Doctor shares vitamins that can help prevent hair loss and promote growth

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Hair loss can be overwhelming, but there are steps you can take (Stock Image) (Image: Getty Images)
Hair loss can be overwhelming, but there are steps you can take (Stock Image) (Image: Getty Images)

Hair loss can be tough to come to terms with, and you'll likely want to take steps to get some new healthy growth, but it can be difficult to know where to start. Whilst it's completely natural for around 50 to 100 hairs a day to be lost from our heads, it's estimated that around 15.4 million people in the UK are suffering from hair loss at any one point.

Thankfully, a doctor has listed several vitamin supplements that are said to promote hair growth and help tackle hair loss, which can occur when a hormone called dihydrotestosterone (DHT) binds itself to hair follicles and causes them to shrink, leading to thinner, shorter and finer hair.

Another factor leading to hair loss can be stress, as the hormone cortisol can interfere with hair growth and cause excess shedding and thinning. To understand more about our scalp and hair growth, So Body Co spoke to Dr Alexis Missick who is working with UK Meds about why hormonal changes and surgical procedures may cause hair loss. Dr Alexis Missick said: "Hair loss is a broad term that is used to refer to a person losing hair from different parts of their body, most commonly the scalp.

"Hair loss can be permanent or temporary and can be caused by a number of different conditions and factors. Typically, hair loss is caused by genetics, hormones, medical conditions, and some medications." Alexis also said that surgery can also cause hair loss due to the combination of anaesthesia and stress.

She went on to explain that it's common for women to experience hair loss during different hormonal cycles. She said: "Postpartum hair loss is a common condition that affects women after they have given birth. After a woman has given birth, hormonal fluctuations can cause hair follicles to enter the resting phase, which can lead to an increase in hair loss. The duration of postpartum hair loss can vary from person to person. It can last for around six to 24 weeks, and rarely lasts any longer than 15 months."

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It's recommended that you take supplements such as biotin, zinc, vitamin C, omega-3, and collagen if you're experiencing hair loss, as they can help. Studies have shown that these supplements can help improve the quality of your hair including thickness, and help reduce shedding, reports the Echo.

Danielle Kate Wroe

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