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Healthy Hair Basics

Healthy Hair BasicsJacquie Eubanks RN BSN

The condition of one’s hair is often viewed as an outward sign of excellent overall health. Those seeking healthy, more lustrous hair might begin with simple dietary improvements, as sufficient daily intake of macro and micronutrients is necessary to maintain cellular structure and promote hair growth. Unfavorable changes of the hair and scalp can indicate underlying nutrient deficiencies, which can result in dry, dull or thinning hair over time. In addition to nutrient deficiencies, genetics, chronic illnesses, medications, hormonal fluctuations, prolonged stress, advancing age, smoking and excessive alcohol consumption can all affect the health, strength, texture and thickness of hair, as well as the speed of hair growth and the rate of hair loss.

The average human head contains approximately 100,000 hairs and an equal number of hair follicles. Hair follicles cycle through stages that include growth, transition, resting and shedding phases. The growth cycle of a human hair typically lasts two to seven years, which determines the length of one’s hair. Normally, hair grows at the rate of one half inch each month or about six inches yearly. During the shedding phase, it’s common to lose 50 – 100 hairs daily with no visible effects on hair thickness.

Significant increased hair loss, known as excessive hair shedding, is a common often temporary condition. Non-permanent hair shedding can be a result of childbirth, rapid weight loss, extreme dieting, illness accompanied by high fever, a period of high stress or traumatic life event. With the exception of prolonged stress, which can lead to long-term excessive shedding, as the body readjusts, hair will often regain its natural fullness within six to nine months. Women who inherit a genetic predisposition for hair loss will generally experience gradual loss, while men will develop a receding hair line or baldness.

Healthy hair starts at the root, where hair follicles receive oxygen and nutrients. A diet that includes a proper balance of protein, vitamins, minerals, essential fatty acids and antioxidant nutrients can help meet the metabolic requirements of hair follicle cells to nourish and support optimal hair growth and maintain the health of hair and scalp. A nutrient-poor diet is frequently to blame for lack luster, thinning, easily damaged hair. Often undernourished, fast dividing hair cells are non-essential for life making them low priority on nutrient receiving list.

A well-balanced diet can potentially provide essential vitamins, including A, C, D, E, K and B-complex, that support healthy hair growth, as well as hair strength and thickness. A daily high quality multivitamin and mineral supplement can help ensure foundational nutrient needs are met. Supplements specifically formulated to provide the nutrients for healthy hair follicle function can make a noticeable difference in the look, strength and health of hair. Although improvements may not be evident for several months as hair takes time to grow, hair supplements support hair production and thickness, as well as improved hair quality.

Keratin, an insoluble structural protein comprising chains of amino acids, is the main component of hair. Dietary protein provides the essential amino acids required to produce keratin. Insufficient intake of amino acids can cause a reduction in keratin levels and lead to weakness and reduced hair growth. For lustrous, shiny, thriving hair, sufficient daily intake of animal or plant-based proteins is key.

As well, it pays to be prudent about daily hair care. Along with harsh chemical-based hair treatments, dyes and hair products, over-washing, over-styling, blow-drying and flat-ironing can damage and weaken hair, and result in dryness, brittleness, frizziness and breakage. Switching to more natural, nurturing hair care products, washing less frequently and allowing hair to dry naturally when possible can help to restore moisture and prevent breakage. As split ends travel the length of the hair when not regularly trimmed, removing dry split ends every few months helps keep hair healthy and strong as it grows.

Professional Supplement Center offers these and other high quality nutritional supplements in support of optimal health:

Hair ReViveHair ReVive™ by Ridgecrest Herbals®: This popular product provides a unique combination of synergistic vitamins, minerals, botanicals and phytonutrients that aid hair growth and fullness and help reduce daily hair loss. With continued use, these nutrients enhance circulation to the scalp and hair follicles, aid development and renewal of healthy active follicles and provide building blocks for strong, healthy hair. Free of gluten, wheat, dairy, nuts, corn, soy and yeast. Non-GMO formulation.

Hair/Skin/Nails...Hair/Skin/Nails Ultra by Pure Encapsulations®: This hypoallergenic formulation provides optimal levels of nutrients and cofactors that promote and support healthy hair, skin and nails. Specific ingredients support skin hydration and elasticity, supply building blocks for keratin and collagen synthesis and counter oxidative stress with antioxidant nutrients. Gluten free, Non-GMO formulation.

Hair, Skin and Nails...Hair, Skin and Nails Plus by Douglas Laboratories®: This science-based formula offers nutritional support for hair, skin, nails and connective tissue health with a synergistic blend of vitamins, minerals, antioxidants, botanicals and gelatin. Free of wheat gluten, dairy, corn, sodium, starch, yeast and artificial coloring, flavoring and preservatives. Non-GMO formulation.

Hair, Skin and NailsHair, Skin & Nails by Now® Foods: This clinically advanced formula is designed to nutritionally support full lustrous hair, strong nails, skin elasticity and a healthy youthful appearance. Bioavailable ingredients include solubilized keratin, hydrolyzed collagen and hyaluronic acid, as well as vitamins, minerals, antioxidants and biotin. Free of wheat, gluten, milk, eggs, fish, shellfish and tree nuts. Non-GMO formulation.

Skin, Nails HairSkin, Nails & Hair™ by MegaFood®: This farm-to-table supplement provides FoodState™ Nutrients sourced from wholesome food grown in healthy soil by farmers committed to organic and regenerative agriculture. These guaranteed potency, health-promoting compounds support the health of hair, skin and nails with nourishment the body recognizes as whole food. Free of gluten, dairy, soy, glyphosate-residue, herbicides and pesticides. USDA Organic, Non-GMO, Certified Kosher, vegan formulation.

References:
Nutrition and hair. https://www.ncbi.nlm.nih.gov/pubmed/20620758.
The Role of Vitamins and Minerals in Hair Loss: A Review. https://www.ncbi.nlm.nih.gov/pmc/articles/PMC6380979/
Do You Have Hair Loss or Hair Shedding? https://www.aad.org/hair-shedding

NOW® Foods – Featured Brand

NowSusan Brown Health and Wellness Editor

 

 

Owned and operated by the Richard family since 1968, NOW® Foods remains committed to providing affordable science-based, high quality, effective natural supplements and health products. Since their inception, NOW® has met or exceeded natural product manufacturing regulations and operates in full compliance with FDA current Good Manufacturing Practices (cGMPs) introduced in 2007. Raw ingredients sourced worldwide undergo extensive testing in state-of-the-art, in-house analytical laboratories to verify identity, potency and purity, as well as to ensure the absence of adulterants, allergens, pesticides, heavy metals and contaminants. All finished products are inspected and approved by quality control to verify label accuracy and proper manufacturing. NOW® assures that their sourcing and quality checks ensure consistency, safety and efficacy of every product, supporting their commitment to enable people to live healthier lives.

In alignment with their focus on environmental and sustainability initiatives, NOW’s Sparks, Nevada facility is GMP-certified green. As an organic and natural products manufacturer, NOW® is keenly aware of their potential impact on the environment and is committed to the reduction of their own carbon footprint. Through their partnership with the non-profit Conservation Foundation, NOW® helps to promote water conservation and is dedicated to protecting open space, natural land, rivers and watersheds.

To see the full line of products from Now Foods, please visit professional supplementcenter.com

Berry Dophilus Extra...BerryDophilus™ Extra Strength: Formulated for children and adults, BerryDophilus™ chewable tablets provide 10 billion CFU from a blend of 10 clinically validated probiotic bacterial strains. The multiple strains in this product diversify the microbiome, thereby providing support for healthy gastrointestinal and immune function, as well as creating a favorable environment for nutrient absorption. Gluten, wheat, soy, dairy, egg and tree nut free, vegan formulation.

Glutathione 500 mgGlutathione 500 mg: Found and synthesized by every bodily cell and in high concentrations in the heart, muscle tissue and the liver, glutathione is critical for healthy immune and liver detoxification functions. As an antioxidant recycler, glutathione neutralizes free radicals to reduce cellular damage. To enhance glutathione’s liver supportive properties, this formula includes milk thistle extract and alpha lipoic acid. Gluten, wheat, sugar, salt, starch, yeast, soy, milk, egg, shellfish and preservative free. Non-GMO vegan formulation.

Hair, Skin NailsHair, Skin & Nails: This clinically advanced formula provides patented, bioavailable solubilized keratin to support healthy youthful skin, strong flexible nails and full, lustrous hair. Additional supportive ingredients include hydrolyzed collagen and hyaluronic acid, critical nutrients for healthy skin maintenance. Wheat, gluten, milk, egg, fish, shellfish and tree nut free.

L-Theanine PowderL-Theanine Powder: Found naturally in the tea plant, L-theanine is a unique amino acid that supports healthy cognitive and vascular function and promotes relaxation while maintaining alertness. Wheat, gluten, soy, milk, egg, fish, shellfish and tree nut free. Non-GMO vegan formulation.

Vitamin D-3 5000 IUVitamin D-3 5,000 IU: These high potency softgels supply 5,000 IU of highly absorbable vitamin D-3 as cholecalciferol per serving. Adequate vitamin D is necessary for healthy bone maintenance and normal growth and development, as well as brain, immune and nervous system health. Gluten, wheat, soy, milk, yeast, egg, fish and shellfish free. Non-GMO formulation.

Doctor Wilson’s Original Formulations

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Dr. Wilson’s unique dietary supplements are based on decades of careful research and the belief in the healing powers of the human body. These specifically formulated supplements are designed to effectively target imbalances brought about by stress, inadequate nutrition, poor digestion, and diminished immune and endocrine function.  The philosophy behind every formula is to deliver effective and reliable support to the precise areas of the body needed to create optimum health and vitality.

All Doctor Wilson’s supplements incorporate high quality ingredients selected for their demonstrated ability to meet the targeted health need.  Every ingredient is in a bioavailable form and in a proportion that combines optimally with the other ingredients to enhance their usefulness and overall effectiveness.  These formulas comprehensively nourish, support and promote proper functioning of specific biological processes that renew and sustain your health. By working with your body, these supplements encourage the reliable, deep wellbeing that comes from physiological balance and superior nutrition.

Here are 3 of Doctor Wilson’s best selling products:

Super Adrenal Stress...Super Adrenal Stress Formula –  This sustained release, vegetarian formula contains specific forms and ratios of nutrients that enhance energy, support healthy adrenal hormone production, and facilitate other biochemical processes involved in stress without over-stimulating your system.  Super Adrenal Stress Formula makes it as easy as possible for your adrenals to get the nutrients they need to function well.  Every nutrient is delivered in the optimal form and proportion for adrenal use. 

Hair, Skin and Nails...Hair, Skin and Nails Plus Formula –  This formula provides the specific nutrients and other natural factors the body needs to build healthy skin, strong nails and beautiful hair.  Bioavailable forms of these nutrients are combined into a dynamic, balanced supplement that delivers the precise amounts and proportions for optimal absorption to create healthy tissue structure in newly forming skin, hair and nails.  Consistent use of Hair, Skin and Nails Plus Formula™ brings out a difference you can really see and feel within weeks.

Inner HealingInner Healing® is designed to support the integrity of the intestinal lining and provide the nutrients necessary to support the health and function of the complex intestinal system. This synergistic formulation combines wildcrafted botanicals along specific vitamins and minerals to soothe, replenish and heal an inflamed intestinal lining. Inner Healing® provides targeted support for proper digestion, absorption and utilization of nutrients, as well as immune health. For best results, take 2 capsules in the morning and again at bedtime to aid rebuilding and restoring a healthy functioning digestive tract. Gluten, dairy and soy free, vegan formulation.