1. Vitamin E & Hair Growth
One small clinical trial showed that Vitamin E may lead to more hairs, though not necessarily more volume.
2. Antioxidants may play a role
Some research shows that oxidative stress can lead to hair loss. Vitamin E is a potent antioxidant.
3. Risks with Vitamin E Supplements
As far as we know, Vitamin E isn't completely harmless. Taking too much can lead to health risks, including a higher risk of mortality.
While this study was small and did not have the statistical rigor of other studies, it does offer evidence that supports the link between Vitamin E and hair growth.
Study: Oxidative Stress & Hair Loss
"Our finding that linolein hydroperoxides induce the catagen phase in the murine hair cycle suggests that lipid peroxides cause hair loss. "
How they work
Antioxidants prevent cell damage by counteracting free radicals.
Effect on Disease
Research on Antioxidants and disease prevention has shown mixed results.
Berries & Fruit
Your body makes vitamin A with beta-carotene, commonly found in carrots.
Found in all sorts of fruits, Vitamin C is a very commonly consumed antioxidant.
Vitamin E can be found in nuts and seeds.
Hair and Antioxidants
"With age, the production of free radicals increases, while the endogenous defence mechanisms decrease. This imbalance leads to the progressive damage of cellular structures, presumably resulting in the ageing phenotype. Ageing of hair manifests as decrease of melanocyte function or graying, and decrease in hair production or alopecia."
Vitamin E as an Antioxidant
" Thus, virtually all of the variation and scope of vitamin E’s biological activity can be seen and understood in the light of protection of polyunsaturated fatty acids and the membrane qualities (fluidity, phase separation and lipid domains) that polyunsaturated fatty acids bring about."
Nutrition & Hair
" Micronutrients such as vitamins and minerals play an important, but not entirely clear role in normal hair follicle development and immune cell function. Deficiency of such micronutrients may represent a modifiable risk factor associated with the development, prevention, and treatment of alopecia"
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