I regularly get asked how I keep my hair looking healthy and full. Most people don’t believe me when I tell them that I really only do two things consistently and that’s eat a well balanced diet, and take a hair, skin, and nails complex that supplements some of the key things necessary to encourage healthy hair growth. Taking the right vitamins and minerals plays a crucial roll in keeping your hair healthy, in fact poor nutrition can lead to vitamin deficiencies and therefore becomes a major factor in why you may be experiencing hair loss or slow hair growth. Roughly 50% of women and nearly all men go through some level of hair loss throughout their lives and while you may take it for granted while you have it, you’ll wish you hadn’t when you start realizing it’s thinning or gone. While hair growth may seem like a simple process it’s actually quite involved – combining many intrinsic and extrinsic factors including genetics, hormones, and environmental stressors.
These key vitamins can help you slow this complex process down and promote healthy hair growth going forward. I take this instead of having to take all of these separately, not only does it have these four important vitamins but it also helps with skin and nail appearance. I used to use a product at GNC however I realized it was mostly fillers and had very little of the vitamins I actually was looking for. I formulated this product to have more than double the zinc, biotin, pantothenic acid and vitamin c.
Zinc has been used for decades for treating and alleviating hair loss conditions such as alopecia areata. Zinc is beneficial in that it helps promote the health of your hair follicles. Zinc accelerates hair follicle recovery and serves as a-co factor for enzymes. A cofactor provides an essential chemical component for an enzyme to function properly.
Biotin is beneficial for the hair in that it helps rebuild hair shingles that have been damaged from exterior stressors such as over washing, UV damage, smoke, blow drying, and heat treatments. One of the signs of biotin deficiency is hair loss, deficiencies can be caused by many conditions such as smoking, pregnancy, and liver conditions. Hair growth after pregnancy can be slow, causing dry, thinning and brittle hair. Pregnancy causes a biotin deficiency due to biotins roll in the developing fetus. During pregnancy, there are millions of rapidly dividing cells that require biotin for synthesis of essential carboxylases and histone biotinylation (B).
Vitamin B5 helps support the adrenal glands which helps stimulate hair growth. The adrenals are grape size glands in the body located above the kidneys. They produce several key hormones required for the body to operate correctly, these hormones include estrogen, progesterone, and testosterone. These three hormones play important roles in influencing hair growth. A study published in 2011 by the British Association of Dermatologists (A) examined the effect of using a topical leave on treatment with panthenol as they main ingredient. Panthenol is the alcohol analog of pantothenic acid. The study concluded that after treatment with this topical form of pantothenic acid that it increased the diameter of existing terminal scalp fibers. In addition it was able to increase the thickness and pliability of the hair fibers thus making hair stronger and healthier – able to withstand more stress and force without breaking.
Oxidative stress is one of the key factors in aging, free radicals are highly reactive and can damage cellular cells and DNA. As we age we’re exposed to more and more stressors, reactive free radicals increase and therefore we do more damage to our body and appearance. Vitamin C works as an antioxidant that helps fight this oxidative stress. (C)
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