National Hair Loss Awareness Month Is Here – Here Are Some Ingredients You Should Know About

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As mentioned in one of our previous posts, August is the National Hair Loss Awareness Month. This month was created to help educate the world on the emotional and psychological impacts of hair loss in men and women. So there is no better time than now to talk about how beneficial Nutrafol’s supplement is for you in your search for healthy hair.

Ingredients important for healthy hair

All of Nutrafol’s clinically tested ingredients play an important role in supporting hair health but if we have to narrow it down, it comes down to these…

Black pepper fruit extract

The patented Bio-Perine® in Nutrafol plays an important role in the absorption of bioactive nutrients and supporting hair growth from within. Its active ingredient, piperine, enhances the body’s ability to produce heat and energy, which allows many of the vitamins, minerals and amino acids in Nutrafol to be absorbed and utilized more effectively. It is as the name implies, extracted from the black pepper fruit.

Biotin

Biotin is one of the building blocks of healthy hair growth and it is needed to metabolize fatty acids and amino acids. The rich levels of biotin in Nutrafol contribute to stronger hair, as well as combating dryness, and breakage. This vitamin is an essential water-soluble B-complex vitamin that your hair absolutely needs.

Cayenne red pepper fruit extract

The all-natural, hormone-balancing cayenne red pepper fruit extract in Nutrafol is a powerful agent that helps to combat the effects of stress on the hair, increase protein production and improve circulation in the scalp.

Horsetail herb extract

The herb horsetail (Equisetum arvense) contains high levels of silica, one of the planet’s most common and most important elements. Horsetail can increase the tensile strength and thickness of hair and reduces brittleness.

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National Hair Loss Awareness Month – have you taken your supplements to support healthy hair growth?

L-Lysine

The essential amino acid L-Lysine promotes hair health when combined with other amino acids. Lysine has also shown potential to work with methionine, a rich source of the mineral sulfur and the structural support of the follicle.

L-Methionine

L-Methionine is an essential amino acid necessary for hair growth, aiding the development of the hair shaft. It also helps promote overall scalp health and works against graying.

Resveratrol

The antioxidant properties of resveratrol work to defend the follicles and scalp against oxidative stress caused by free radicals. Resveratrol also improves blood circulation, enhancing the development, growth and overall quality of hair follicles.

Selenium

Selenium produces antioxidant enzymes that can defend against damage to cells, including those in hair follicles. It also helps to maintain proper thyroid function, which benefits the immune system and fosters healthy hair growth.

Keratin

Keratin is a naturally occurring protein in the body and a key structural component of hair. It comprises Cynatine HNS Keratin, the patented form of the ingredient in Nutrafol. Highly bioavailable, with an ability to protect and repair damaged hair (as well as nails and skin).

Zinc

The mineral zinc is vital to the body, playing a key role in more than 300 metabolic functions, including cell reproduction, protein utilization and maintaining hormonal balance. It is essential for collagen production and it is also a powerful antioxidant. Zinc helps wounds to heal and to strengthen the glands attached to hair follicles.

Resveratrol benefits that will help you with unhealthy hair

Reservstol benefits

Nutrafol recently covered topics such as “What is resveratrol?” and what nutrients contain the substance. So, it should come as no surprise that the next article our resveratrol series is about resveratrol’s benefits.

What are the benefits of resveratrol?

In a previous article, we discussed that for people experiencing hair loss associated with aging, using resveratrol supplements can help. But how exactly does this work?

A study made 2011 in Archives of Biochemistry & Biophysics found that resveratrol was shown to have many therapeutic effects on diseases and disorders. This including those diseases of the skin.
Resveratrols function when it comes to the skin is that it helps to protect it. It protects skin from damage and shows promise in addressing issues related to skin aging. Which is why resveratrol is so wittily referred to as the pharmaceutical fountain of youth.

Now, you may wonder what all this jabbing about skin and skin diseases have to do with resveratrol and hair. You see, hair follicles are located within the dermis, one layer of the organ that is your… that is right, your skin.

So overall poor health of the skin will impact the ability of the hair follicle to function normally. A condition that can lead to thinning hair or even hair loss. The role resveratrol plays in promoting healthy skin is one of the contributions it makes in the body’s ability to grow hair

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Did you know that one of the benefits of resveratrol is that it can help maintain healthy hair? So make sure to take supplements with this substance.

And another study…

…released in 2013 made by the Oxford Journal studied the link between resveratrol and improvements in cardiometabolic health. One of many resveratrol benefits that this study did highlight was the potential for improved endothelial function. Endothelial, you may ask? Endothelial function. You see, suffering from an endothelial dysfunction, may have serious effects on your wellness. Meaning that this could cause reduced blood flow to the hair follicles. Which can lead to a reduction in its ability to stimulate continued growth of the hair. And we all know that blood flow to the hair follicles is incredibly important for the survival of the hair.

 

 

Wrapping it up

The resveratrol benefits are…

  • Improves overall cardiovascular health, which promotes full body wellness
  • Reduces the effect of age-related issues which includes age-related hair issues
  • Improves overall health and reduces effects of underlying issues related to unhealthy hair
  • Improves endothelial function which can help promote blood flow to the hair follicles which is important if you want your hair to grow

Photo: healthmindandkat via Flickr.

Try this resveratrol boosting smoothie for healthy hair

In a previous post, Nutrafol mentioned the importance of taking resveratrol supplements, but there are also other ways to increase your intake. And those are….

…eating well

Supplements are a great resveratrol source but it does not mean that you need to limit yourself to only that. Ingesting resveratrol through your diet is a great way to complement those supplements.

Although you can take it as a supplement, it is also possible to make some dietary changes in order to increase the amount of resveratrol ingested through food. And the best part? The foods that contain this little miracle substance happen to be pretty yummy too.

Foods where resveratrol can be found

  • Peanut butter – although it does not contain much of it, peanut butter does have a small amount of resveratrol.
  • Dark chocolate – natural, dark chocolate has a small amount of the substance as well. The higher the cacao percentage, the better it is.
  • Blueberries – natures own little antioxidants, and a significant one. Not only are these little blue berries a good source of antioxidants, they are also a good source of resveratrol.
  • Red grapes – now, it is not the meat itself that carries the substance, it is the skin of red grapes. The substance carries over into wine as well, so none of it is lost.
  • Nuts – Walnuts, cashews, almonds and pistachios are all nuts that are a good source of resveratrol.

So now that you know which nutrients are going to help you increase your resveratrol level, how about blending them all together? So without further ado, this is how you do it.

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Make a smoothie with all the nutrients containing resveratrol and your hair will thank you.

The Ultimate Resveratrol Smoothie

This smoothie is packed with all your favorite resveratrol foods. It is the quickest way to massively boost your levels of resveratrol in a healthy way. Although you might think it is easier to eat a dark chocolate and blueberry cookie, or drink a bottle of red wine to boost your levels, this could be harming your hair in other ways. Let’s stick with the smoothie to be on the safe side. So this is what you need for your smoothie:

  • One scoop of hemp protein
  • 1 large handful of frozen or fresh blueberries
  • 1 handful of frozen or fresh red seedless grapes
  • 2 chunk of high cocoa content chocolate (70% or more)
  • 1 large handful of mixed nuts including cashew nuts
  • Almond milk (if available, if not use bottled water) to desired consistency
  • Bonus points if you have a splash of pumpkin seed oil

Drink the smoothie once a week for a month to top up your resveratrol levels and then have it whenever you feel like it. The pumpkin seed oil is added as an extra bonus because it has been shown to improve hair count.

Photo: Easy Healthy Smoothie via Flickr.

Resveratrol and you – this is what you need to know about the ingredient

As you may know, Nutrafol’s supplement contains the ingredient resveratrol. But what you might not know is what resveratrol is. So let’s start there.

What is resveratrol?

Have you ever heard that one glass of red wine per day is good for you? Yes? Good. Did you ever wonder why it is good for you? The answer is resveratrol. Resveratrol is a substance that naturally occurs in the skin of red grapes as well as other fruits. However, it is a common misconception that red wine is a healthy drink, due to resveratrol content. In reality red wine contains very little, especially if the grapes are machine process, as most are these days.

So yes, a glass of red wine per day is good for you in other terms. But if you are drinking it because of the resveratrol, then you would actually be much better off just eating the grapes.

Dark chocolate is also rich in resveratrol. So next time your sweet tooth kicks in, make sure to buy a chocolate with a decent amount of cacao. The higher percentage, the more volume of resveratrol.

What has been said…

Scientists have been busy lately researching the benefits of resveratrol and much is being discovered about this substance. Findings have shown that it has a wide range of benefits that could actually pave the way for a new generation of highly effective drugs. This substance can help with everything from hair to diabetes to obesity even and in some cases may even combat cancer.

 

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Red wine and dark chocolate are two things that contain resveratrol.

But it all started…

With Michio Takaoka, the discoverer of resveratrol, followed by David Sinclair. It was David that introduced his ground breaking research that showed that resveratrol has many potential pharmaceutical uses. One such area of research has been into its link to a group of enzymes known as sirtuins, which can create proteins that regenerate cells.
Sirtuins are localized within the mitochondria. Mitochondrion are the parts of a cell where cellular respiration and energy production occur, and are associated with the overall health of the organism. Your overall health.

So if the mitochondrion is improved, it can have a variety of benefits on your wellness. And that promotes positive overall physical health.

Resveratrol is also known as a flavonoid, a class of phytochemicals that has been shown to have significant health benefits. Based on resveratrol’s potential to promote overall health, there are significant implications in its ability to help with hair thinning.

How is this possible?

Scientists are studying resveratrol as a potential treatment for diseases such as cancer. It is also being studied for its effectiveness in reducing the effects of aging in humans. When tested on rodents, resveratrol has shown to have a positive impact on age-related diseases.

As more studies continue to suggest the benefits of resveratrol, you may consider adding a supplement that contains resveratrol to your diet to support your health and your hair.

 

Photos: Stefano Mortellaro via Flickr.

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