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Pantothenic Acid for Healthy Hair.

Pantothenic Acid for Healthy Hair

Losing your hair due to illness is hard. You’re possibly losing hair alongside suffering with a multitude of other symptoms. I’ve experienced a few periods of hair loss. This because of pregnancy, PCOS and Graves Disease. In all circumstances hair growth has improved in time. Especially when I’ve focused on eating nutrients to support my health.

In this post I’m focusing on Pantothenic Acid for healthy hair. After reading this post, you should take away some ideas of how you can get this nutrient into your diet and the benefits it can bring.

 

What is Pantothenic Acid

Pantothenic Acid is also known as vitamin B5. The name coming from the Greek word ‘pantos’, translating as ‘from everywhere’.

Pantothenic Acid is known to promote healthy hair. And is used in many products as a way to boost hair growth.

It’s very rare to be deficient in Pantothenic Acid as it can be found in most foods.

Pantothenic acid is part of the B vitamin group. Collectively called B Vitamin complex. It’s classed as a water-soluble vitamin. Being water-soluble makes it an unstable vitamin as it isn’t stored in the body. So we need to top up this vitamin on a daily basis.

Issues with hair loss

For many of us, losing hair is particularly problematic.

The loss of hair is most likely not due to hair follicles or the health of the hair itself.

For most of us the issue is hormonal, stress related or due to chronic illness.

Adrenal Glands

For most women disturbances in hormones can be caused by androgens. Androgens are hormones which are produced by the adrenal glands. We have two adrenal glands each located upon each kidney.

The two glands produce a number of hormones. A hormone called testosterone can be problematic if high levels are produced. This, affecting women during times of hormonal imbalance. A hormonal disorder particularly affected by high testosterone levels is PCOS (polycystic ovarian syndrome).

Stress can play a huge role with the adrenal glands. Causing excessive production of stress hormones to calm the body. In times of stress a hormone called cortisol can be a particular problem and can affect sufferers of chronic diseases.

A bodily stress response not only happens when we’re in stressful situations. It also appears in response to disease. So you may experience this automatically as a symptom of chronic illness.

Pantothenic Acid for Healthy Hair

Pantothenic acid and hair

It may benefit you to focus on getting Pantothenic Acid from your diet to boost the health of your hair.

That’s because Pantothenic acid aids in hair growth. Doing so, by nourishing individual hair follicles. It also provides moisture and oils to protect the sebum glands. The sebum glands or the sebaceous glands secrete sebum, an oily waxy liquid which acts as a barrier to stop bacteria and viruses forcing their way through the skin.
[1]https://en.m.wikipedia.org/wiki/Sebaceous_gland

Coenzyme A

Pantothenic acid works as a coenzyme being available to support bodily functions.

You may have heard of coenzyme A when it comes to healthy hair.

Coenzyme A is a coenzyme that requires pantothenic acid to be present. One of the functions of Coenzyme A is to support the growth of our hair.

It not only protects our hair. Coenzyme A is also needed for lipid (fat) production, hormones (melatonin, growth, stress and sex hormones), neurotransmitters and antibodies. All of these either needed for healthy hair or impact hair growth if a deficiency is caused by illness.

[2]https://www.ncbi.nlm.nih.gov/pmc/articles/PMC4828511/#!po=36.5672

Pantothenic Acid and the Adrenal Glands

As said earlier, the adrenal glands play a huge role with the health of our hair. Pantothenic Acid is an important vitamin to support the adrenal glands due to its pivotal role in producing sex and stress hormones.

Pantothenic Acid and the Immune System

Your immune system can cause hair loss. Pantothenic acid also plays a role in boosting the immune system. It does this by aiding in the production of antibodies.

Antibodies are proteins which the body produces to fight invaders in the body. These invaders are in the form of viruses and bacteria which we come into contact with on a daily basis.

Sufferers of immune related diseases may be more susceptible to such invaders.

As sufferers, we have issues with a type of antibody called an auto-antibody which singles out a certain organ or types of tissue to attack. Giving us our autoimmune diseases. This unfortunately leads to a compromised immune system.

A symptom of many immune disease sufferers can be hair loss too. This due to the immune system directly attacking the hair follicles. Or the immune system forcing targeted organs to produce hormones which limits or stops hair growth.

Immune related hair loss is often common for alopecia, lupus and thyroid disease sufferers (graves disease and hashimoto’s disease).

[3]https://draxe.com/vitamin-b5/
[4]https://www.headcovers.com/resources/hair-loss/autoimmune-hair-loss/
[5]https://www.ncbi.nlm.nih.gov/m/pubmed/7010964/

Pantothenic Acid food sources

You can get B5 from most foods. So a deficiency is rare. Good sources can be obtained from eating organ meats such as liver, kidneys and heart.

Whole grains such as brown rice, oats and wheat germ are great sources too. But please bear in mind that eating brown rice or whole grains is a must. Try to not eat them as white rice or refined grains as many nutrients are stripped away during the refining process. And refining can reduce pantothenic acid by as much as 75%.

[6]https://www.checkyourfood.com/micronutrients/micronutrient/48/pantothenic-acid–b5-

Other goods sources are eggs, milk sunflower seeds, mushrooms, broccoli, peppers, avocado, cauliflower, kale, sweet potato, peanuts, split peas, soybeans, lentils, pecans, cashews, hazelnuts.

Deficiency is rare, lots of foods have pantothenic acid added to them. Especially cereals. So you’ll most likely get an intake if you eat breakfast cereals on a regular basis.

Taking Pantothenic Acid as a supplement

You might decide to take Pantothenic Acid in supplement form.

It can be taken alone or part of a Vitamin B complex. Or you may find it in combination with biotin (B7), another B vitamin recommended for healthy hair.

Supplement levels range from 10mg upwards. The recommended daily intake (US) in women is 5 mg, in pregnant women it’s 6 mg and in breastfeeding women it’s 7 mg. So bear in mind the levels required if you opt to take B5 as a supplement.

Deficiency as said previously is rare, and so to is toxicity. If consumed in high doses it’s reported to produce diarrhea and digestive related issues.

[7]https://ods.od.nih.gov/factsheets/PantothenicAcid-HealthProfessional/

Pantothenic Acid in hair products

You might benefit from getting a dose of B5 and other nutrients by applying it topically to your hair and scalp. Look for hair products that contain panthenol, a form of pantothenic acid. It’s added to lots of hair serums and shampoos. So it may help to apply such products directly.

Conclusion

So if you believe your hair loss is related to a hormonal, stress and/or autoimmune disorder. Vitamin B5 may be the vitamin for you.

Personally, I’ve experienced hair loss as a sufferer of Graves Disease (an autoimmune disease) and PCOS. And understand the emotions it causes. Especially being a woman. We place a lot of pressures on ourselves when it comes to hair. Don’t we? We’ve grown up hearing how our hair is our beauty. So it’s difficult to cope with our ‘beauty’ so to speak, being stripped away.

Now I’m not saying that taking pantothenic acid will result in luscious locks of hair tomorrow. Nor am I telling you to rush out and buy supplements and lots of hair products.

This will take time!

Start with diet first adding foods rich in Pantothenic Acid. Try hair products containing panthenol. Start with those first and then see if you find benefit from adding a supplement to your regime*.

*Please, please always seek advice from health professionals if you wish to take supplements. This is especially important if you are taking medications for specific health conditions.

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References

References
1https://en.m.wikipedia.org/wiki/Sebaceous_gland
2https://www.ncbi.nlm.nih.gov/pmc/articles/PMC4828511/#!po=36.5672
3https://draxe.com/vitamin-b5/
4https://www.headcovers.com/resources/hair-loss/autoimmune-hair-loss/
5https://www.ncbi.nlm.nih.gov/m/pubmed/7010964/
6https://www.checkyourfood.com/micronutrients/micronutrient/48/pantothenic-acid–b5-
7https://ods.od.nih.gov/factsheets/PantothenicAcid-HealthProfessional/