There are many vitamins that we take daily in all types of food. Of course, there are some more important than others and each one has its own functions. Among all that it brings us, this time we will see what are the best benefits of vitamin B12 for hair.
Cobalaminis one of the most important micronutrients for hair health. Although most people know only and exclusively the advantages of biotin or B8, another of the B-complex vitamins, for hair health, the truth is that the benefits in the first one’s hair are very many.
It should be noted that vitamin B12 nourishes all cells of the body, including hair follicles. Therefore, having it at the right levels guarantees good hair growth, not only in quantity but also in quality; hair grows healthier and stronger.
It also plays a leading role in the formation of red blood cells, which carry oxygen through the blood. This is why it is a very important nutrient to strengthen the hair follicles and that these are properly oxygenated. Thus, blood pumps and comes full of life to the cradle of our hair.
Low levels of vitamin B12 are a relatively serious disease that has both short-term and long-term adverse health consequences. In relation to hair, the lack of this nutrient translates into premature hair loss and/or very slow hair growth. Similarly, the strength of this one will not be at all similar to that of a healthy, nutrient-laden mane.
It should also be noted that melanin is responsible for pigmentation and color of hair and skin. If we do not have good levels of B12 in sufficient quantities, melanin levels will decrease. Thus, there may be signs of aging of the hair, such as hair loss or graying, before time. Of course, the shine disappears.
Thus, a mane fed by B12 will be able to have a remarkable shine, with a rich color and according to the age of the person, will grow quickly and populously and will be very strong, showing healthy from root to tip.
Other health benefits of vitamin B12
As we have already mentioned, B12 is essential in the production of red blood cells. Since they are in charge of carrying oxygen to the blood, they are indirectly responsible for the whole body to function well, because that oxygenated blood is what nourishes the cells and makes them work; this happens not only in the hair but at all levels. Any cellular function, from providing shine to regenerating our hair tissue, requires a supply of oxygen at the cellular level.
It also plays a very important role in the production of neurotransmitters, such as dopamine and serotonin, so that it can improve the symptoms of people with depression.
On the other hand, we have to say that cobalamin is essential for myelin, the material that covers the nerves of the body and helps the electrical impulses between the different nerve cells in the body to transmit better. Thus, our nervous system and its important functions depend on this vitamin.
As you can see, having good levels of vitamin B12 in the body is a very important issue for not having any health problems in the future. It is therefore important to ensure that these levels are correct. How? Providing the body with the amount it needs.
Foods rich in vitamin B12 are of animal origin. There are some foods of plant origin that contain it, but in very low quantities, far removed from the daily necessary contribution. Therefore, people who do not include animal foods in their diet, such as vegan or vegetarian people, should take supplements (see below). It will also be the case of people with some type of digestive problem that does not allow a good absorption of this micronutrient.
The foods of animal origin richest in cobalamin are the following. On the one hand, beef and veal; beef tenderloin contributes no less than 13 micrograms per 100 grams of product. Pork liver and other animals and chicken breast are good choices too. On the other hand, eggs, with a contribution of 1.3 micrograms per 100 grams of product.
And finally, among fish, salmon, herring, sardine and tuna are the ones with the highest vitamin B12 content. There are many other foods rich in B12, these are just a few examples. As for food of vegetable origin, the tempeh or fermented soybean and some mushrooms stand out. However, the amount of this nutrient does not reach, by any means, that of food of animal origin.
A wide variety of cyanocobalamin supplements are available on the market in terms of format and presentation. The most common thing between vegans and vegetarians is to take a pill or tablet once a week, which has a nutrient intake of between 1000 and 2000 micrograms. No prescription required.
People who suffer from a digestive problem that prevents them from absorbing the vitamin correctly will require prior consultation with their doctor to determine causes and solutions. In any case, supplementation will require direct contact with the bloodstream, without the need for absorption; injections or nasal gels are the options but, in this case, they do need a prescription.
In this way, it is possible to maintain the appropriate levels of cobalamin for our body and, with it, enjoy the benefits of vitamin B12 for hair and scalp and, of course, for the rest of the body.
Hair Health Tips
In addition to the obvious advice of consuming vitamin B12, by eating or, failing that, taking special supplements to enjoy good hair health, there are a series of tips that should be taken into account.
It is the most important advice regarding hair health, because it is about making your hair strong from the start. As we mentioned earlier, biotin is the most well-known vitamin in relation to hair care. Thus, the effects in combination with the B12 will be spectacular. In the same way, we advise you to follow a balanced diet that includes all the nutrients, as they all have their functions, many of them related to hair.
There are many different types of hair, so it is important to take care of them with specific products for them. The market for hair products is very wide, so that you can easily find shampoos and conditioners specific to each type: greasy, curly, smooth, with dandruff… In addition to the usual hair washing, it is advisable to provide an extra dose of nutrition with a mask once or twice a week; this will be, from time to time, homemade.
It is important to point out that there are preventive and other repair products, so you must know how to choose wisely according to the state of our hair.
The vast majority of us use the blow dryer to dry our hair after washing. Well, it is important to bear in mind that heat affects hair health very negatively, weakening the scalp and making hair look more fragile and dry and brittle. Ideally, you should opt for masks or serums that act as a protective barrier against heat.
In the case of brushing or using a plate or tong, the protection must be maximum and always betting on quality products.
Although it is not particularly pleasant to rinse your hair with cold water, especially in the winter months, it is best for good hair health. Low temperatures help improve the blood flow to the scalp, so it helps keep the roots strong. In the same way, the cold seals the capillary structure, so that it “contracts” and is not exposed to external agents.
In conclusion, we will say that it is essential to take care of the health of the organism, as well as the capillary. Cobalamin is one of the most important nutrients in the body, and it is our responsibility to provide it with the daily amount it needs.
The best way to enjoy all the benefits of vitamin B12 for your hair and for it to perform all its functions is to maintain a healthy and balanced diet. And, of course, to make sure that we are really providing our body with the amount it needs, betting on supplements of this nutrient (remember that we are obligatory in the case of at-risk populations).