Vitamin E - Can it help with Hair Loss?
Vitamin E is an important vitamin to maintain our overall health. It plays an important role in the regular maintenance of our eyes and skin, as well as strengthening our natural defence against illness and disease.
The following have all been shown to be good sources of Vitamin E:
- Plant oils - soya, corn, olive etc.
- Nuts and seeds
- Wheatgerm - found in cereals
So how does Vitamin E aid in the treatment of hair loss?
Researches in 2010 published their study that built on the association between oxidative stress and Androgenetic Alopecia (AGA). Previous studies had shown that people suffering from AGA had lower levels of antioxidants in their scalp. As part of this study they used Tocotrienols (part of the Vitamin E family) as their supplement of choice due to its potent antioxidants. 21 participants took 100mg of Tocotrienols daily, with 17 taking the placebo supplement. Results were recorded at both 4 months and 8 months into the study. The number of hairs in a predetermined area and the weight of 20 1cm strands of hair were measured.
Over the course of the study, there was no scientifically relevant increase in the weight of the hair. The supplements had no effect on the thickness or density of the volunteers ahri growth. However the study recorded a 34.5% increase in the number of hairs recorded in comparison to the placebo groups 0.1% decrease.
In conclusion, this trial demonstrated that supplementation with tocotrienol capsules increases hair numbers in volunteers suffering from hair loss as compared to the placebo group. A possible explanation for the effects could be due to the potent antioxidant activity of tocotrienols that help to reduce lipid peroxidation and oxidative stress in the scalp, which are known to be associated with alopecia.
More research is needed to fully understand to what extent antioxidants can aid in the treatment of AGA, but the signs are promising that antioxidants are able to play a significant role.
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