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by Better Not Younger June 27, 2020

Most of us are aware that the nutritional needs of our bones and bodies change as we age. We require fewer calories to avoid weight gain and more calcium to feed our bones. But is there a vitamin that can fix our aging hair?

It turns out there are several.

If you are facing accelerated hair loss, you may be deficient in more than one vitamin, and it is essential to know the culprits. Your cells rely on vitamins to function and grow, and deficiencies may exacerbate hair fall.

Your scalp boasts nearly 100,000 hair follicles, and of these, 90% reside in the growing (anagen) stage and require micronutrients like vitamins to sufficiently forge a robust head of hair. So if you are finding more strands in your brush than on your head, read on to find out which vitamins you should take for hair loss.

Your Hair's Ingredients

Hair’s primary building block is a protein called keratin, made up of 18 amino acids and comprising up to 95% of your total hair fiber by weight.

Your hair also consists of water and natural oils, called lipids and has three essential structures: the outermost layer, called the cuticle, is made of overlapping shingle-like cells that give your hair its shine; the middle layer known as the cortex contains protein filament bundles; and the medulla, a honeycomb-like, spongy core inside the cortex.

What Causes Aging-Related Hair Loss?

According to Cleveland Clinic, about 30 million U.S. women will suffer the most widespread type of alopecia called female pattern hair loss. 

The psychological impact of alopecia on women can be particularly devastating, causing depression and anxiety, with many women feeling a fractured sense of emotional well-being.

As you age, your hair and scalp undergo physiological changes. Your follicles shrink and create skinnier, shorter hair shafts. Thin, gray, or white hairs replace your thicker hairs. Some of your follicles may shut down and stop regenerating new hairs completely, leading to hair loss.

Aging changes in hair also include protein loss that affects your hair's color, strength, and elasticity. Reduced elasticity means more hair breakage when it is pulled or brushed, leading to that dreaded wad of hair in your brush.

Give Your Hair a Nutritional Boost

As you roll past your 40s and beyond, your tresses often need a nutritional kick. Many women cannot absorb the vitamins because of their evolving gastrointestinal physiology, often caused by atrophic gastritis, a disorder found in many aging women.

This condition causes damage to stomach-acid-producing cells. Reduced stomach acid adversely affects the nutritional absorption of vitamins, including B12, vitamin D, and other nutrients.

In other words, your body and hair could use an extra blast of nutrition. Better Not Younger formulates their Significant Other Hair Fortifying Vitamins to address your particular hair biology requirements, and deliver nutrients right where they are needed.

Vitamin- and mineral-packed gummies will vitalize your follicles to reduce hair loss, foster vigorous hair growth, and provide you with lustrous locks. Micronutrients found in Significant Other Hair Fortifying Vitamins include:

  • Vitamin A (Retinyl Acetate) — Vitamin A is not a single vitamin, but a group of fat-soluble compounds called retinoids. Every tissue cell in your body requires Vitamin A for growth, including the fastest-growing tissue, your hair. Diets deficient in Vitamin A can lead to hair loss. Vitamin A also spurs your sebaceous glands to pump out more sebum oil to moisturize your scalp and maintain healthy locks.
  • B-vitamins — B-vitamins help produce the red blood cells that transport nutrients and oxygen to your hair follicles and scalp, making B-vitamins critical for growing lush hair. The following are B-vitamins included in Significant Other Fortifying Vitamins:
    • Biotin — Biotin is the most well-known B-vitamin for hair growth, and studies have linked biotin deficiency to hair loss. Most protein-rich foods contain biotin.
    • Vitamins B5 (Calcium D-Pantothenate) — Calcium D-Pantothenate is a form of B5 pantothenic acid proven to alleviate menopause-related hair loss problems and premature graying. It also accelerates melanin creation, regulates sebum oil production and hair moisture, and is responsible for positive hair growth.
    • B6 (Pyridoxine Hydrochloride) B6 is a water-soluble vitamin that your body cannot produce; therefore, you must get it through foods or supplements. B6 boosts red cell production and could aid hair growth by converting amino acids into keratin.
  • Vitamin B9 (Folic Acid) — Folic acid influences cell growth, including the fast-growing cells in your hair follicles. If you lack folic acid or associated folates, you may run into premature grays.
  • B12 (Cyanocobalamin) — Your evolving body needs B12 to manufacture red blood cells, and low levels of B12 can bring about anemia and hair loss. As a vegan or an aging woman, your hair and body may be lacking vitamin B12. Better Not Younger’s Significant Other Hair Fortifying Vitamins has 100% of the B12 you need each day (based on a 2,000 calorie diet).
  • Vitamin C (Ascorbic Acid) — Vitamin C plays a pivotal role in helping your body absorb iron into your system, making it helpful for women suffering from iron-deficiency-related hair loss.
  • Vitamin D3 — Low vitamin D3 levels are associated with alopecia and premature graying.
  • Vitamin E — A proven antioxidant, vitamin E reduces oxidative stress in hair follicles and may promote hair growth.
  • Zinc — Adequate zinc intake is crucial for hair growth and follicle health. Studies have shown that supplementing zinc can reverse hair loss caused by this mineral's deficiency in some men and women.

Take Better Not Younger’s Fortifying Vitamins for Hair Loss

If you have arrived at your 40s and discover your hair thinning, delve into your diet. Eating sensible foods laden with proteins and antioxidants, including leafy greens, eggs, salmon, berries, avocados, and carrots should be priority number one. Your tresses need vitamins to thrive after all.

You can still have the mane of your dreams, even if you are unable to consume a balanced diet. Supplement your food intake and nourish your scalp and hair with Better Not Younger’s Significant Other’s Hair Fortifying Vitamins. These gummies are vegan, cruelty-free — and delicious!

Drop by Better Not Younger’s Shop page and find the perfect hair solution formulated just for you.
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