If your hair isn’t as luscious as it used to be and you’re distressed about thinning, unhealthy-looking hair, you may have vitamin deficiencies that need medical evaluation. At his Long Island practice in West Islip, New York and at his practice in Manhattan, New York, Dr. Keith Durante offers nutritional deficiency diagnosis and treatment, providing vitamins to protect the hair you have and promote new growth. To find out if vitamin deficiencies are the cause of your hair loss, schedule an appointment by phone today.
If you have vitamin deficiencies in your diet, it can result in premature hair loss. Hair follicles depend on proper nutrition for proper growth of healthy hair.
When you lack vitamins, your follicles may not function properly. This dysfunction can impact hair growth, as well as the structure of the hair, causing brittle hair and excessive loss.
In the case of alopecia, a chronic condition that causes hair loss, a deficiency in niacin is often the culprit.
A primary nutrient for healthy hair is biotin, a B-vitamin found in foods like eggs, almonds, and spinach. Biotin is also available as a dietary supplement. Signs of a biotin deficiency include hair loss all over the body, red rashes around the eyes, nose, and mouth, and frequent skin infections.
Vitamin D is also essential for hair growth and quality. This vitamin helps create new hair follicles and can improve the thickness of your hair. Vitamin D is also important for preserving the hair you still have.
Other vitamins necessary for hair growth include the B-complex group of vitamins, as well as vitamins A, C, D, E, and K.
If you’re not getting the necessary vitamins as part of your diet, Dr. Durante may recommend using dietary supplements to support good nutritional health. Supplements may be especially important if you have other health conditions that limit your body’s ability to absorb vitamins properly, including Crohn’s disease and celiac disease.
You may also work with him to improve your daily diet, incorporating more whole, fresh foods that contain essential vitamins to promote healthy hair growth. These foods may include:
Dr. Durante can work with you to determine which vitamin supplements you need based on your medical history and current eating habits.
In addition to taking nutritional supplements and improving your diet, Dr. Durante also recommends limiting your use of styling products and blow-drying to prevent additional hair loss.
Water is also an important factor in healthy hair, and you should try to drink six to eight glasses of water a day to promote the growth of healthy, well-nourished hair.
Schedule a consultation by phone today to learn more about available vitamins to prevent hair loss.