Post-Transplant Care Advice
There are certain vitamins and minerals that not only support hair regrowth, but improve many other aspects to your new hair such as preventing breakage, repair damaged follicles, and even hydrate your scalp. After any hair transplant surgery its best to take all the necessary precautions you can to ensure your new hair is healthy and to your liking. For most people, the approach to vitamin therapy is no different than what might be usually recommended for general health and Vitamin supplementation. The average American diet is fortified by essential vitamins added in food processing, as well as the vitamins normally found in healthy foods themselves.
Because of this, my approach to vitamin therapy for hair health is little different than what I would recommend for general health. A good, broadly inclusive, antioxidant vitamin pill is generally all that is needed. I personally like to supplement with essential fatty acids; such as a combined fish oil and flax seed capsule.
Biotin is a naturally occurring vitamin that is found in a number of common foods. This vitamin helps the body metabolize fatty and amino acids so that they can efficiently be used for energy. It has probably received the most attention as a potentially beneficial supplement for hair health, but again most multi-vitamin supplements contain adequate amounts of Biotin.
One of the early signs of a biotin deficiency in the body is unexplained hair loss and hair breakage, as well as dry skin and brittle nails. People with these signs might benefit from a trial of supplemental Biotin.
Vitamin B-1 is an important vitamin that helps support hair regrowth. Also called thiamine, this water-soluble vitamin improves damaged follicles, hydrates, prevents future breakage, and increases stimulation in blood flow to the area. The average daily dosage recommended is 1.2 mg for men and 1.1 mg for women.
Vitamin C is not only a vitamin, but also an antioxidant that works to strengthen your immune system and protect your scalp. It aids in hair growth, heals follicles, hydrates your scalp and increases blood flow. 1000 mg for adults is what is recommended.
Vitamin E fights to improve your immune system protecting your scalp from infections, diseases, toxins, and viruses that can reduce the rate of hair regrowth. It repairs damaged hair follicles, increases blood flow and strengthens the blood vessels in your scalp. The amount necessary is 15 mg for adults. Minerals:
Iron is an assisting mineral in support of hair regrowth, the aid of red blood cell reproduction, transports oxygen and blood to your scalp which prevents anemia. Anemia can increase your risk of hair loss. The recommended daily dosage of Iron is 8 mg for men and 18 mg for women.
Zinc also aids in boosting your immune system. Zinc encourages heals scalp wounds and accelerates the healing process. Dosage recommended for men is 11 mg and 8 mg for women.
Magnesium and Vitamin D are two other essentials that are sometimes found deficient. Magnesium and Zinc are often combined for convenience as a supplement.
It is important not to overuse vitamins either. There are a number of “hypervitaminosis” conditions that can result from excess use of vitamin and mineral supplements.
In summary, vitamins are important, but most people are not deficient in vitamins assuming they eat a fairly typical and non-fad diet. A good antioxidant spectrum multi-vitamin is fine as a supplement, and essential fatty acids might also be considered. Magnesium, Zinc, and Vitamin D deficiencies can be determined by blood testing if indicated.