Remember when you were young and you couldn’t wait to take your daily vitamin? The Flintstones vitamins were a staple when I was growing up and they are still around today as a staple for our own children now.
I don’t know about you but my favorites were Bamm Bamm or Pebbles because those were the characters I identified with the most. Of course all the vitamins were the same but chances are you would never be able to convince a 5-year-old of that fact.
Back then they were chalky and sweet now they have a ton of options, from chewable, to Flinstones with Iron or Flinstones Plus Immunity and the list goes on and on. The point is, the brand has made itself very marketable and very appealing to our little ones making the daily vitamin habit a breeze for parents.
We live in a society that encourages supplementation, it is not enough to eat the standard American diet and expect to receive all the nutrients we need to stay healthy. Vitamins make up a very strong percentage of the pharmaceutical market and that position will not waiver anytime soon.
Hair vitamins are no different, they are a fast pace growing sector that hold there own on the pharmaceutical shelves and are very popular among a variety of people women and men included who want to specifically target the general health of their hair.
Despite the growing popularity whenever we talk about supplementation the question always remains, do we really need them? How beneficial are hair supplements and why should we bother to take them?
Of course the natural responses to these questions are simple, if you aren’t eating your daily greens then chances are you might need to pop a pill. If we fall on the other side of the coin where you eat a bountiful amount of fruits and vegetables you should be safe and supplementation should not even be a factor. The truth is even the healthiest of individual will tell you that they take a daily vitamin for various needs including hair and nails.
The reason hair vitamins are so popular is because even when we are being smart about our diet there are still some nutrients that our hair requires that we might not be getting enough of through our diets and habits.
Take vitamin D for instance, this vitamin is affectionately called the sunshine vitamin because the best source of it is the Sun. The Vitamin is fat soluble and responsible for the absorption of calcium and phosphorus which keeps our bone structure strong and in tact.
Vitamin D is also key in the process of cell division which might be the reason such large amounts of it tend to be found around the hair follicle aiding in the natural growth process of our hair. Consistent low levels of vitamin D have been linked to hair loss because of this fact so we are encouraged to make sure we have enough vitamin D to help with our natural growth functions.
The average person especially if you are African American does not have normal levels of Vitamin D, mostly due to our lifestyles that keep us inside for long periods of time with not much interaction with the sun.
Hanging out in the sun might seem easy enough but we all know that our present environment has led to more harm than good when it comes to direct sun exposure. With that said the only way to get the vitamin D that we need is to supplement rather than go for the natural tan daily.
Another vitamin group that we tend to struggle with are the B vitamins, they group these vitamins because they are so many of them and sometimes it can be difficult to get them all from our standard diets alone. When we purchase hair supplements we will notice an abundance of these B vitamins that are geared towards our overall health as well as the health of our hair.
Hair goals are a huge factor when deciding to supplement as well, we all have them and though we are hard on ourselves because we want instant gratification, thicker, longer hair, right now! Supplements can help to speed up the process and frankly many of us like that and don’t mind indulging for a couple of months per year to meet the goals we have set for our hair.
We are also sensitive to the fact that hair supplements might be more important to some groups of people more than others. There are women and men that suffer from hereditary baldness, hair loss or thinning hair despite how healthy they are. For these groups of people it might make sense to take a supplement to help with some of these issues and improve the health of their hair and scalp.
When you decide to take a hair supplement the most important thing to know is what is in the pill and how it benefits your hair. There are some key ingredients you might want to look for including Vitamin A, C and D, the B vitamins along with Iron, Folic acid and Biotin just to name a few. Once you are familiar with what to look for then choosing the supplement becomes easy, because you know what you need to achieve your goals.
In conclusion it is safe to say that there are some great reasons someone might choose to purchase a hair vitamin which justifies its popularity in the pharmaceutical market, all you have to do is make the right choice for you.