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Is Your Vitamin B Complex Helping Your Hair?

If you’ve searched for information about maintaining your hair, you might have seen B vitamins recommended as helpful tools for stimulating healthy hair growth.

There are eight different B-vitamins, which together are known as the vitamin B complex. These vitamins are widely available in nutritional supplements and offer a range of different benefits for your health and wellbeing. 

But can B-complex vitamins contribute to hair growth? While vitamin B clearly plays a key role in the hair growth process, the scientific evidence is mixed when it comes to the effectiveness of B complex vitamins for hair growth.

Below, we’ve explained what vitamin B complex supplements are, as well as the eight different types of vitamin B that make up this group of vitamins. 

We’ve also listed and discussed some of the major health benefits associated with the different forms of vitamin B, including the potential effects of B vitamins on hair growth.

Finally, we’ve explained what you can do if you’re starting to lose your hair and want to turn to vitamins, supplements and other treatments to restore hair growth. 

We want you to walk away smarter. But if you’re only interested in the bottom line, here it is:

  • B vitamins offer countless health benefits. However, if you eat a balanced diet, you may not need to use a B-complex vitamin supplement.

  • Right now, there is no solid scientific evidence to suggest that taking a B-complex aids in hair growth or slows down hair loss associated with androgenic alopecia or male pattern baldness.

  • There is some evidence that taking a biotin supplement can aid hair loss in men who are biotin deficient. However, biotin deficiency is uncommon.

  • Because B vitamins are water-soluble, your body eliminates any excess amount through your pee. As such, you’re not doing yourself any favors by taking massive quantities. An obvious indicator you’re overdoing it is bright yellow urine.

  • If you’re worried about your B-vitamin levels, consider adding a multivitamin supplement to your daily health routine. You’ll likely get more from this than from a vitamin B complex supplement.

What Are B Vitamins?

While many people associate the term “vitamin B” with a single vitamin, the reality is that there are eight different B vitamins, each with their own important functions in your body.

The eight different B vitamins are thiamine (vitamin B1), riboflavin (vitamin B2), niacin (vitamin B3), pantothenic acid, vitamin B6, biotin (vitamin B7), folic acid (folate), and vitamin B12.

All of these vitamins are water-soluble and all play key roles in helping your body to metabolize important nutrients, such as proteins, fats and carbohydrates.

This article is for informational purposes only and does not constitute medical advice. The information contained herein is not a substitute for and should never be relied upon for professional medical advice. Always talk to your doctor about the risks and benefits of any treatment.