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.

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.

Vitamin C For Hair Health and Avoiding Excess Hair Loss

Vitamin C for hair

Vitamin C, or ascorbic acid, is a water-soluble vitamin that is only stored in the body for a short period of time and supports hair growth. It has immense benefits on your overall health, including helping in the collagen production that strengthens and maintains elasticity to our skin, bones, blood vessels, muscles and teeth, healing of wounds, and enhancing the growth of healthy hair. Let’s take a look at the different mechanisms through which Vitamin C helps in maintaining our hair overall.

This is How Vitamin C Promotes Hair Growth

Works as an Antioxidant

Our body actively produces free radicals while metabolizing food into energy. These free radicals are harmful and damage hair follicles – increasing hair loss. Vitamin C is provided with anti-oxidant properties so that it stops free radical formation in the body. Thereby, it reduces hair loss and improves our overall hair health. That’s why getting extra Vitamin C for your hair might be a good idea.

Effect on Androgens or Sex Hormones

Hair loss is directly affected by the circulating androgens – sex hormones – in the blood. Having high levels of the male hormone Dihydrotestosterone (DHT) immensely increases hair loss. DHT binds to the papilla cells of the skin – cells that are responsible for the transportation of nutrients to the hair follicles. When bonded with DHT, the papilla cells can’t provide nutrition to the hair follicles, slowing down hair production and regrowth. Sufficient Vitamin C reduces the formation of DHT, which brings on great improvement in hair growth.

During a scientific study conducted at the Kyungpook National University in Korea, scientists wanted to find out why vitamin C is so important for hair growth.

They had found out that DHT activates the production of DKK-1 protein – commonly known as “the baldness protein” since it is present in huge quantities in the skin of balding people. The researchers observed a drop in the production of hair papilla cells with rising levels of DKK-1 protein. This deficiency of papilla cells in turn led to a weakening of the cells, synthesizing the outermost sheath of hair strands and eventually they stopped functioning all together. This brought on increased hair loss and no hair growth.

However, when the scientists treated the papilla cells of balding men with Vitamin C, the DKK-1 protein production completely stopped, reversing hair loss in the balding persons. Additionally, Vitamin C also increased the production of an important growth factor in the papilla cells, which further increased the hair growth and hair regeneration.


Helps in Creating Collagen

Vitamin C is actually essential for the production of collagen in the body. The amino acid responsible for skin rejuvenation, strengthening our bones, teeth and making our hair beautiful and strong.

Vitamin C for hair
Strawberries, blueberries and kiwi are rich in Vitamin C, which is an important factor for keeping your hair beautiful. Why not add them all to a refreshing desert or smoothie.

Daily Dietary Intake and Food Sources

You can find Vitamin C in many everyday food items such as spinach, cauliflower, turnip greens, tomatoes, citrus fruits, blueberries, pineapple, strawberries, papaya, mangoes, and kiwi. It is confirmed by the US Dietary Guidelines that almost 5 to 7 servings of vegetables and fresh fruits on a daily basis ensure sufficient dietary intake of Vitamin C.

Supplements With Vitamin C That Support Healthy Hair Growth

If Vitamin C deficiency can’t be fulfilled via dietary intake, Vitamin C supplements are recommended. Depending on your purpose, there are specialized supplements that contain Vitamin C with other important nutrients. For example, Nutrafol contains Vitamin C as well as a range of ingredients that support healthy hair.
The National Institute of Health suggests that the daily dose of Vitamin C is 90mg for men and 75mg for women.