By age 50, almost 85 percent of men show signs of thinning hair, according to the American Hair Loss Association. Male pattern baldness, a common type of hair loss, may begin before a man even reaches 21, with a quarter of men showing the signs. If the man in your life suffers from the early stages of baldness, he might wonder what types of natural cures can help him reduce hair loss. Depending on the cause, vitamins may help treat his thinning hair and resolve deficiencies that are thinning his locks.
Low levels of this vitamin may cause a man to lose some hair. According to the Gale Encyclopedia of Alternative Medicines, vitamin A deficiencies occur more often in men with chronic illness alcoholism, impaired fat absorption and diabetes. A deficiency may also cause night blindness, skin rashes, dry eyes and fatigue. Serve meals containing meat, eggs, carrots, spinach and kale to help your man obtain adequate levels of this vitamin. A vitamin supplement that contains about 15 mg of vitamin A can reduce the risk of a deficiency.
B vitamins are an important part of overall health and they can help keep a man’s hair healthy as well. Many nutritious foods contain B vitamins, including bran, nuts, eggs, beans, peas and carrots. The University of Maryland Medical Center recommends taking B-complex, a single pill that contains several types of B vitamins. Holistic Online Alternative Medicine recommends choosing and taking a supplement three times day containing 50 mg of B3, 100 mg of B5 and 50 mg of B6.
This antioxidant vitamin may assist healthy hair growth by boosting the health of capillary vessels that transport blood to hair follicles and increase circulation near the scalp. The University of Maryland Medical Center suggests taking 500 mg to 1,000 mg twice each day. High doses of this vitamin may cause digestive discomforts, including nausea and diarrhea. Many types of foods contain this helpful vitamin. Purchase quantities of raw red peppers, black currants, oranges, kiwis, lemons, tomatoes and strawberries next time you shop for groceries. Include these items in your man’s meals to help treat his thinning hair.
This vitamin helps to increase oxygen uptake, improving scalp circulation. Healthy hair is also closely connected to a healthy immune system, which vitamin E can help boost. This antioxidant vitamin exists in nuts, eggs, beans, grains and assorted fruits and vegetables. A man should take at least 400 IU (International Units) per day to help improve the health of his hair.
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