(NaturalNews) Vitamin E is a vital nutrient known mainly for its benefits to heart health. But vitamin E has many other properties that maintain health and has long been used both internally and externally. Vitamin E has been shown to help with the growth of hair as well as preventing hair loss. The exact mechanism is not known but vitamin E may prevent hair loss by the same mechanism that it prevents heart problems. Vitamin E helps with the growth of capillaries. When there are more capillaries, the circulation improves and it is thought that the improved circulation to the scalp is the trigger for preventing hair loss.
Vitamin E Grows Hair Because it causes capillary growth, vitamin E can help hair to grow. The increased circulation speeds the growth of hair in many people. The additional nutrition can prevent split ends, help heal hair damaged by excessive use of a hair dryer, and cure dry hair as well.
Vitamin E Heals Dry Hair Vitamin E can be used as a leave-on conditioner for dry and damaged hair. A small amount daily will treat dry hair and heal the hair shafts. It is always better to add nutrition to the diet, but for those with very dry hair and scalp, adding a small amount of vitamin E to the hair after shampooing will remedy dry hair, if not treat the cause. To treat the cause, the vitamins need to be taken internally. To make a healing mask of vitamin E, cut open a number of capsules with a small scissors and blend into the hair. Completely cover the ends of the hair, so it feels oily. Leave on for an hour or longer, and then shampoo out for silky, manageable hair.
Daily Recommended Dosage of Vitamin E The recommended daily dose of vitamin E is 400 IU a day according to the website www.all4naturalhealth.com. Doses of vitamin E above 1000 IU a day may be toxic and doses over 10,000 IU a day taken over time have been shown to cause the loss of hair. The hair will grow back when the overdosing stops.
Natural Sources of Vitamin E Vitamin E is a fat-soluble vitamin that is found naturally in vegetable oils, dark leafy greens, liver, eggs, and nuts. To supplement vitamin E, add these foods to your diet or purchase nutritional supplements.
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