Prenatal Vitamins? Unlikely hair tip…


Her luscious locks and glowing skin are a thing of envy.

Now, actress Mindy Kaling has revealed that her beauty secret lies in prenatal vitamins.

The Office star, 32, writes that her hair stylist, Jen Atkin – who is also responsible for actress Sofia Vergara’s coiffure – recently presented her with a bottle of the specially-formulated pregnancy supplement.

Miss Kaling – who is not expecting – writes on her blog, The Concerns of Mindy Kaling, that the formula ‘will not only scare your boyfriend… it will make your hair grow faster, thicker, and keep your skin glow-y and smooth.

‘At least that’s what it’s done for me, and I’ve not even been using them that long.’


She isn’t the only celebrity who has publicly endorsed the supplements.

In a 2006 interview, Gwyneth Paltrow told Harper’s Bazaar: ‘It doesn’t matter if you’re pregnant or not, I swear to God.

‘I have double-processed blonde hair, and it’s not damaged – those vitamins, they’re the trick! They make my hair grow thick, long, and healthy when I take them.’

Prenatal vitamins tend to contain higher levels of iron, folic acid, calcium and biotin than everyday vitamin formulations.

Biotin, in particular, is said to promote healthy hair, nails and eyes and is found in high levels in many vegetables, berries, goat and cow’s milk, almonds, eggs and halibut.

Silver bullet? As helpful as they may be, supplement users should be aware of possible side-effects spoke with dermatologist Dr Elizabeth Hale, from the Laser and Skin Surgery Center of New York.

She told the site: ‘A prenatal vitamin is fairly comparable to a regular vitamin, but the extra iron may help women who are slightly anemic.

‘Anemia is a common cause of hair loss in women, and it is especially common in women who don’t eat red meat, or women who get heavy periods.

‘Taking a biotin supplement is a good idea to promote healthy hair and nail growth.’

While it’s doubtful that prenatal vitamins would cause any harm – many women take them for long periods in the run up to and during pregnancy, of course – experts warn that the trick may be no silver bullet.

According to the fashion site, Mayo Clinic experts warn that too much iron can be problem if you are not expecting.

And said: ‘Too much iron over long periods of time can cause damage to vital organs like the heart and liver and can even lead to arthritis if the iron deposits settle in your joints.’

Alternatively – and to erase any doubt as to their safety whatsoever – Miss Kaling could simply try upping her almond and halibut quotient.

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