B3, B5, B6, B12, E, K along with minerals. These might help in correcting any nutritional cause of hair loss.
  • It has the following Minerals: Calcium, Magnesium, Iron, Zinc, Manganese, Selenium, Iodine, and copper
  • It has 5000 micrograms of Biotin that might help in nail growth, though studies supporting the role of high dose biotin hair regrowth is sparse.
  • Might help in hair regrowth by providing 3 amino acids and 12 minerals that can promote the growth of new hair.
  • It has a combination of inositol with choline that has studies to support their role in hair regrowth.
  • It has grape seed extracts that can help in hair growth and acts as a natural DHT inhibitor.
  • It might be helpful in stopping the progress of premature greying of hair, especially if the cause is a nutritional deficiency.
  • It is free from starch, talc, and other chemicals.

Cons:

    • Does not have Vitamin D

 

 

 3: TrueBasics Multivit Women

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Pros:

In addition to ingredients in Muscle XP, it also has:

    • Vitamin D 400 IU
    • Minerals like Molybdenum and chromium
    • Anti-oxidants like lycopene, pomegranate extract, astaxanthin
    • Curcumin (turmeric extracts)
    • Various herbs for that contribute to women wellness

Cons:

    • Does not have amino acids.

 

TrueBasics Multivit Men

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Pros:

In addition to ingredients in Muscle XP, it also has:

    • Ginseng and Gingko Biloba can help in AGA because they can reduce DHT levels
    • Omega 3 fatty acids help in hair regrowth
    • Antioxidants like Lutein, Amla and alpha-lipoic acid
    • Herbs for Men wellness

Cons:

  • Does not have amino acids.

 

GNC Women

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Pros:

    • It has RDA of Vitamin A, C, D, B1, B2, B3, B5, B6, B12, E. Unlike Muscle XP, it has 400IU of Vitamin D.
    • Minerals: It has Calcium, Phosphorus, Zinc and Copper
    • 2 most important Amino acids that help in hair re-growth: L-cysteine and DL-Methionine
    • Grape seed extract
    • Potent Anti-oxidants like alpha lipoic acid, Zeaxanthin, lutein, Resevetrol, cranberry extract and citrus bioflavonoids that skin repairing, anti-ageing effect.
    • Hydrolysed collagen help in hair growth and anti-ageing.
    • It is a trusted brand that is known for health supplements.

Cons:

    • The price is slightly on higher side.

GNC Mega men

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Pros:

    • It has RDA of Vitamin A, C, D, B1, B2, B3, B5, B6, B12, E. Unlike Muscle XP, it has 400IU of Vitamin D.
    • Minerals: It has Calcium, Magnesium, Phosphorus, Zinc, Copper, Selenium, Manganese, Chromium, Molybdenum, Iron
    • Grape seed extract, Inositol and choline
    • Potent Anti-oxidants like lycopene, Zeaxanthin, lutein, and citrus bioflavonoids and resveratrol that skin repairing, anti-ageing effect.
    • Pumpkin seed extracts especially help in reducing the activity of the 5-alpha reductase enzyme, therefore, might have an effect on Male pattern baldness.
    • It is a trusted brand that is known for health supplements.

CONS:

    • Does not have amino acids
    • It is costly.

 

1: Wellwoman Hair follic

AVAILABLE AT AMAZON.IN

Pros:

    • It has RDA of Vitamin A, C, D, B1, B2, B3, B5, B6, B12, E. Unlike other multivitamins, it has a higher amount of vitamins D (600IU), Biotin (75mcg) and Vitamin B12 (10mcg) that are known to be deficient in hair loss patients.
    • It has 10 minerals- Magnesium, Iron, iodine, Manganese Chromium, selenium, manganese, copper, Iron, silicon, zinc
    • It has 2 amino acid-L cystine, L Methionine
    • It has grape seed extract
    • It has collagen that helps in hair regrowth

Cons: It is non Vegetarian

 

 

Wellman Hair follic

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Pros:

    • It has RDA of Vitamin A, C, D, B1, B2, B3, B5, B6, B12, E. Unlike other multivitamins, it has a higher amount of vitamins D (600IU), Biotin (75mcg) and Vitamin B12 (10mcg) that are known to be deficient in hair loss patients.
    • It has 10 minerals- Magnesium, Iron, iodine, Manganese Chromium, selenium, manganese, copper, iron, silicon, zinc
    • It has 3 amino acid-L cystine, L Methionine, L-Lysine
    • Has Inositol, choline
    • Has hair regrowth promoting ingredients Proanthracyanodin, Lignan (from flaxseeds), N-Acetyl cysteine, it has Amino lignan complex that helps in Male pattern baldness

BEST SUPPLEMENT FOR MALES IN UNITED STATES

We have reviewed the most popular and most expensive brands of hair supplement in US, however, only few have wholesome composition with vitamins, minerals and  natural DHT blocker as listed below:

 

1. Toji: Pure Density | Hair Vitamin Supplement

AVAILABLE ON AMAZON.COM

Pros:

Has vitamin (A,C,E,D,B), minerals(Calcium, Iodine, zinc, copper, selenium), saw palmetto, amino acids, Inositol+choline, herbal hair growth promoters, omega-3 fatty acid, anti-oxidant

Cons: Cautious use in allergy-prone because has soy, nuts, wheat, fish

 

 

2. Natural Wellbeing Hair Essentials 

AVAILABLE ON AMAZON.COM

Pros: Has following

  • natural DHT blockers
  • vitamin A,C,E, biotin
  • omega 3 fatty acid
  • amino acid
  • herbal extracts like amla, horsetail, flax oil

Cons: Does not contain many Vitamins, Minerals, collagen

 

3. Newopure: Natural Hair Growth Vitamins

AVAILABALE ON AMAZON.COM

Pros: Has Vitamin (A, C, E, B), minerals (calcium, zinc, copper, selenium, manganese), the therapeutic concentration of biotin, herbal hair growth promoters, antioxidants, amino acids, natural Chinese DHT blockers(Fo-Ti)

Cons: No omega 3 fatty acid

 

Best hair supplements for females in US

1. HairAnew

 

AVAILABALE ON AMAZON.

Pros: Has a therapeutic concentration of Biotin, Vitamin (A, C, E, B), Zinc, Inositol, herbal extracts (Gingko Biloba, kelp, bamboo). No soy, gluten, egg, wheat, fish, nuts. Suitable for vegans and vegetarians

Cons: No omega 3 fatty acid

 

 

2. Perfectil

AVAILABALE ON AMAZON.COM

 

Pros: Has Marine Collagen, Vitamin (B, C, D, E) minerals(magnesium, iron, copper, selenium, manganese, chromium, iodine), amino acids and powerful antioxidants like grape seed and bioflavonoids.

Cons: Non-vegetarian, No omega 3 fatty acid, No herbal hair growth stimulants, Not for people with seafood allergy

 

3. Nature’s Bounty

AVAILABLE ON AMAZON.COM

Pros: Has Vitamin (A, C, B, D, E), minerals (Zinc, Iron, Manganese, Magnesium, Copper, Molybdenum, Selenium), amino acids and powerful antioxidants
Cons: Not for people with a soy allergy, No omega 3 fatty acid, No herbal extracts

 

Role of various nutrients for hair

BIOTIN

High dose Biotin (5000-10,000 micrograms) supplements are not needed unless you have a decreased level of biotin which is very rare. Biotin is indiscriminately used for promoting hair growth. However, this study (source) proves that biotin does NOT have a role in hair regrowth unless there is evidence of biotin deficiency, which is very rare (source) because

  • most foods have biotin
  • the daily requirement of biotin is very low
  • Intestine flora produces biotin.

IRON

​Iron supplements are helpful even if your haemoglobin is normal because iron stores might be depleted. Studies show that females with hair loss had low ferritin despite normal Hemoglobin(source).

VITAMIN D and B12

Vitamin D and B12 supplements are needed if your blood reports show that they are deficient (source).

SAW PALMETO

Saw palmetto useful in male pattern baldness: Saw palmetto is naturally occurring 5 alpha-reductase inhibitors similar to Finasteride used for Androgenetic alopecia in males. There are studies to support its role in AGA both orally(source) and topically(source).

However, it can increase PSA levels by 50% making the early detection of Prostate cancer difficult. Thus, you should always discuss with your doctor that you are taking Saw palmetto supplements. Saw palmetto is lipid soluble, thus tea or liquid supplements might not be effective. The best is to use the liposterolic extract in capsules (source). It should NOT be used in females especially if they try to conceive.

AMINO ACIDS

Amino acids might be helpful: Amino acid like L-cysteine can help in hair regrowth by providing the necessary building block for hair formation.(source)

OTHER AGENTS

Horsetail extracts might NOT help and long term use of horsetail might be dangerous (source)
a Marine extracts might be helpful, however, they are usually expensive. Marine extracts from sharks are used in Viviscal capsules. There are have two studies that show a positive effect of using marine extracts for hair loss in both males and female (source). However, both the studies are sponsored by the manufacturer itself.

Omega 3 and 6 fatty acids are helpful: In a 6-months trial, females with hair loss experienced considerable hair growth with omega 3 and 6 fatty acids (source)

Methylsulfonylmethane or MSM might NOT help (source).

Inositol might help: Inositol might work as a DHT blocker but studies supporting role in hair growth lacking (source). It should be combined with choline for the best results.
Kindly note:

DHT blockers should NOT be taken by females of childbearing age because they might cause birth defects in the male child.

Do not take any supplements without talking to your doctor if you are on regular medications, pregnant, lactating, have a chronic illness, or are not feeling well.
We have tried our best to provide the right information, but we recommend you to read the label carefully and consult your physician before using the above supplements. If you spot an error in the above data, please write to us on info@dermatocare.com.

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