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Marina1982
March 11th, 2009, 07:22 PM
Hi there! My question is regarding vitamins for speeding up hair growth. I'm thinking of taking viviscal, fish oils, silica, sea kelp and MSM - is this too many to take every day?

Many thanks! :cheese:

AmyJorgensen
March 11th, 2009, 08:22 PM
I would suggest that you just focus on improving the quality of your hair health and try to be patient waiting for the length. I think you'll be torturing yourself. I have excellent growth with just a multivitamin.

Roseate
March 11th, 2009, 08:43 PM
I'd suggest only adding one supplement at a time- that way you can know if it's working and find out which one/s works for you.

If you add them all at once you won't be able to tell which one is having an effect; you could be wasting a lot of money on supplements.

Pierre
March 11th, 2009, 11:11 PM
I suggest you try them one at a time, and observe the effect on your body (it will take weeks for you to notice it on your hair). Then you can wake up in the morning and say "I need three grams of fish oil and five drops of silica," rather than using fixed dosage.

pdy2kn6
March 12th, 2009, 07:14 AM
yeah ide suggest adding them to your diet slowly, as a major increase can have harmful effects on your body. My dads a doctor and i made him give me a check up to make sure i was healthy before i went away and he mentioned some abnomalities in my results (only slight-nothing too worrying or anything) but then when i went in to the other doctor (my own doctor) i was advised to stop taking as many vitamins as i was taking, as they may have been contributing to my test result influxes. I was on 3 fish oils a day, 2 hairstimulator.com vitamins, 1 1000mg biotin, 2 boots own hair growth vitamins and iron and vitamin c combo vitamins. Now i reduced them to biotin, 2 fish oil and 2 boots own brand hair skin and nails vitamin. just make sure to stay safe

lora410
March 12th, 2009, 08:10 AM
if thats to many I have issues. I take Multi, MSM, Biotin, Calcium, Fish oil and Flax

pdy2kn6
March 12th, 2009, 08:57 AM
if thats to many I have issues. I take Multi, MSM, Biotin, Calcium, Fish oil and Flax

im sure it isnt for everyone the same, im sure it was just a precautionary incase my doctor felt he should tell me. Im sure it was also combined with my poor diet (ie eating too much fruit with natural sugar in it which shoots up my sugar levels). Im sure you are perfectly fine. I would just advise OP'er to just incorporate them into your diet slowly, rather than a sudden shock to the system of so many vitamins. Happy growing :cheese:

pdy2kn6
March 12th, 2009, 08:58 AM
if thats to many I have issues. I take Multi, MSM, Biotin, Calcium, Fish oil and Flax

whats flax btw? sounds interesting...im sure i will be incorporating more vitamins into my hair routine after this thread!!!

JamieLeigh
March 12th, 2009, 09:04 AM
Most of the stuff that's mentioned in this post can be found all together in a good multivitamin that's directed specifically at hair health. I would suggest going to your local pharmacy and picking up a bottle of Hair, Skin & Nails formula. At least here in the southern US, there is a generic version of this in every pharmacy, available OTC. It contains things like Biotin, Calcium, Niacin, Horsetail Rush, Green Tea, Silica, Evening Primrose Oil, Collagen.....and a dozen other things that sound impressive for your hair, LOL.

I'm taking Hair, Skin & Nails, and also Acidophilus (thanks to some friends both here and on Facebook who recommended it), and I like it all so far. :)

akurah
March 12th, 2009, 09:11 AM
Many (but not all!) vitamins are excreted in urine when you take too many, which is why it is hard to overdose on vitamins. Unfortunately, those that are not can build up in your body, and potentially make you sick.

Your doctor or pharmacist (or, if you're really brave, Google) should be able to tell you which ones won't hurt you if you accidentally take too many or not.

Ursula
March 12th, 2009, 09:13 AM
As others have said, I'd suggest adding one at a time, with a good amount of time (2 weeks to a month) between each change. Otherwise, if you have a problem with one, you won't know what causes the problem.

Also, I'd suggest starting with a good daily mutivitamin/mineral and a calcium supplament. Those are the basics for good health, and will ensure you have no specific deficiencies. As others have mentioned, ensuring general good health is the first step to good hair.

Once you have that established, you can play with adding "extras" for hair growth, if you want.

Feye
March 12th, 2009, 01:07 PM
Hello, there have been posts and articles about high doses of viamin A causing hairloss, so make sure that it's Beta caroten and not Vitamin A, as the latter can build up over time. (If I'm wrong, someone please correct me)

Also, lots of fresh vegetables and fruits should be a nice addition too! I have started to eat more healthily lately and I'm hoping for a nice effect on my hair, skin and energy levels. Good luck!

Personally, I take a multi, some extra fish oil and MSM right now. I usually do periods when I go completely without vitamins too, typically in summer when everything you eat contain so much more vitamins. I actually had that suggested to me by a certified long hair specialist, although I'm not sure if that was part of the long hair beliefs or her personal beliefs.

Feye
March 12th, 2009, 01:08 PM
Oh yes, I take calcium too, since I'm allergic to milk products.

enfys
March 12th, 2009, 05:52 PM
I was on 3 fish oils a day, 2 hairstimulator.com vitamins, 1 1000mg biotin, 2 boots own hair growth vitamins and iron and vitamin c combo vitamins. Now i reduced them to biotin, 2 fish oil and 2 boots own brand hair skin and nails vitamin. just make sure to stay safe

Are they the Boots H,S & N the ones in the silver and purple pot? I take them, and they say one capsule a day. Did you find that didn't work? Or were you looking to boost it even more? I'm just at he end of my first pot aand I've had 2" in three weeks with the 1 capsule.

Wouldn't 2 give you about 800% RDA of some ingredients?

marla
March 12th, 2009, 06:09 PM
Hello, there have been posts and articles about high doses of viamin A causing hairloss, so make sure that it's Beta caroten and not Vitamin A, as the latter can build up over time. (If I'm wrong, someone please correct me)


What is an acceptable dose of Vitamin A? My multi has 5000 IUs and I wonder if that is too much.

rusika1
March 12th, 2009, 11:02 PM
Here's some info (Thank you, Wikipedia)

Intake of excessive quantities can cause vitamin poisoning, often due to overdose of Vitamin A and Vitamin D. Due to toxicity, most common vitamins have recommended upper daily intake amounts.

Fat Soluble vitamins:
Vitamin A
Vitamin D
Vitamin E
Vitamin K

Vitamin A
The recommended dietary allowance for females over the age of 18 is 700 μg/day, with an upper limit of 3000 μg/day.

Vitamin A is fat-soluble, not water-soluble, excess levels are not excreted in the urine. Vitamin A toxicity can lead to nausea, jaundice, irritability, anorexia (loss of appetite), vomiting, blurry vision, headaches, muscle and abdominal pain and weakness, drowsiness and altered mental status.

Acute toxicity generally occurs at doses of 25,000 IU/kg of body weight, with chronic toxicity occurring at 4,000 IU/kg of body weight daily for 6-15 months. Additionally excessive alcohol intake can increase toxicity. Children can reach toxic levels at 1500 IU/kg of body weight.

In chronic cases, hair loss, drying of the mucous membranes, fever, insomnia, fatigue, weight loss, bone fractures, anemia, and diarrhea can all be evident on top of the symptoms associated with less serious toxicity.

It has been estimated that 75% of people may be ingesting more than the RDA for vitamin A on a regular basis in developed nations. Intake of twice the RDA of vitamin A chronically may be associated with osteoporosis and hip fractures.

Vitamin D
The recommended daily allowance is 400 IU per day.

Overdose has been observed at 1925 g/d (77,000 IU per day). Acute overdose requires between 15,000 g/d (600,000 IU per day) and 42,000 g/d (1,680,000 IU per day) over a period of several days to months, with a safe intake level being 250 g/d (10000 IU per day).

An excess of vitamin D causes abnormally high blood concentrations of calcium (hypercalcemia), which can cause overcalcification of the bones, soft tissues, heart and kidneys. It can also damage the kidney and produce kidney stones. In addition, hypertension can result.

Vitamin E
Because vitamin E can act as an anticoagulant and may increase the risk of bleeding problems, many agencies have set an upper tolerable intake level (UL) for vitamin E at 1,000 mg (1,500 IU) per day.

Vitamin K
Although allergic reaction is possible, there is no known toxicity associated with high doses of the phylloquinone (vitamin K1) or menaquinone (vitamin K2) forms of vitamin K and therefore no Tolerable Upper Intake Level (UL) have been set.

spf4214
March 12th, 2009, 11:31 PM
One of the vitamins that I know can cause trouble if you take too much of is selenium. Also you have to be careful if you are taking a lot of iron supplements, and I would reccommend talking about it with your doctor. BTW I work in pharmacy, which is why I know these things.:) I'm currently taking a multi and have been quite happy with the results.

pdy2kn6
March 13th, 2009, 01:41 AM
Are they the Boots H,S & N the ones in the silver and purple pot? I take them, and they say one capsule a day. Did you find that didn't work? Or were you looking to boost it even more? I'm just at he end of my first pot aand I've had 2" in three weeks with the 1 capsule.

Wouldn't 2 give you about 800% RDA of some ingredients?


sorry i meant to say 1 of them a day, i got confused. lol. yeah they are the ones that i take (purple and silver bottle), they are good aren't they. I got 6 months bottle supply before i left england, just to make sure i dont run out lol. I meant to say i take one of them per day. Really?????????? you have had 2 inches in 3 weeks? no way, thats incredible, have you just been taking them? how long have you been taking them for? well done :) who would of thought boots own brand would be so rewarding for a product less than 6 quid.

marla
March 13th, 2009, 06:34 AM
I take 2000 IU of Vitamin D on the recommendation of a doctor. Vit D has a strong anti-cancer property.

dulce-de-leche
March 13th, 2009, 10:50 AM
if thats to many I have issues. I take Multi, MSM, Biotin, Calcium, Fish oil and Flax


I hear you lora !!!:)
I take GNC hairnourish,msm,calcium,biotin,flaxseed oil,evening primrse oil,gelatin...hmm I think I got them all if not look at my hair care routine to make sure :) I hve to add that I have seen a big difference since taking these for a while about 4 months.My nails are growing really fast and my hair is growing about 1 inch a month!O f course it is different for everyone

enfys
March 15th, 2009, 06:20 PM
sorry i meant to say 1 of them a day, i got confused. lol. yeah they are the ones that i take (purple and silver bottle), they are good aren't they. I got 6 months bottle supply before i left england, just to make sure i dont run out lol. I meant to say i take one of them per day. Really?????????? you have had 2 inches in 3 weeks? no way, thats incredible, have you just been taking them? how long have you been taking them for? well done :) who would of thought boots own brand would be so rewarding for a product less than 6 quid.

I'm just finishing my first pot literally tonight, so it's only been 30 days. I'm inclined to think it was just follicle excitement at the sudden boost, but I seriously hope it is a trend that will stick!
Phew, glad you aren't o'ding :p

rockkcor
March 15th, 2009, 06:42 PM
I take collagen ans some multivitamin (hair and nail)
How about Pantenol?
Anyone rubbed it ino scalp?

Speckla
March 15th, 2009, 06:57 PM
if thats to many I have issues. I take Multi, MSM, Biotin, Calcium, Fish oil and Flax

all that plus a B complex and royal jelly.
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