My mom has a legit pharmacy on her kitchen table, she keeps an entire arsenal of vitamins and minerals out where she can see them so that she doesn’t forget to take them.
She is particularly conscious of Vitamin C, you would think the thing could cure everything like coconut oil does. In my own kitchen, I have a small little stash too, everything from hair vitamins to zinc to of course vitamin C! (she reads my articles)
So what’s the big deal about the good ole’ C and how is it beneficial to our hair? There are a number of reasons we should all get a healthy dose of this vitamin but in this post, I really want to focus on how beneficial it is for your hair.
What is Vitamin C
Vitamin C is also known as ascorbic acid and it plays a critical role in cell regeneration, blood circulation, and iron absorption. It is water soluble and it is used to build the immune system because it is such a powerful antioxidant.
Overall, it protects you from diseases such as scurvy, cancer, prevents heart disease and cleanses the body as much as it can from some of the processed foods we eat.
How does this relate to hair?
Well think about it, this amazing vitamin aids in blood circulation which means that your scalp will get a healthy dose of other vitamins and minerals as well as oxygen more often keeping the follicles strong and working.
It also helps with cell regeneration which is exactly what hair growth is, cell replication that pushes your hair strand out of your scalp. Now I am no scientist so I cannot give you all the fancy terms or a blow by blow biological breakdown of the process but you get it!
When you take vitamin C whether in the form of a vitamin of through your food you are directly affecting your hair’s health and growth possibilities.
As mentioned Iron absorption is one of the critical benefits to taking this vitamin and the reason this is important is because of how critical iron is for our health and our hairs health.
Iron prevents anemia and fatigue which can lead to hair loss. The more of it absorbed the stronger our follicles will be.
Personally, I do not take Iron in the form of a vitamin unless recommended by my doctor but eating foods rich in iron is an ideal way to get the mineral in.
Iron-rich foods include:
Dark green leafy vegetables, such as spinach
Dried fruit, such as raisins and apricots
Iron-fortified cereals, bread, and pasta
Foods rich in vitamin C include:
Bell peppers, dark leafy greens, kiwifruit, broccoli, berries, citrus fruits, tomatoes, peas, and papayas.
If you take a hair vitamin make sure that it has a healthy dose of vitamin C in it, if it doesn’t just put it back on the shelf! In the meantime, get yourself some Kale and eat it raw!