MSM and Biotin: minerals and vitamins for hair growth?


      I talked about the hair cycle and shedding in a recent post. (Click HERE to read it). It got me to thinking. The anagen phase is only 2 years in some people and as long as 8 years in others ! This might explain why your hair is not growing long or why someone else’s hair just keeps growing and growing.

     Anyways, I did some research to find out what could potentially prolong the anagen phase. Guess what came up on my Google search? Methylsulfonylmethane (MSM). It is a sulfur-containing compound that can be found in a few plants and is also used in some health supplements. One of its most popular uses is in joint/osteoarthritis supplements.

     Enough babbling already.. Yesterday, I bought a supplement which contains this famous MSM: GNC Ultranourish hair. It costs $ 19.99 for a bottle of 120 caplets and contains 500 mg of MSM per serving.

      It also contains biotin and pantothenic acid (vitamin B5). Biotin is believed to assist hair growth and people that are biotin-deficient can experience hair loss (alopecia). There is no recommended dietary allowance (RDA) established for biotin but rather adequate intakes.  The adequate intakes (AI) for biotin are 30 mcg for adults over 18 years and pregnant women, and 35 mcg for breast-feeding women. However, I found some supplements with as high as 7500mcg. My GNC ultranourish contains 1200 mcg per serving. I believe that’s more than adequate.

     Vitamin B5 can help to increase the thickness of the hair shaft when used in conditioners so I guess it’s not bad to take it in internally. If you’ve experienced significant hair growth by using either MSM or biotin or both, please leave a comment. On the other hand, did you take any supplement containing these elements and they didn’t do anything for you? I’d also love to hear your experience. Take care.

Dr Fomsky


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