Hair Loss/Anagen Phase


Thank you for reading my question. I'd really like to know what the most effective way to lengthen your anagen phase is.

The following have been shown to lengthen the anagen phase.

Biotin (B7) is one of the B-complex vitamins known for promoting cell growth. It is very good for hair and nails, strengthening and thickening the hair shaft to prevent thinning hair and encourage elasticity. Other B vitamins such as folic acid (B9) and pantothenic acid (B5) are also effective in encouraging hair growth. Biotin can be found in cashews, almonds and peanuts, oats, lentils, brown rice and brewers yeast.

Methylsulfonylmethane or MSM is sulfur found in foods such as broccoli, cabbage, dairy, grains and meat. This vitamin extends the anagen cycle, allowing your hair to grow for a longer period before the resting and shedding phases. Cooking food will deplete the potency of MSM; a vitamin supplement may be more effective.

Vitamin C deficiency can result in scurvy and hair loss, so make sure you are getting adequate doses in your diet. This vitamin assists in the formation of collagen, a central component in the formation and elasticity of tissue and skin. Citrus fruits, spinach, tomatoes, red and green bell peppers and red berries are just some of the foods that contain vitamin C. It can also be taken as a supplement and helps with the absorption of Iron.

This vitamin is an antioxidant, making it effective in slowing down the aging process. It also assists in keeping your scalp healthy by encouraging blood circulation. Although its better to take the capsule orally, a scalp massage with vitamin E oil can enhance its beneficial qualities. You can find vitamin E in foods such as pistachio nuts, mangos, almonds, kiwi fruit and wheat germ oil.

Omega-3 fatty acids are essential for healthy skin, nails and hair, adding moisture to scalp and stimulating hair growth. Dry hair can be an indication of a deficiency of these essential fatty acids which can lead to breakage, split ends and unmanageability. Food like salmon, walnuts, collard greens and kale are all rich in omega-3s.

Beta carotene is found in carrots and an assortment of green and yellow fruits and vegetables. It converts into vitamin A and is released in the body when needed. It promotes hair growth, bone formation and provides a protective covering for nerve fibers.  

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