Vitamin B6 is vital for mental and physical health including keeping hair strong and healthy – And that’s why it’s a key ingredient in our Ideal hair vitamins. It is needed for the metabolising of protein, a process in which it acts as a catalyst. It acts on enzymes which prompts metabolism of keratin and melanin in the hair follicles. This metabolism feeds the follicles so they can support growth. The structure of this vitamin enables it to fulfil this function.

Another way that vitamin B6 supports hair growth is by regulating the production of sebum. Excessive amounts clog the pores which compromise scalp condition and its ability to support growth. Additionally, vitamin B6 deters loss by controlling hormone release from male and female glands. A B6 component, Pyridoxal 5-Phosphate (PLP), regulates testosterone and oestrogen functions. Testosterone produces Dihydrotestosterone (DHT) that causes hair loss by shortening the hair growth phase. It also reduces the size of the hair follicles.

How Vitamin B6 Stops Hair Damaging DHT

Additionally, vitamin B6 is important because it works with other nutrients to keep hair growing and healthy. It works with zinc and low quantities of azelaic acid to hinder the undesirable effects of testosterone that causes hair loss. Apart from stopping the effect of DHT, the combination of B6 and azelaic acid has also been scientifically proven to accelerate hair growth significantly. The combination also helps to restore hair colour by supporting the formation of melanin. Hair that is thinning can also be revitalised by this vitamin. It nourishes hair follicles by supplying them with oxygenated blood. This ensures that the hair that grows out of them is thick and healthy.

Natural Sources Of Vitamin B6

Vitamin B6 is found in white meat like chicken and turkey as well as salmon, tuna, and other types of fish including shrimp. Vitamin B6 health benefits can also be gained by eating bananas, spinach, carrots, sunflower seeds, milk, cheese, lentils and whole wheat products like wheat germ. The recommended daily intake of this vitamin is 1.3 mg to 1.7 m.g per day. Exceeding this quota can cause harmful side effects. These include heartburn, nausea, sensitivity to sunlight, skin lesions and numbness or reduced ability to feel pain and temperature extremes.

Insufficient vitamin B6 caused by illness or other factors has harmful consequences that manifest with different symptoms. Apart from illness, taking some types of medications such as the contraceptive pill may cause a deficiency. Long-term excessive alcohol consumption can also prevent the absorption of this vitamin. B6 deficiency can cause severe vomiting, diarrhoea, eczema and inflammation of the mouth. And severe deficiency can cause anaemia.

How To Consume Different Forms Of Vitamin B6

The structure of this vitamin has three components; amine, phosphoric acid ester and aldehyde. Unlike other vitamins, vitamin B6 is not produced by the body. It can only be sourced from food or a supplement. One challenge with food sources is that this vitamin is lost quickly during cooking or when the food is exposed to sunlight. This makes a supplement the best option to get the daily recommended quota.

How Ideal Hair Vitamins Can Help

Hair loss can be devastating. It is with this understanding that IdealofMeD developed Ideal Hair Vitamins as one of the products in its range of hair restoring products. The mouth-soluble tablets have not only the recommended vitamin B6 daily dose but also other vitamins and minerals that reverse hair loss and restart hair growth. It is a complete vitamin supplement that also has herbal extracts such as from ginseng and stinging nettle that accelerate growth. Consistent consumption of Ideal Hair Vitamins will give you not only your RDA of vitamin B6 but every other nutrient you need for a gorgeous mane of hair.