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Diet and Hair Loss

Nutritional deficiencies can contribute to increased hair shedding by weakening hair shafts that cause breakage to the hair and slow regrowth. 

Hair problems that are caused by nutritional deficiencies can be corrected by a proper diet. Principal nutrients that are involved include vitamin A, certain B vitamins, the vitamin biotin, vitamin C, copper, iron, zinc, protein, and water.

Vitamin A

Adequate intake of vitamin A is vital in helping to promote the growth and health of cells and tissues throughout the body, including the hair and scalp. 

Prolonged vitamin 

A deficiency can lead to hair loss and dandruff caused by the buildup of cellular debris in the hair follicles. 

The daily intake of vitamin A for adults is 5,000 IU (international units).

Vitamin A hair loss

The body actually gets vitamin A in two ways: from plant sources in the form of carotenoids, such as beta carotene, that convert to vitamin A in the body.