Herbs for Hair Growth
Many people experience thinning hair at some point in their life and wish to restore what's been lost, as well as prevent future hair loss. Most of your hair is made up of a hard protein called keratin, which supports and protects the hair. It grows at an average rate of about a half inch per month. Hair grows in phases. During one of the phases, the hair grows actively. Whereas during another phase, it "rests" before it moves back to the growth phase. A third phase is a transitional phase between the two cycles. The hairs on your head are in different phases at different times. One hair strand may be actively growing while another is resting. Your hair needs a balanced supply of vitamins and minerals for growth. That's why people who go on an extreme weight loss diet can experience hair loss. Their hair lacks the nutritional support it needs to grow. Herbal supplements that support hair growth often contain B vitamins and minerals like zinc and copper for added nutritional support. People who are deficient in B vitamins or zinc can experience hair loss. Without a balanced supply of nutrients, hair can't grow as fast and become as long.
Herbs for Hair Growth
Some food and herbs have been used historically and continue to be used today to stimulate hair growth. An example is horsetail. Horsetail contains a nutrient called silica. Silica helps to strengthen each individual hair strand, making it stronger and more resistant to breakage. Another herb used to promote healthy hair and scalp is rosemary. Research suggests that people with hair loss who massage their scalp with rosemary and other essential oils each day, may experience greater hair regrowth. Some herbal products for hair growth are formulated with a variety of herbs. These herbs work together to nourish and strengthen hair to maximize its ability to grow and stay healthy. Some people combine herbs with other hair care products such as shampoos, conditioners, and hair oils. More research is needed to confirm the benefits that natural herbs offer for hair growth. The best way to get their potential benefits is to combine herbal support with a healthy diet that contains adequate vitamins and minerals to maximize the health of your hair.
This summary is intended for general informational purposes only, and should not be interpreted as specific medical advice. The U.S. Food and Drug Administration does not strictly regulate herbs and supplements. There is no guarantee of purity, strength, or safety of the products. As a result, effects may vary. You should read product labels. In addition, if you are taking medications, herbs, or other supplements you should consult with a qualified healthcare provider before taking a supplement as supplements may interact with other medications, herbs, and nutritional products. If you have a medical condition, including if you are pregnant or nursing, you should speak to your physician before taking a supplement. Consult a healthcare provider if you experience side effects.