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5 supplements that prevent hair loss

B-vitamins may help prevent hair loss
B-vitamins may help prevent hair loss
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Health food stores and vitamin shops are packed to the rafters with products promising to prevent hair loss. Of course, since the main objective for many vitamin manufacturers is to find the easiest way to separate you from your money, you have to be able to separate fact from fiction when it comes to finding the right supplement to prevent hair loss.

For starters, avoid products that make outrageous claims. Hair loss is a complex matter and cannot be completely treated by swallowing a handful of capsules or pills. There is no miracle product that will regrow a full head of hair, and even if such a miracle product did exist it probably wouldn't be sold over-the-counter. However, there are several vitamins and nutritional supplements which have been proven to combat hair loss. While these supplements won't magically regrow hair, they have been proven to slow down the effects of hair loss.

Saw Palmetto
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Saw Palmetto

The extract from this herb's berries has been shown to inhibit the conversion of testosterone to dihydrotestosterone (DHT). DHT is the culprit in many causes of hair loss, since it leads to clogged follicles due to excessive oil production on the scalp.

Beta Sitosterol
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Beta Sitosterol

This organic compound is a phytosterol found in almonds, pumpkin seeds, and soybeans. Beta Sitosterol works by inhibiting the receptors of testosterone which are particularly active in male pattern baldness.

Copper
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Copper

This mineral is often found paired with zinc in hair treatment supplements. Copper stimulates the function of hair growth cells, allowing hair to grow at an optimal rate. Copper is also a major component of the hair, so copper supplements may also help improve hair's strength.

Zinc
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Zinc

Much like copper, zinc stimulates the cells responsible for hair growth. Zinc, when used in conjunction with vitamin B6, inhibits the conversion of testosterone to DHT.

B-Vitamins
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B-Vitamins

Most B vitamins are believed to be essential for the health of the skin, hair, and nails. These vitamins include Thiamine (B1), Calcium Panthothenate (B5), Pyridoxine HCL and Pyridoxal Phosphate (B6), Folic Acid (B9), and Cyanocobalamin (B12).