Intro to Vitamin A and Postpartum Hair Loss
Postpartum hair loss can be very stressful and worrisome for many women. It’s normal to have increased shedding after giving birth, and shortly after to have increased thickness. The timing is largely determined by your hormone levels.
Many don’t realize that vitamin A plays a critical role in hair growth. Hair needs a variety of nutrients to be healthy and grow. Vitamin A is essential for cells to grow. Hair is the fastest growing tissue in the human body, therefore, vitamin A helps hair grow. Skin glands also use vitamin A to produce sebum. Sebum keeps the scalp moisturized and hair healthy.
During this postpartum period, doing all the right things for your follicles is most important, to ensure that the follicles are properly nourished to avoid the death of those follicles.
Vitamin A and Postpartum Hair Loss
Before you continue reading, it’s important to note that we are not medical professionals, so we don’t give medical advice or make claims.
The most common sign of vitamin A deficiency is the inability to see in low light called xerophthalmia. If left untreated, it may cause blindness.
A long-term deficiency of vitamin A can also lead to a higher risk of respiratory diseases and infections. It can also cause anemia (a condition in which the red blood cells do not supply enough oxygen to the body).
Vitamin A is found naturally in many foods and is added to some foods, such as milk. You can get recommended amounts of vitamin A by eating a variety of foods, including the following:
1. Some types of fish, such as herring and salmon
2. Beef liver and other organ meats
3. Green leafy vegetables and other green, orange, and yellow vegetables, such as spinach, sweet potatoes, carrots, broccoli, and winter squash
4. Fruits, including cantaloupe, mangos, and apricots
5. Dairy products, such as milk and cheese
It’s important to note that an overabundance of vitamin A can cause hair loss.
Conclusion to Vitamin A and Postpartum Hair Loss
If you are concerned with your vitamin A levels, contact your doctor to have your levels checked.
The best defense against hair loss is to eat a variety of nutrient-dense foods. To ensure you are growing your best hair possible, you must use gentle, natural, and nourishing hair care products. Make sure they are SLS (sodium laurel sulfate) free and chemical-free and nasties free.
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