Wednesday, August 25, 2010
Vitamins Good For The Hair
Hello Freedom lockers, Did you take your vitamins today? Read on...
Vitamin A (Beta Carotene) is essential to hair growth as well as promoting healthy skin, hair and nails. Vitamin A helps produce healthy sebum in the scalp. A deficiency in Vitamin A will cause dry hair and rough skin. Food sources rich in Vitamin A are fish liver oil, meat, milk, cheese, eggs, spinach, broccoli, cabbage, carrots, apricots and peaches
Vitamin C deficiency manifests itself in many ways, but one of the most common ways is dry and brittle hair and skin. Sources of vitamin C are citrus fruits, strawberries, kiwi, cantaloupe, pineapple, tomatoes, and dark green vegetables.
Copper is an essential component of melanin, the pigment in hair and skin. In cases where gray hair is caused by a copper deficiency, taking copper may restore hair to its natural color. Copper is vital for promoting healthy hair growth and a healthy scalp. Copper can help stimulate dormant hair follicles.
B Vitamin Family
The deficiency of B vitamins can lead to hair loss, weak hair and loss of hair color. The B Vitamin Complex may strengthen hair, act as a hair and scalp conditioner, and slow down hair loss. Biotin may even stimulate new hair growth if the hair loss can be traced to a biotin deficiency. Another B vitamin, PABA (para-aminobenzoic acid) may protect hair roots and help prevent hair loss. It can also reverse graying in cases where the cause is a deficiency of PABA or other B vitamins. Vitamin B12 is a naturally occurring essential nutrient that is usually found in milk, red meats, fish, poultry and eggs. Vitamin B12 is essential to the human body’s ability to absorb other nutrients. Biotin has been referred to as Vitamin H. But, Biotin is really a part of the Vitamin B Complex. The primary function of Biotin allows the body to efficiently transport oxygen to the tissues and cells responsible for the growth of hair. Biotin is a proven hair growth vitamin and a preventative to excessive hair loss. It appears to metabolize fatty acids which are a valuable growth factor in numerous processes in the body including the hair. Biotin is also seen as an aid in preventing hair turning grey. Biotin deficiency can be diagnosed by thinning hair, brittle nails and other skin disorders. Folic acid, otherwise known as Vitamin B9, is important to the hair growth process because it aids in the body’s ability to absorb Vitamin B12 and zinc in cells. Folic acid is critical for the body to be able to produce adequate amounts of myelin. Myelin is now known to be critical to the maintenance of healthy nails, skin and hair. While taking B Vitamins will not restore permanently lost hair, proper B vitamin intake may minimize the onset of hair loss in the first place. Deficiency of PABA, Biotin, Folic Acid and Pantothenic Acid appears to affect hair color. In those cases, hair color can normally be restored by getting the proper amounts of these B vitamins. Even if hair color is not restored, the hair can improve in quality and strength. Inositol is also a member of the B vitamin group. In laboratory animals, a diet lacking Inositol produced baldness, but when the vitamin was added to the food of these animals, the hair grew back again. It was also observed that male animals lost hair twice as fast as female animals. The result of this experiment would suggest that males require a higher Inositol intake than females. Pantothenic Acid (B5) also known as Calcium Pantothenate is important to the health of the skin and scalp. Pantothenic acid is necessary for the well being of every body cell and neither carbohydrate nor fat can be changed into energy without it. Megadoses of Vitamin B5 may help with control of acne.
Choline is a B vitamin like nutrient that is helpful in countering the effects of stress. Choline supplements prescribed to balding patients produced significant results to prove choline's worth in hair loss. Inositol, a B complex vitamin has a particular affinity with choline, these two vitamins work together well.
Many people with poor diet, or those on a crash diet experience hair loss. One of the reasons for this hair loss is zinc deficiency in the body. Zinc is an essential mineral, vital for growth and development of all the body’s systems. It is a major part of the synthesis of DNA and RNA and aids in the production and processing of at least 42 vital enzymes in the body. Zinc is responsible for cell production, tissue growth and repair, and the maintenance of the oil-secreting glands of the scalp. It also plays a large role in protein synthesis and collagen formation. For this reason, zinc is important for both hair maintenance and dandruff prevention. Studies show that zinc may protect hair follicles from excess DHT, the main factor in androgenic (male) pattern hair loss. Zinc is often associated with hair regrowth and used to help prevent and treat hair loss. Zinc has been shown to be a potent inhibitor of 5 alpha-reductase activity. Vitamin B6, along with zinc improves this activity. Copper also works along with Zinc. In laboratory tests animals fed with a zinc supplement showed signs of more hair growth, as opposed to loss of hair in animals that were deprived of zinc in their feed. It was discovered that there was a change in the hair protein structure when zinc was deficient in the diet. Severe zinc deficiency in humans has been shown to produce baldness and scalp problems that were reversed when zinc was returned to the diet. Zinc is also believed to boost the immune system, a great side effect. As with other essential nutrients, high stress levels as well as a lack of the nutrient in the diet can cause zinc deficiency.
Silica (Silicon Dioxide)
Studies in the former Soviet Union have shown that silica therapy slowed hair loss. Silicon deficiency has been shown to reduce maintenance of hair, skin and nail cells.
Protein is the major ingredient in hair itself. Your hair is at least 90 percent protein. Other hair supplement systems require you to take several amino acid (bits of protein) capsules throughout the day. While it is possible that you could have a protein deficiency, the average American diet provides plenty of protein. We have included the basic amino acids most people will get the greatest benefit from right in the H2G Growth Supplement. L-Cysteine (amino acid) speeds up hair growth and increases hair shaft diameter resulting in fuller hair. L-Cysteine has been reported to facilitate longer hair growth. We also offer our H2G Hair Strength Supplement. But, we have chosen to not make any separate pills a mandatory part of our hair supplement regimen. By doing this, we are able to accomplish two things. First, we can keep the monthly cost of our regimen low. Treasured Locks H2G Hair Growth Supplement is approximately 1/2 the cost of competing products. Second, because you do not have to take multiple pills during the day, the regimen is easier to stick with. The philosophy of “If a little is good, more is better” does not apply to protein. Even though hair is made of protein, too much protein does not make hair grow even faster. Think of protein as the building block of hair, skin and nails. You need just enough. But, if you have more than your body can use, the excess is just wasted.
Vitamin E is a powerful anti-oxidant that helps increase circulation. Vitamin E increases oxygen uptake, which improves circulation to the scalp. It improves overall health. Since hair health is tied to the immune system, vitamin E is believed to stimulate hair growth by enhancing the immune function.
You may have heard about MSM. It has received a lot of attention as a "super nutrient" over the past few years. MSM is an organic sulfur compound. It is contained naturally in food. MSM is found in most fresh (raw) fruits, green vegetables, milk, meat, seafood and some grains. In its pure form, it is a white, odorless, tasteless powder. However, MSM is volatile. In foods, MSM is often destroyed by over processing. Unless you eat a lot of raw food, it is quite possible that you will not get sufficient quantities of MSM to contribute to your sulfur requirement. The vitamins and amino acids included in our H2G Hair Growth Supplement work with MSM to repair and create healthy cells. MSM is rapidly absorbed into the body (the good news). But, it is rapidly turned over in the body, also (the not so good news). Therefore, it is important to get the right amounts on a very regular basis. Any excess MSM is rapidly eliminated from the body and numerous studies (including long term studies) show no known side effects. MSM has been widely used as a dietary supplement for a long time. The first patents issued for MSM as a dietary supplement were in 1985 and 1986.
Grape Seed Extract
Grape Seed Extract contains flavonoids OPCs, which offer powerful antioxidant protection.The flavonoids in Grape Seed Extract quench free radicals and potentiate other antioxidants like Vitamin E and Vitamin C. One in vitro study showed that the flavonoids in Grape Seed Extract prolonged the life span of Vitamin C by 400 percent Another in vitro study showed that exposing blood vessel linings to pine bark OPCs (similar to Grape Seed Extracts) boosted their vitamin E content by 15 percent.
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