Your hair tells a story about your overall well-being. Healthy, shiny hair is one indication of vibrant physical health, while thinning, brittle, dull and lifeless hair tells an entirely different story.
While you may think that your nutrient intake is adequate, the fact is that even suboptimal levels of specific nutrients make a noticeable difference to the health and appearance of your hair and scalp.
In addition, stress, illness and hormone-related metabolic factors impact significantly on hair health. Aging, environmental sensitivities, medications (especially birth control pills) and recreational drug and alcohol use also influence the healthy look and feel of hair.
It may be difficult to determine the exact cause of deteriorating hair health, but one thing is certain: you can improve the health of your hair by improving nutritional intake.
Vitamin D3 – Stimulates Hair Growth
In the last few years, scientists have found that vitamin D3 “dramatically” stimulates hair growth! This “vitamin” is actually a hormone and suddenly became a nutritional superstar when several studies from the American Journal of Clinical Nutrition showed that North Americans were seriously deficient in this health-protective vitamin. One study published in 2001 showed that even while taking a 1000 IU vitamin D supplement, fewer than half of the Canadian participants were getting enough to achieve optimal blood levels. Another study published in the journal Life Sciences (February 2006) concluded that taking vitamin D3 before radiation exposure may protect hair follicles from radiation toxicity and ensuing hair loss.
Vitamin B Complex – Provides A Metabolic Tune-Up
Dr. Bruce Ames, the world’s leading researcher in the field of anti-aging, free radicals and antioxidants, calls the B vitamins, particularly B6, B12 and folic acid, the key to “metabolic harmony and disease prevention.” He refers to their role in optimizing health as a “metabolic tune-up.” His article in the Journal of Nutrition (May 2003) states: “An optimum intake of micronutrients and metabolites, which varies with age and genetic constitution, would tune up metabolism and give a marked increase in health… Approximately 50 different human genetic diseases…can be remedied by feeding high-dose B vitamins…” The entire B complex family is beneficial for healthy hair.
Vitamin B1 helps metabolize protein which gives hair natural luster, volume and good texture.
Vitamin B2 requirements are greatest under stress and stringent dieting. Thinning hair in women can be directly related to low levels of B2.
Vitamin B3 enhances circulation to the scalp and all parts of the body. Good circulation is essential to hair and scalp health.
Vitamin B6 is considered the best nutritional friend of any stressed out, hormonally challenged woman. Researchers in Poland found that this powerful stress buster reduced hair loss in women and generally improved the condition of their hair.
Pantothenic acid (B5) has long been considered an anti-graying agent for hair. Another potent stress fighter, pantothenic acid reduces adrenal stress and exhaustion, known contributors to hair loss.
Vitamin B12 insufficiency is a common cause of prematurely grey hair. Fortunately restoring adequate B12 levels can reverse the graying trend and help return hair to its original colour.
Folic acid (B9) participates in several key biological processes, including the synthesis of DNA, RNA and proteins. It is necessary for DNA replication and repair and is a factor in healthy hair growth. Folic acid supplementation reduces homocysteine levels which are known to accelerate the aging process.
Biotin is essential for healthy metabolism and growth, proper fatty acid synthesis and enzyme production.
Research has also pointed to biotin playing a key role in maintaining healthy hair, minimizing hair loss and prevention of premature graying. Commonly used internally and topically, biotin is a popular nutritional remedy for both hair and skin health.
Selenium – Fights Environmental Damage to Hair
This powerful antioxidant and anti-aging mineral protects against environmental toxicity and is instrumental in thyroid hormone metabolism, both of which impact on hair health and vitality.
Zinc – Prevents or Minimizes Hair Loss
Zinc insufficiencies are not uncommon in North America. Low levels of dietary zinc in humans and animals delay growth and healing. Several animal studies have shown that inadequate zinc intake corresponds to hair loss. The School of Medicine at the University of Miami (July 2000) found a direct correlation to alopecia (hair loss) and zinc deficiency.
Choline & Inositol – Stress Busting Hair Protectors
Choline and inositol are called lipotropic (fat-changing) factors. Working in concert, they act as potent anti-stress nutrients and are thought to keep hair follicles healthy at the cellular level.
Iodine – Your Thyroid Gland’s Best Friend
Iodine is most abundantly found in the thyroid gland where it regulates thyroid hormone production. Low levels of this essential trace element lead to sluggish thyroid gland function and a slowdown of metabolic rate. Hair loss and dry, brittle hair are common indicators of low thyroid function.
PABA – Protects Hair Follicles
PABA is technically not a vitamin, but it acts as an intermediate in the synthesis of folic acid. It may prevent hair loss by protecting hair follicles.
L-Cysteine – Detoxifying Amino Acid Strengthens Hair Structure
L-Cysteine is a detoxifying amino acid that provides potent antioxidant protection to the hair follicle. A study published in the Journal of Biochemical and Molecular Toxicity (2002) reported that a form of cysteine prevented toxin-induced hair loss. Inadequate levels of dietary l-cysteine impede the production of keratin needed for regenerating healthy hair while supplemental cysteine may speed hair growth and increase hair shaft diameter resulting in fuller hair.
L-Methionine – Combats Bad Hair Days
L-methionine deficiency may be the cause of hair that is “brittle, short and sparse” according to Department of Dermatology researchers in Düsseldorf, Germany. Another study from Southern Illinois School of Medicine found this sulfur-containing essential amino acid prevented hair cell loss related to toxicity.
Organic Flax and Safflower Seed Oils – Moisturizing Essential Fatty Acids
Organic flax and safflower seed oils have an internal moisturizing effect that adds shine and lustre to hair. Flaxseed oil is a very rich source of alpha-linolenic acid, which acts as an anti-inflammatory and is especially beneficial for sensitive scalps.
Unbleached Lecithin – A Nutrient Carrier
Unbleached lecithin oil is a source of healthy fat and acts as a natural carrier for the fat-soluble nutrients in this formulation.
Prairie Naturals® Hair-Force synergistically combines 22 natural nutrients recognized for their role in restoring, healing, and nourishing hair. Now you can stimulate maximum hair follicle growth while minimizing hair loss. The combined effect of these vitamins, minerals and nutrient co-factors directly counteracts the hair-damaging negatives caused by stress, illness, hormonal imbalances and other health and environmental concerns.