Vitamin E is an essential vitamin and antioxidant found in olives, almonds, pumpkins, and wheat germ oil. Two common forms of vitamin E are tocopherols and tocotrienols – both of which are often added to natural-based hair loss supplements and topicals.
- Fewer than 1% of Americans are deficient in vitamin E.
- One clinical study suggests that vitamin E supplements improve hair loss – albeit in Malaysian patients (where vitamin E deficiencies are more common) who have nondescript hair loss (i.e., not necessarily androgenic alopecia).
- There are conflicting studies linking alopecia areata to vitamin E deficiencies.
- There are safety concerns for long-term use of vitamin E – including an increased association with certain cancers.
- Our experience tracking members is that vitamin E is not an effective hair loss treatment – at least as a mono therapy.