Vitamin E

 

Vitamin E

 

Malnutrition may be a cause of hair fall. So you need to make sure that your body is getting required nutrition including vitamins and minerals. Only vitamin E deficiency may be causing your hair fall. You must ensure you are taking adequate vitamin E which is possible from daily diet only. But vitamin E supplement and vitamin E oil may be needed.

 

What is vitamin E?

 

A group of eight compounds are collectively known as vitamin E. Among the eight different compounds alpha tocopherol is most effective on human. Vitamin E is also known as antioxidant that means vitamin E prevents oxidation. Free oxygen radicals are produced through normal chemical reactions inside our body especially in fat oxidation. Vitamin E neutralizes these harmful free radicals.

 

Why vitamin E is so important?

 

I have already mentioned that free radicals are harmful. Free radicals may attack cells, tissues and organs. By protecting your cells including those on skin Vitamin E slows down aging process. Vitamin E also boosts our immune system so that immune system can fight against bacteria and viruses. It is believed that vitamin E may be effective in combating heart disease, cancer, liver disease, stroke and dementia.

 

Vitamin E deficiency

 

Vitamin E deficiency may cause nerve damage, loss of concentration, muscle wasting, anemia, loss of male fertility, weakened immune system and retinopathy. Retinopathy may lead to blindness. Actually we need so little amount of vitamin E that vitamin E deficiency is rare. But people with difficulties in absorbing vitamin E or difficulties in metabolizing fat usually face vitamin E deficiency. Because vitamin E is a fat soluble substance and usually we get it from fat.

 

Why vitamin E is important for your hair?

 

Vitamin E which is also known as antioxidant works against free radicals and free radicals also attack your hair and hair follicles where your hair grows. So like saving other tissues and organs from aging vitamin E is also saving your hair. Vitamin E improves blood circulation throughout the body including head. Improved circulation means healthy hair follicle on scalp and promotion of hair growth and reduction of hair fall.

 

You can easily understand that improved circulation will help to carry nutrients to scalp efficiently and which leads to healthy scalp. Healthy hair follicle with produce healthy keratin strands which is actually your hair and healthy hair strands last long. Vitamin E also has repairing capability. It can repair skin damage caused by ultraviolet ray from sun.

 

Treating hair loss with vitamin E

 

So now you know how important vitamin E is for your hair. Usually we get adequate vitamin E from diet, only foods rich in vitamin E may reduce hair fall and boost hair growth. Our body can store excess vitamin, so vitamin E isn’t essential in everyday diet. So make sure whether you really need more vitamin-E. Before taking vitamin E supplements and using vitamin E oil or ointment on scalp you need to consider several things.

 

In spite of the fact I mentioned above, vitamin E supplements may be required or you may want to try vitamin E capsule to see whether something happens.

 

Vitamin E isn’t toxic but excessive vitamin E may be harmful. You know aspirin prevents blood clotting. Excessive vitamin E may do the same. So people taking aspirin or suffering from ulcer or other diseases having risk of bleeding should consult doctor before taking vitamin E supplement. Diabetic and hyperthyroidism patients are also advised not to take vitamin E supplements.

 

Understanding the label

 

Vitamin E may be naturally sourced or produced synthetically.

·         Naturally sourced vitamin E is called RRR-alpha-tocopherol or d-alpha-tocopherol,

·         Synthetic vitamin E is called all rac-alpha-tocopherol or dl-alpha-tocopherol.

 

I mentioned above that among eight compounds known as vitamin E, alpha-tocopherol is most effective on human; so everything in compared to alpha-tocopherol.

 

You may see two types of units, international unit or IU and milligram or mg. So you need to know conversion factors.

 

·         1 mg alpha-tocopherol is equivalent to 1.49 IU of natural vitamin E and 2.22 IU synthetic vitamin E,

·         1 IU natural vitamin E means 0.67 mg alpha tocopherol,

·         1 IU synthetic vitamin E means 0.45 mg alpha-tocopherol.

 

How much vitamin E can be consumed?

 

According to Food and Nutrition Board (FNB) at the Institute of Medicine of The National Academies USA recommended dietary allowances (RDAs) for Vitamin E is given below:

 

Age

Males

Females

Pregnancy

Lactation

0–6 months*

4 mg
(6 IU)

4 mg
(6 IU)

-

-

7–12 months*

5 mg
(7.5 IU)

5 mg
(7.5 IU)

-

-

1–3 years

6 mg
(9 IU)

6 mg
(9 IU)

-

-

4–8 years

7 mg
(10.4 IU)

7 mg
(10.4 IU)

-

-

9–13 years

11 mg
(16.4 IU)

11 mg
(16.4 IU)

-

-

14+ years

15 mg
(22.4 IU)

15 mg
(22.4 IU)

15 mg
(22.4 IU)

19 mg
(28.4 IU)

*Adequate Intake (AI)

Caution: Like many other drugs keep vitamin E supplements away from sunlight.

 

Upper limit of vitamin E consumption

 

Excessive vitamin E with food isn’t dangerous but high dose vitamin E supplement can be harmful. Especially high dose vitamin E supplement with aspirin increases risk of hemorrhagic stroke.

 

Food and Nutrition Board (FNB) at the Institute of Medicine of The National Academies USA has recommended the upper intake level below:

Age

Male

Female

Pregnancy

Lactation

1–3 years

200 mg
(300 IU)

200 mg
(300 IU)

-

-

4–8 years

300 mg
(450 IU)

300 mg
(450 IU)

-

-

9–13 years

600 mg
(900 IU)

600 mg
(900 IU)

-

-

14–18 years

800 mg
(1,200 IU)

800 mg
(1,200 IU)

800 mg
(1,200 IU)

800 mg
(1,200 IU)

19+ years

1,000 mg
(1,500 IU)

1,000 mg
(1,500 IU)

1,000 mg
(1,500 IU)

1,000 mg
(1,500 IU)

 

Foods to get vitamin E

 

Nuts and their oils, palm oil, wheat germ oil, sunflower oil, safflower oil, broccoli, asparagus, pumpkin, sweet potato, green leafy vegetables, etc are great source of alpha-tocopherol which is the most effective form of vitamin E. You can also consume margarine, soybean oil, corn oil etc to get gamma-tocopherol which is the second most effective compound known as vitamin E. A table is given below:

   

Food

Milligrams (mg)
per serving

Percent DV*

Wheat germ oil, 1 tablespoon

20.3

100

Sunflower seeds, dry roasted, 1 ounce

7.4

37

Almonds, dry roasted, 1 ounce

6.8

34

Sunflower oil, 1 tablespoon

5.6

28

Safflower oil, 1 tablespoon

4.6

25

Hazelnuts, dry roasted, 1 ounce

4.3

22

Peanut butter, 2 tablespoons

2.9

15

Peanuts, dry roasted, 1 ounce

2.2

11

Corn oil, 1 tablespoon

1.9

10

Spinach, boiled, ½ cup

1.9

10

Broccoli, chopped, boiled, ½ cup

1.2

6

Soybean oil, 1 tablespoon

1.1

6

Kiwifruit, 1 medium

1.1

6

Mango, sliced, ½ cup

0.7

4

Tomato, raw, 1 medium

0.7

4

Spinach, raw, 1 cup

0.6

3

 

*DV = Daily Value. DV for vitamin E is 30 IU or approximately 20 mg of natural alpha-tocopherol.

 

Massaging vitamin E on scalp (topical treatment)

 

Instead of using vitamin E oil or ointment on scalp, consuming vitamin E rich food or supplement is more effective. But direct application may also be useful. Vitamin E is most effective on clean scalp so wash with shampoo first and then blot with a towel. You can use grape seed, sesame or carrot oil. Grape seed oil is good for normal hair, sesame oil is good for oily hair and carrot oil is good for dry hair. You will need two vitamin E capsules (200 IU). Pierce the capsules and pure the liquid into oil. Vitamin E is soluble in fat so it will dissolve easily.

 

 

How to Heal Hair with Vitamin E

 

Vitamin E is known as an important nutrient and antioxidant. Vitamin E is naturally found in foods like sunflower seeds, nuts, etc. in accordance with the University of Maryland Medical Center. Incorporating vitamin E in your diet is important in growing healthy hair. You can eat foods that are rich in vitamin E, such as spinach, broccoli, nuts and peanut butter. The average adult needs fifteen grams of vitamin E every day, in accordance with the Office of Dietary Supplements. Getting adequate vitamin E in your diet helps boost oxygen uptake and enhances circulation to the scalp. Sufficient vitamin E consumption can help repair your hair from the inside.

 

Vitamin E is available in the form of oil capsules as a dietary supplement. In order to repair damaged or dry hair, you can also create a homemade healing formula, using vitamin E capsules.

 

Step One

 

It is possible to produce a healing vitamin E treatment for topical application. You can use vitamin E oil to fix dry hair and heal the hair shaft, as pointed out in an article, written by author and homeopath Melanie Grimes, found on website Natural News. You can take twenty or more vitamin E capsules and snip the ends off. You may or may not need more capsules, depending on the length of your hair. You can squeeze the contents of the capsules into a small bowl. As vitamin E oil is sticky, it is good to handle it carefully to avoid dripping the oil onto delicate surface.

 

Step Two

 

Before you use shampoo, apply the vitamin E oil to your hair. You can massage your hair and scalp with the oil, focusing especially on dry or split ends. Use a wide-toothed comb to comb through your hair gently. In order to help the oil get absorbed fully, you can use a shower cap to cover your hair. To facilitate penetration of oil and coating of your hair shaft, it is useful to leave the oil on your hair for no less than an hour.

 

Step Three

 

At this stage, use a gentle and cleansing shampoo to wash your hair thoroughly. It is good to use a shampoo enriched with vitamin E. Shampoos that are enriched with vitamin E, will not damage moisture of your hair. They can clean your hair gently while adding an extra coating of vitamin E and hydrating at the same time.

 

Step Four

 

Choose a conditioner that contains vitamin E to apply on your hair. Many moisturizing conditioners contain vitamin E as they incorporate extracts of sunflower seeds, almond or hazelnut as ingredients. It is good to look for moisturizing conditioners and check the labels for such ingredients. For 5 to 10 minutes, leave the conditioner on your hair, after which you can rinse your hair thoroughly with cool water.

 

Stuffs that you will need include vitamin E capsules, shampoo enriched with vitamin E, small bowl, moisturizing conditioners enriched with vitamin E, wide-toothed comb and shower cap.

 

 

Does Vitamin E Stop Hair Loss?

 

Hair loss is a hard to deal with problem suffered by many. Nonetheless, finding a right remedy can make it a lot easier to deal with hair shedding. There may not be any actual cure for hair loss. But there are ways to treat hair loss. Hair loss can get curbed significantly and hair growth can get enhanced by means of a good solution. Vitamin E is one such solution that can help treat hair loss. Given the importance of vitamin E, it is useful to get familiar with vitamin E, its sources, benefits or how it helps treat hair fall.

 

Vitamin E

 

Antioxidant activities are the primary functions of vitamin E. Vitamin E mainly takes care of reactive oxygen radicals generated from gas oxidation. Due to antioxidant actions, vitamin E is vital for regenerative functions in the body. Vitamin E helps safeguard tissues and organs like hair from damages.

 

In addition to antioxidant properties, vitamin E also plays role as an enzyme for certain biochemical reactions. This helps promote the integrity of gene expression and play an important role in cell signaling and neurological processes. As vitamin E is fat-soluble, cell membranes takes up vitamin E, which helps protect cells from damage from oxidative free radicals.

 

Sources of Vitamin E

 

Some of the dietary sources of vitamin E are as follows. Wheat germ oil, safflower oil, sunflower oil, palm oil, nuts, nut oil, green leafy vegetables, broccoli, sweet potato, pumpkin, asparagus, avocado, tomato, papaya, mango, etc. These foods are very good sources of the most biologically active form of vitamin E, which is alpha-tocopherol.

 

Gamma-tocopherol is the second most active form of vitamin E, which is found in corn oil, soybean oil and margarine. Adolescents and adult should consume 15 grams of vitamin E from dietary sources, as recommended by experts.

 

Benefits of Vitamin E

 

There are a number of benefits of including vitamin E into your diet. It enhances blood circulation throughout the entire body. As a result, scalp can have the circulation it needs to keep hair follicles healthy, reducing damage to the skin caused by the sun and boosting healthy hair growth.

 

How Vitamin E prevents Hair Loss

 

In addition to indirect effects like immune boosting and antioxidant properties, vitamin E has some direct effects on hair growth. For instance, vitamin E has positive effects on integrity of the cell membranes of hair follicles. This ensures physical stability of hair follicles and lowers the rate at which hair strands fall off. Moreover, vitamin E enhances capillary growth, improving the oxygenation of the skin and distribution of the needed nutrients to the cells of hair follicles. This enhanced microcirculation boosts rapid hair growth and the healing of damaged hair shafts.

 

Protecting the skin is an important part of how vitamin E prevents and reverses hair shedding. This is the main reason why vitamin E is widely used in hair care products and topical applications. By means of keeping the skin healthy and reversing damage due to effects of sun exposure and dehydrating, vitamin E encourages hair regrowth too. In order to stop hair loss, topical application of vitamin E is not enough. It is good to keep in mind that it is underneath the skin where hair growth starts from. Hair follicles need to be healthy to produce strands that last and do not fall off easily.

 

Treating Hair Loss with Vitamin E

 

Vitamin E can be used in different ways to treat hair loss. You can consume vitamin E or use it topically as ointment. Using it topically is not as effective as it is when it is consumed. The vitamin actually works better when it is digested. It is best to consume the vitamin from food sources. It can also be consumed by taking supplements.

 

It is good to be mindful of how much of vitamin E you are consuming. Consuming it too much can cause increased oxygen in the body. To some extent, this may be helpful as it can help alleviate clotting issues. However, it can also have negative side effects by causing blood not to clot quickly enough. As regards how much you should consume, it is best to consult your physician.

 

Taking Vitamin E Supplements

 

Even though it is typically best to consume vitamins from food sources, there may be times when you need to get a little extra. That is when you may start to take supplements. You can start by taking about 400 IU daily and then increase gradually if necessary. Consuming more than 1000 IU of vitamin E can result in serious health issues. There are both whole food supplements and supplements made from chemical compounds. Whole food supplements are healthier than supplements made from chemical compounds.

 

Consumption of healthy foods that are rich in vitamin E can help boost hair growth. If you start to experience hair shedding, drastic measures may not be necessary to treat it. Changes in your diet can get the right vitamins and nutrients including vitamin E that you need to prevent hair loss and have healthy hair. Vitamin E supplement sometimes gets coupled with selenium to treat hair loss. It’s because both of them have antioxidant properties and work better in combination to preserve the integrity of cell membranes of the hair follicles.

 

Given the effects like enhancing oxygenation of the blood and prevention of formation of blood clotting, consultation with physician regarding vitamin E intake is essential for those placed on aspirin, blood thinner and those susceptible to hemorrhages and ulcers. Vitamin E is also not advisable to those who are diabetic or diagnosed with hyperthyroidism. It is good to keep vitamin E supplement away from sunlight. It helps prevent the breakdown of the active ingredients.

 

 

How does Vitamin E help Hair Growth?

 

Hair fall is a problem that many of us are familiar with. Losing hair in large number can become uncontrollable and permanent in some cases. Hair will not care for you if you do not care for your hair. Dealing with hair shedding is not simple. There are many remedies that claim to be useful, but actually remedies that can yield real results are very few. Vitamin E is one of such remedies. Vitamin E can offer a multitude of health and beauty benefits. Vitamin E supplements and oil are getting increasingly popular as excellent hair care products.

 

Healthy hair requires healthy scalp. Scalp health gets determined by numerous things like oil production, pH level, blood circulation to the scalp and follicle health. Vitamin E influences these variables in favor of healthy hair. By influencing these variables, vitamin E contributes in growing healthy and strong hair. Vitamin E contributes to healthy hair in the following ways.

 

Benefits of vitamin E for hair growth

 

Improving Blood Circulation

 

Blood vessels get widened by vitamin E, which keeps the blood from clotting and ensures smooth flow of blood. Vitamin E oil, when massaged topically onto the scalp, helps enhance blood circulation, which optimizes nourishment to the hair follicles. This enhances efficiency of work of hair follicles and promotes hair growth.

 

Normalizing Oil Production and pH Levels

 

Overproduction of oil or imbalance in the pH levels on your scalp is in many cases the main cause of hair fall. The sebaceous glands produce excessive amount of oil when your scalp is dry. The extra oil begins to clog the hair follicles, causing itching, dandruff and hair fall eventually. Vitamin E oil combats this problem by providing moisture and reducing oil production of sebaceous glands.

 

Antioxidant Activity

 

Rich antioxidant activities that vitamin E is reputed for, neutralize the free radicals which are harmful for your scalp and hair. This helps protect hair follicles from damage while combatting splitting and breakage.

 

Conditioning Hair

 

Vitamin E possesses emollient properties. It maintains moisture in the hair shaft, keeping it conditioned. When used regularly, vitamin E curbs dryness, leaving your hair smooth and strong. Vitamin E deficiency can be a reason behind bad hair health. The good thing is that there are many food sources that contain vitamin E, which can be included in your diet. Below are some ways that can help you use vitamin E to promote hair health.

 

Vitamin E for hair growth

 

Eating Foods that are rich in Vitamin E

 

Eating foods that contain vitamin E is one of the easiest ways to include the vitamin into your hair care regimen. Both internal and external nourishment are important when it comes to hair growth. That is why, it is important to eat foods that are rich in vitamin E. Green leafy vegetables, sprouts, nuts and oils are some of the foods that are high in vitamin E content. You may also go for vitamin E supplements that are available both in capsule and tablet form. Vitamin E tablets are popular remedy in dealing with hair shedding problem. According to recommendation from experts, one should begin by consuming 400 IU of vitamin E supplements daily. The recommended amount of dose is beneficial for your overall health, having no negative side effects. It is important to keep in mind that overconsumption of vitamin E doses that are higher than 1000 IU daily, can have negative side effects. It can lead to thinning of the blood and other blood complications. It is always important to consult a healthcare professional before you start to take any supplements.

 

Using Shampoo that contains Vitamin E

 

There are shampoos that have been enriched with extra vitamin E so that they can nourish your hair. It is good to select a shampoo that doesn’t contain parabens and sulfates. These shampoos do not remove any natural oil present in your hair or scalp. They are gentler on your hair. It is good to keep in mind that a good shampoo alone will not enhance hair growth. It is important to include regular oiling and consuming a healthy or balanced diet.

 

Using Vitamin E Oil

 

You can use vitamin E oil topically. You will need 10 to 20 capsules, depending on the length of your hair. To get the content out of the capsules, cut the ends off and squeeze the content out in a bowl. You may mix the oil with a carrier oil like olive oil, if the oil is too thick. Before applying the oil, it is good to wash and dry your hair. You can then apply the oil to your hair and scalp. Let the oil sit for no less than an hour before you rinse it off using a mild shampoo.

 

To many, hair shedding is hard to deal with and frustrating. A right remedy, however, can make hair fall much easier to deal with. If you are having difficulty tackling hair fall, incorporating vitamin E to your hair care regimen can be a good solution you have been looking for.

 

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