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The Benefits Of Protein As It Relates To Hair

Not consuming an adequate amount of protein daily, can put hair into the Telogen (resting) phase early, and also cause excessive shedding. A diet with an adequate amount of protein is essential, not only for hair growth but for overall health. Dairy products are the best form of protein, along with Soy, Nuts, Grains. Consuming at least 20% daily caloric intake of protein is vital. Protein is essential to build new cells and hair. Protein consists of Amino Acids.

The five Amino Acids that are essential for hair growth are; Arginine, Cystine, Lysine, Methionine and Homocysteine. Drinking an adequate amount of water daily is essential. Water flushes the body of impurities and toxins. Water is essential to transport nutrients throughout the body. Water is essential to balance enzymes. A minimum of eight glasses of water per day is essential.

Hair is protein (Keratin).  Therefore it is very essential to have a diet rich in protein. Hair cycle consists of three phases.  They are Anagen- (Growth Phase) which can last for 2 to 8 years. Catagen- (Degradation Phase) lasts for approximately 2 to 4 weeks. Telogen(Resting Phase) lasts for approximately 2 to 4 months. Hair will shed at the resting phase. Shedding usually occurs after the Anagen Phase. 10% of hair follicles are usually in the Catagen Phase.

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B- COMPLEX VITAMINS                                  

B-Complex vitamins are essential to create healthy cells in the human body. Especially, those involved in metabolic reactions, skin and circulation. Vitamin B deficiency can lead to hair loss, weak hair, and loss of hair colour. B-Complex Vitamins strengthens hair, acts as a hair and scalp conditioner, and slows down hair loss. PABA (para-aminobenzoic acid) protects the roots of the hair, and help to prevent hair loss. It can also reverse graying, if the cause is a deficiency of PABA or other B vitamins.

Folic Acid is very important to hair growth. B-12 is a very essential nutrient that is found in milk, red meats, fish, poultry and eggs. Biotin is often referred to as Vitamin H. But, Biotin is a part of vitamin B Complex. The primary function of Biotin, is to maintain healthy hemoglobin levels, allowing the body to efficiently transport oxygen to all parts of the body, including the tissues and cells responsible for hair growth. Biotin is proven to grow hair, and Biotin prevents excessive loss of hair. Biotin metabolize fatty acids, fatty acids are valuable for hair growth. Biotin also aids in preventing gray hair. A deficiency in Biotin can produce thinning hair. Folic Acid is Vitamin B-9, and is essential for the body to be able to produce Myelin. Myelin is essential to maintain healthy hair. B-Complex vitamin can minimize hair loss.

Hair can be improved in strength and colour, by having a diet rich with PABA, Biotin, Folic Acid and Panothenic Acid. Inositol is very important for hair growth. A deficiency of Inositol can create baldness. Inositol and Choline works in concert to aid hair growth, and provide proper nutritions of hair cells. Niacin dilates the blood vessels of the scalp, and aids in hair growth. Riboflavin provides oxygen to the tissues of the body, to stimulate hair growth, and helps in preventing loss of hair. Vitamin B-6 prevents hair loss, and helps to maintain healthy hair and scalp.


Disclaimer:  The information provided are general information, is not evaluated by the FDA, and is not intended for medicinal purposes. It is not a substitute for medical care, treatment, or to cure.


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