The Role of Vitamins and Minerals in Hair Loss: A Review

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  • Date:

    13 December 2018

  • Autor(s):

    Hind M. Almohanna, Azhar A. Ahmed, John P. Tsatalis and Antonella Tosti

  • Source:

    Dermatology and Therapy Journal

  • Keywords:

    Alopecia, Biotin, Ferritin, Folic acid, Hair loss, Vitamin A, Vitamin B, Vitamin C, Vitamin D, Zinc

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The Role of Vitamins and Minerals in Hair Loss: A Review


People commonly inquire about vitamin and mineral supplementation and diet as a means to prevent or manage dermatological diseases and, in particular, hair loss. Answering these queries is frequently challenging, given the enormous and conflicting evidence that exists on this subject. There are several reasons to suspect a role for micronutrients in non-scarring alopecia. Micronutrients are major elements in the normal hair follicle cycle, playing a role in cellular turnover, a frequent occurrence in the matrix cells in the follicle bulb that are rapidly dividing. Management of alopecia is an essential aspect of clinical dermatology given the prevalence of hair loss and its significant impact on patients' quality of life. The role of nutrition and dietin treating hair loss represents a dynamic and growing area of inquiry. In this review we summarize the role of vitamins and minerals, such as vitamin A, vitamin B, vitaminc C, vitamin D, vitamin E, iron, selenium, and zinc, in non-scarring alopecia.