So I finally did it! I bought skin, hair and nails supplements. I feel a bit weird doing so and honestly I doubt they will work that well but can’t hurt to try right? At the very least I expect to strengthen my weak brittle nails 🙂
I got this brand from the health store at the Game City mall in Gaborone. They cost about 90 pula but there was an all natural brand going for 170 pula. Link pharmacy at the main mall also has 3 other brands of hair vitamins you can try. The ones I got at the health store do not contain biotin which is known to cause acne outbreaks on some people (more information available here). The main ingredients of the brand above are MSM (methylsulfonylmethane), vitamin C, zinc and amino acids.
MSM: MSM is a natural organic sulfur compound that is found in plant and animal tissue. MSM contributes to healthy collagen and keratin which are essential for healthy hair, skin and nails. (via African Hair Blog)
Vitamin C: Low intake of vitamin C in your diet may result in dry or splitting hair, according to the University of Maryland Medical Center. Although hair loss isn’t directly associated with a vitamin C deficiency, dry and splitting hair from a vitamin C deficiency may make your hair prone to hair loss and other hair-related conditions. Natural sources of vitamin c include cauliflower, turnip greens, mango, strawberries, green peppers, spinach, blueberries, tomatoes, papaya, oranges, kiwi and pineapples. Read more here.
Zinc: In addition to hair loss and skin conditions like psoriasis and dermatitis, a zinc deficiency can result in the appearance of white spots or flecks on the fingernails. Zinc helps with the production of sebum, the natural oil produced by your scalp that’s essential for healthy, moisturized hair. It keeps the scalp conditioned, which helps to prevent dandruff. Zinc also keeps the hair shaft healthy and strong, minimizing hair loss. Without sufficient zinc, you may notice that your hair breaks easily and is slow to re-grow. Early graying, thinning, and balding can all be signs of a zinc deficiency. Natural sources of zinc include egg yolks, meat, oysters, liver, wheat germ, nuts, soy, pumpkin seeds, shrimp, and mussels. Read more here.
Amino acids:Amino acids feed several of the processes that influence hair growth. In addition to making keratin, amino acids make red blood cells that carry oxygen and nutrients to hair follicles. Amino acids also contribute to the metabolic processes that convert food to energy that fuels all the body’s processes, including hair growth. All foods have amino acids, but only animal proteins and soy have all nine essential amino acids. Read more here.
The supplements are free of yeast,gluten,wheat, soy, dairy products,preservatives,artificial flavors,colors, salt and sugar. Therefore they are also ideal for vegans. The bottle recommends that you take 2 a day however I prefer to just take one a day. Since they are a total of 60 tablets, they will last me 2 months (assuming I remember to take 1 everyday).
Remember supplements should be coupled with a balanced diet, healthy hair care practices and exercise. Healthy inside=healthy outside. So don’t put too much faith in the supplement alone. If you are not eating well and working out or caring for your hair, the chances of seeing good results are slim.
If you are interested in going the supplement route, African Hair blog also took two different brands of hair, skin and nails vitamins and wrote 3 informative posts about them here.
Lastly if you do decide to pick some up, as with any drugs read the labels carefully and consult your doctor before taking them if you have any special conditions. Monitor how your body reacts as well to spot possible side effects.
In 3 months I will post a review of the formula tablets and decide whether to continue or change brands.