Niacin for Hair Growth
Does Niacin Prevent Hair Loss and Promote Hair Growth?Niacin, also known as nicotinic acid, is an organ compound and form of vitamin B3, an essential human nutrient. Niacin has many health benefits, and it is often used in health products like multivitamins. Niacin has also been found to benefit hair health.
Niacin reduces the levels of hs-CRP (high-sensitivity C-reactive protein) within the body. This plays an important role in combating hair loss. Niacin contains anti-inflammatory properties which can help reduce scalp inflammation and irritation, particularly of those sensitive to DHT (the cause of hair loss).
One of the main causes of thinning hair is poor blood circulation in the scalp. Niacin can help improve blood circulation to the scalp, which leads to less hair fall, less thinning, and faster, thicker hair growth. Niacin does not block DHT, however, it may contribute to healthy hair growth, and improve the thickness and density of the hair.
How to use/take niacin?
Excellent results have been found when using niacin to treat hair loss as a topical application (serum, shampoo, oil, liquid), and also when consumed orally in supplement (tablet, capsule, pill) form. Niacin also works well when used in conjunction with other hair growth ingredients, particularly within a multivitamin hair growth supplement, like HR23+. The recommended daily amount of niacin for adult males is 16 mg a day. For adult women (who are not pregnant), it is 14 mg a day, however, it is safe to exceed that amount. HR23+ contains a daily amount of 30 mg niacin, which is the required measurement for treating hair loss. Other health benefits of niacin include:
- Improves blood fat levels
- Reduces blood pressure
- Helps treat type 1 diabetes
- Boosts brain function
- Improves skin health
A healthy eating plan can have huge benefits for the hair. Niacin can typically be found in high-protein foods such as liver, chicken, tuna, fish, anchovies, pork, and ground beef. However, added supplementation can also boost the systems ability to treat hair loss.
For best results, niacin should be taken as part of a multivitamin supplement, or applied topically