The aloe vera plant is one of the oldest herbal cures being used to treat various dermatological and health conditions. Although the ‘healing power’ of aloe vera is mainly proven by traditional and historical testimonies, this succulent herb contains many active components such as vitamins, minerals, enzymes, and amino acids with scientifically and medically proven properties.
What are the active ingredients present in aloe vera that are known to help grow hair? (1)
Aloe vera is rich in vitamins such as vitamins A, E, and C. These are antioxidants which help combat free radicals, one of the biggest enemies of our cells. It also contains choline, folic acid, and vitamin B12, which are also essential for hair growth. When paired with B complex vitamins, choline is scientifically proven to strengthen hair as it boosts keratin production preventing and treating hair brittleness. (2)
Folic acid is likewise important because it nourishes the follicles and also helps repair cells. Vitamin B12 works closely with folic acid to produce red blood cells that carry oxygen to the follicle cells. Without healthy blood flow, your hair follicles cannot sustain a healthy hair growth cycle.
Aloe vera also has plenty of minerals that are much needed for healthier hair growth. It gives your hair essential minerals such as calcium, chromium, copper, selenium, magnesium, manganese, potassium, sodium and zinc. All of these are very crucial for hair strength and growth rate.
For example, calcium is one of the minerals found in hair that gives hair structure and strength. Adequate intake and absorption of calcium in the body results in higher Ca deposition in hair. (3)
According to the Huntington College of Health Sciences selenium deficiency would result in hair thinning. Having sufficient levels of selenium supports the hair follicles to grow more hair. Also zinc deficiency can lead to alopecia or hair loss. You body needs zinc to make proteins; thus it helps build keratin structures, which keeps the hair strong. For this reason it is one of the most essential hair nutrients. (4)
Other than vitamins and minerals, this herbal plant also contains a lot of scalp-enhancing enzymes. And these enzymes when applied topically on your scalp (which is also a part of your skin) help reduce inflammation such as inflammation of the hair follicles which can lead to hair loss.
These are healthy oils that not only help prevent scalp dryness but also boost your scalp’s resistance to allergies and infection. Having a healthy scalp is of course fundamental to stronger and thicker hair growth.
Amino acids and other hair-boosting propertiesApart from the above nutrients aloe vera likewise contain at least 7 of the 8 very important amino acids that we need. It also has salicylic acid that is a very good antibacterial and anti-inflammatory agent. No wonder a topical aloe vera treatment can help relieve many skin and scalp diseases!
Knowing the rich nutritional properties of aloe vera, it is safe to conclude that this medicinal plant can help grow back hair. The above nutrients have all been known to be quite basic when it comes to both hair and skin (scalp) health!
Have you tried aloe vera as a homemade topical hair loss treatment?