Balding is definitely a condition that most people do not want to deal with. It is something that leaves a person feeling anxious and sometimes, insecure about their looks. Businesses have been aware of this mindset and developed marketing campaigns specifically engineered to target the anti hair loss industry. There are some remedies that are truly effective in helping slow down the progression of the alopecia. Others however, merely provide worthless sugar pills and services that do nothing more than take the money off the hapless buyer.
Vitamin supplements are another example of remedies that do not usually work as claimed. In fact, some are even marketed as being able to prevent hair loss completely. While there has yet to be a cure found for balding, ingesting vitamin supplements is most certainly not it. Some manufacturers base their claims on tests that have provided encouraging results. These however were mostly made on mice instead of human subjects. Actual testing that provides confirmatory results still have to be conducted to support this claim.
Hair loss occurs in different ways. Androgenic alopecia is perhaps the most common balding condition that people will experience. This happens when the hair follicles are cut-off from the nutrient rich supply of the blood stream by a hormone called dihydrotestosterone. Taking more vitamins and minerals will not remedy androgenic alopecia because it would be unable to reach the hair follicles anyway.
Another balding condition is alopecia areata, an autoimmune condition where the body’s white blood cells mistake the hair follicles as a foreign body and attack it, causing its shrinkage. Additional vitamin intake however will not stop these white blood cells from attacking the hair follicles. It does not specifically address the situation.
Telogen effluvium as well as other stress related hair loss causes create a rapid shift in the hair growth cycle resulting in hair to be shed in clumps. The best thing to do here is to identify the cause of the stress. Hair growth usually resumes on its own about six months after the reason for the hair loss has disappeared. Again vitamin supplementation will have no relation to the cause for balding.
This does not mean however that taking vitamins is totally ineffectual to address a hair loss condition. It may still be used in cases of a poor diet or vitamin deficiency. These cases are so rare however that it would require deliberate or unavoidable circumstances to generate such a situation. A person can easily derive his daily vitamin requirements from the regular foods that he eats. He can also get vitamin D from sun exposure or be able to naturally synthesize other vitamin requirements in the body. If hair loss does occur, being able to remedy it would no longer be the main concern. A visit to the nearest hospital might be a better solution to immediately treat the cause of the balding.
Vitamins do not prevent hair loss. An over supply might even result in nausea, diarrhea and other adverse side effects. It can even cause hair loss itself, such as taking too much selenium.