Vitamin C is a water-soluble vitamin, which means your body does not store it. Vitamin C provides many benefits to your body, one of which includes helping to treat and prevent hair loss. The best way to use vitamin C to fight hair loss is to change your diet to include vitamin C-rich foods.
Vitamin C is needed by your body to aid in tissue repair and production. According to the University of Maryland Medical Center, vitamin C is important for healing wounds while helping to create teeth and bones. Vitamin C is also important to help produce an essential protein called collagen, which is used to make skin, bones, ligaments, blood vessels, scar tissue and muscle.
Vitamin C has antioxidant properties, much like vitamin E and zinc. Antioxidants are responsible for reducing the damage that free radicals can cause. Free radicals are formed when your body converts food into energy. They may damage your hair, possibly make it frizzy or weak. Vitamin C is helpful for protecting your hair from free radicals.
Vitamin C deficiency and hair loss
Low vitamin C intake in the diet can cause dry or split hair, according to the University of Maryland Medical Center. Although hair loss is not directly related to vitamin C deficiency, dry and split hair from vitamin C deficiency may cause your hair to be beneficial for hair loss and other hair related conditions.
Food sources and daily consumption
Vitamin C is found in a variety of foods such as cauliflower, turnip vegetables, mangoes, strawberries, green peppers, spinach, blueberries, tomatoes, papaya, oranges, kiwi, pineapple and winter zucchini, according to MedlinePlus. The US Dietary Guidelines for Americans recommend five to nine servings of fruits and vegetables daily to ensure you are getting enough vitamin C and other vitamins and minerals.
Vitamin C supplement
If you cannot get adequate amounts of Vitamin C in your diet due to illness or other reasons, you may need the supplement. The US Department of Agriculture sets the recommended vitamin C dietary intake of 90 mg daily for men and 75 mg per day for women. For both women and men.
Vitamin C has long been recognized for its beauty benefits, from anti-aging skin to a younger look to longer hair growth and stronger nails.
Are these just marketing claims used by the cosmetics industry to make you think the products are natural, green and healthy? Or are there any real benefits to applying Vitamin C externally to your hair and skin? Perhaps unsurprisingly, the answer is sometimes yes, sometimes no.
What are the Benefits of Vitamin C?
Benefits to the skin
Vitamin C is a popular ingredient in many topically applied skincare products, with significant benefits seen in using above certain concentrations (5-15%).
On the surface it acts as an antioxidant, fighting free-radical damage caused by environmental pollutants and exposure to ultraviolet radiation. This can help prevent the formation of new wrinkles that occur when free radicals are present on the skin.
Vitamin C has also been shown to penetrate and transmit to the epidermal tissue, where it aids cellular repair and promotes collagen production. It is beyond the scope of this article to explore all the mechanisms and variables in which Vitamin C is beneficial to the skin, but it clearly provides real value.
Whether it provides hair benefits or not depends less on complex cellular processes, and more dependent on some basic chemical properties.
Vitamin C is the common name for ascorbic acid, a small chiral molecule – or, in other words, one that can appear in two different forms, which are mirror images that cannot be brought together. The type of ascorbic acid found in plants, which is synthesized in animals and used in cosmetics and food products, is the left-handed molecule (anorthimeric borotic) of ascorbic acid (ascorbic acid). For whatever reason, the right (dextrorotatory) version does not occur in nature and the synthesized version in the lab offers no advantages over its more available isomer.
Advantages to hair
Like many acids, Vitamin C – ascorbic acid – can be a gentle shampoo in the shampoo and can be helpful in removing the build-up of minerals accumulated on the hair. It improves hair’s ability to get moisturized, making it softer and more supple and more durable to tangle and break.
Also, the lower acidity level of acidic shampoo smoothes and tightens the surface of the nail, making the hair more transparent and shiny.
Presence of Multiple Hydroxyl Groups (Oxygen-Hydrogen)
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