Vitamins, proteins and minerals are the general nutrients that are required for healthy hair. These nutrients are present in the food we take. Lack of these nutrients causes several problems like hair loss, thinning of hair, shedding, brittleness, premature graying, dandruff, and so on. Hence, vitamins are very important in order to have healthy hair. Vitamin E is found in the following food sources: cold pressed vegetable oils, soybeans, wheat germ oil, broccoli, grains, spinach, dried beans, nuts, ready to eat cereals, raw seeds, eggs and green leafy vegetables. Vitamin E is used to prevent sterility and also other diseases like muscular dystrophy. Vitamin E acts as an antioxidant that aids effective circulation in the scalp due to increased oxygen uptake in blood. It aids in supplying oxygen to the blood and thus retards cellular aging. Its anti-oxidating property also helps it to alleviate fatigue, strengthen capillary walls and bring nourishment to cells. It also prevents and dissolves clots in the blood.
vitamin E is found to have some side effects like high blood pressure and reduction in blood clotting.
Vitamin E is found to have a significant influence on the health of not just hair but also skin. Vitamin E is used to prevent sterility and also other diseases like muscular dystrophy. Vitamin A is very useful for healthy sebum in the scalp. Vitamin A can be found in meat, eggs, cabbage, apricots, cheese, carrots, spinach, peaches, milk and fish liver oil. Vitamin E helps in increasing scalp circulation. Vitamin E is found in wheat germ oil, nuts, green leafy vegetables, soybeans, dried beans, raw seeds and cold-pressed vegetable oils. Vitamin E has also been shown to retard the ageing process. Supplement of vitamin E can only be beneficial whether you have grey hair or not. The best natural sources of vitamin E are wheat germ, Soya beans, broccoli, brussel sprouts, spinach and eggs.
It is recommended that Vitamin E be taken at the same time every day. Taking it at meal time has been shown to decrease stomach upset and further enhances its absorption. If you are using it topically, the gel cap needs to be broken and the gel applied to the skin directly. Supplements are not always required as there are some good food sources of Vitamin E. Wheat germ is considered an excellent source providing as much as 54 IU. You can also find Vitamin E in green leafy vegetables, vegetable oils, and many seeds and nuts.
Safety concerns : Recent concerns have been raised about the safety of vitamin E supplementation, particularly in high doses (400 IU/day or greater). An increased risk of bleeding has been proposed, particularly in patients taking blood-thinning agents such as warfarin, heparin, or aspirin; or in patients with vitamin K deficiency. Recent evidence suggests that regular use of high-dose vitamin E supplements may increase the risk of death (from “all causes”) by a small amount (1), although a different study found no effects on mortality in women who took 600 IU units daily (2). Caution is warranted.