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Hair loss

Curcumin and Resveratrol for Hair Loss

April 4, 2018

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Both curcumin and resveratrol have been studied extensively for their benefits to human health. Both curcumin and resveratrol have exceptionally powerful antioxidant and anti-inflammatory effects, which may also have the ability to prevent hair loss and give a boost to hair growth.

In this article, I will go over some of the reasons why you should try to get both of these compounds in your diet, and even consider supplementing them as part of your hair loss prevention strategy.

Supplementing resveratrol is the only real way to get significant amounts in your diet because foods and wine contain very little of the compound. Curcumin is a bit easier, but supplements generally offer better absorption than eating turmeric which contains it.

This is a good resveratrol + curcumin supplement that gives you 250 mg of curcumin and 100 mg of resveratrol, as well as other potent antioxidants quercetin and sulforaphane.

What is Curcumin?

Curcumin is primarily found in Turmeric and is responsible for its yellow color. The amount of curcumin you get in turmeric, however, is very small.

Curcumin only makes up around two-percent of turmeric by weight, so in order to get a significant amount of curcumin every day, you need to consume quite a lot of it.

Health benefits associated with curcumin

  • It acts as a powerful anti-inflammatory
  • It suppresses growth factors which are involved in scarring
  • Combats free radical damage
  • Some evidence that it protects against common diseases: diabetes, cardiovascular disease, and cancer

Turmeric has remained an important ingredient in natural medicine and healing, especially in Asia for many hundreds of years.

It’s only in recent years that scientists have uncovered the mechanisms by which it is able to assist the human body in healing.

What is Resveratrol?

Resveratrol shot to fame many years ago after a scientist named David Sinclair helped uncover the molecule and its effects on diseases of aging. The natural phenol that can be found in the skin of grapes, blueberries, Japenese Knotweed, and other plants.

It’s been known for years that consumption of certain types of red wine confers some health benefits, and scientists believed that this might be because of the resveratrol found in the wine.

Health benefits associated with resveratrol

  • Heart disease
  • Cancer
  • Prevent and treatment of neurodegenerative diseases
  • Lifespan extension in animals (recent studies show it only works to reverse the effects of a bad diet in animals)

The resveratrol molecule, although not a silver-bullet that many hoped it to be in slowing down aging, is still an important and interest compound with a set of unique health benefits associated with it.

Best food sources of resveratrol (source)

  1. Red Wine:1.9 mg (average) of trans-resveratrol per liter
  2. Peanuts: 1 cup –  0.01 – 0. 26 mg
  3. Red Grapes 1 cup – 0.24 – 1.25 mg
  4. Cocoa Powder 1 cup 0.28 – 0.46 mg

Red wine is by far the best source of resveratrol, however, you would need to drink a lot of it to get significant amounts of it.

There are supplements available which can provide much higher doses of resveratrol.

How Curcumin and Resveratrol can promote hair growth

Hair loss in humans can be triggered by many different things, and researchers have been gaining a better understanding of the mechanisms behind different causes of hair loss in humans.

Types of hair loss

One of the most common types of hair loss is caused by androgenetic alopecia and is caused by the male hormone DHT. However, this usually just affects men.

Below are the different types of hair loss which can occur in both men and women.

  • Androgenetic alopecia – Usually hereditary hair loss caused by sensitivity to DHT
  • Involutional Alopecia – Hair loss caused by aging
  • Alopecia Areata – Caused by an autoimmune disease and occurs in several forms
  • Anagen Effluvium – Sudden loss of hair usually caused by shock, chemotherapy, hormone change, sudden weight loss
  • Cicatricial Alopecia – A type of hair loss caused by scarring
  • Scalp Folliculitis – Bacterial infection of the hair follicles caused inflammation and hair loss

These are a few of the main causes of hair loss which can occur in men and women. Some of them are reversible, but others can be permanent if not treated in time.

Blocking causes of hair loss

There are many common themes in all of these causes of hair loss: inflammation, free radical damage, elevation of TGF-β, and scarring.

Curcumin: The main effects of curcumin are in its powerful anti-inflammatory effect, regulation of immune system and downregulation of the androgen receptor and reduces the conversion of testosterone into DHT, by decreasing 5-alpha reductase.

It’s basically a natural DHT blocker and acts in a similar way as the popular hair loss drug Propecia, but with far less risk of any potential side effects that you can get from synthetic medications.

Curcumin is also a powerful inhibitor of TGF-beta signaling and therefore is useful in preventing fibrosis or scarring of the hair follicles, which will eventually lead to permanent hair loss.

And finally, curcumin is a wonder compound when it comes to blocking inflammation. The inflammatory process behind hair loss is well understood to be an important factor in its progression.

Curcumin from the herb turmeric is able to inhibit multiple pro-inflammatory cytokines and proteins which are upregulated in hair loss.

Resveratrol: This compound has many beneficial effects such as increased angiogenesis (blood vessel formation) in wound healing, and an anti-angiogenesis effect in tumors. 

As we age, the blood supply and creation of new blood vessels to supply our skin and hair follicles with nutrients decreases. This effect has been shown to be prevented by resveratrol.

Resveratrol has also been found to be beneficial in preventing endothelial dysfunction. And we know that one of the events leading up to the death of hair follicles is a reduction strangulation of blood vessels.  And in this case, you end up with hypoxia (lack of oxygen) and lack of nutrients being delivered to the follicle, and eventual hair loss.

Resveratrol also is able to stimulate SIRT1, which is involved in DNA repair and up-regulation of antioxidant genes in the human cell. Oxidative stress to the hair follicles is one of the mechanisms by which hair follicles are gradually worn down and destroyed over time.

Resveratrol is able to stimulate the production of mitochondria in the cell, thus boosting the energy of the cell and health of the hair follicle.

In summary

The main beneficial effects of taking resveratrol and curcumin together for hair growth are:

  1. Blocking inflammatory mediators and cytokines which are increased during hair loss
  2. Increase resistance against oxidative stress from the formation of free radicals and aging
  3. Reduction of growth factors involved in scarring
  4. Increased blood vessel formation in the skin
  5. Increased cell energy via up-regulation of Sirtuin genes

So do I recommend that you try to get both of these compounds in your diet on a regular basis? Absolutely!

If not just for hair loss prevention and hair-boosting effects, both curcumin and resveratrol have profound beneficial effects on many of the diseases of aging.

For hair loss prevention, try to consume at least one or two foods which contain both of these compounds in your diet on a daily basis. Alternatively, you can also take resveratrol and curcumin supplements, which will provide you with a much higher dose.

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Supplements

Coenzyme Q10 Benefits for Hair Growth

April 1, 2018

Coenzyme Q10 is something that most people probably haven’t heard about before. Even those who are always looking for the best hair growth supplements, shampoos and such, usually don’t know about the benefits of CoQ10 for hair growth hair and hair loss prevention.

I’ve taken CoQ10 supplements on and off for years, maybe that’s just one of the reasons why my hair always grows so thick.

What is CoQ10 anyway?

Coenzyme Q10 is a ubiquinone which is found in all cells in the human body. It’s especially important in cell metabolism and can be found in the mitochondria of cells (think of them as little battery packs that give our cells energy). When CoQ10 levels drop, so does energy levels.

Production of CoQ10 by the body decrease with age and this can lead to many of the symptoms we associate with aging: physical and mental fatigue, pain and muscle cramps, weakened immune, neurological diseases, and weight gain. Secondary to weight gain, you also have the increased risk of diabetes, heart disease, and cancer.

We simply cannot live without CoQ10 and be healthy or have strong healthy hair.

Therefore it’s vital that we make sure our levels of CoQ10 remain high throughout life either by consuming foods high in the nutrient or we supplement it.

Things which can reduce levels of CoQ10

It’s not only aging which depletes our levels, but certain types of medications and drugs can do it also.

The types of medications which can deplete your body of CoQ10 include:

  • Antidiabetic medications
  • Psychotherapeutic drugs
  • Heart medications (statins)

If taking any of these, especially statins (which is very common) you may notice symptoms associated with low CoQ10 like cramping.

Is CoQ10 good for hair growth?

Most of the hair on our head is constantly growing every day, even if we don’t see it. It’s just because of how slow it’s growing, we don’t really notice it until we check back and measure its length a month or two later since the last time we checked.

Since CoQ10 is so vital in energy metabolism, and hair growth is energy intensive (hair follicles are more complex than you realize), it goes to reason that we need to boost energy levels of the cells to keep hair growth strong, just as it is in our youth.

The aging hair

As already mentioned, with age, energy levels drop, and this has an obvious effect on our skin and hair. The first signs of aging are normally in the face, but with hair, it can take a bit longer to see the effects.

This is simply because your hair growth cycle might be anywhere between 2 – 10 years long. Yes – people can grow hair for 10 years if they have the right genetics and have good nutrition.

Older hair becomes thinner, weaker and just overly fragile. Keep hair looking youthful, shiny and manageable as you get older can be a pain. This is why many women (and men) end up cutting it short after they reach a certain age.

But if you want to maintain your long tresses as you age, then it might be worth giving CoQ10 a shot to see if it improves your hair.

CoQ10 study on human hair

In a study published in 2009, researchers looked at the effect of using coenzyme Q10 in shampoo on a group of healthy volunteers who were older than 40 years of age.

Throughout the test, they measured gene expression of hair keratins from the hairs they plucked from the volunteer’s heads to see if the shampoo had any effect on genes involved in hair growth.

They found that just by using the shampoo enriched with CoQ10, genes involved in hair growth were increased. The hair follicles became more active. [1].

This is hardly surprising given the fact that Coenzyme Q10 is crucial for energy metabolism, and declines with age.

Best sources of Coenzyme Q10

There are many different food sources of CoQ10, which will help support healthy hair growth.

  • Strawberries – (1 cup has 0.2 mg)
  • Oranges – (medium orange has 0.3 mg)
  • Cauliflower (1/2 a cup has 0.5)
  • Broccoli – (1/2 a cup has 0.5 mg)
  • Herring – (3 ounces has 2.3 mg)
  • Free-range eggs – (1 medium egg has 0.1 mg)
  • Free-range chicken – (3 ounces cooked chicken has 1.4 mg)
  • Grass-fed beef – (3 ounces cooked beef has 2.6 mg)

Whether you are a vegan like myself, or you are an omnivore, you are able to obtain CoQ10 from your diet if you eat these foods on a consistent basis.

However, getting higher doses of CoQ10 can be difficult and impractical from the diet because it’s only present in very small amounts.

If you want to get a much higher amount of coenzymeQ10, there are high dose which will provide 100 mg or more. See CoQ10 supplements.

Doses as high as 1200 mg per day have been shown to be safe in humans.

Final thoughts

There’s been a lot of discussion over the years about the benefits of CoQ10 on hair growth.

There are many reports in hair loss forums and long hair forums where people have stumbled upon coenzyme Q10 and took it for other health reasons but found that it also improved their hair growth and even (some claim) stopped their hair loss.

On the forum, the person mentions that they were taking a CoQ10 supplement for 5 months and their hair started coming in darker than before. And then later they say that small bald spots were filling in.

Now, it’s always best to take anecdotes with a grain of salt, but given the study above, maybe there is actually something to it. And logically it makes sense, because of the function of CoQ10 (helps with energy) has in the cells of the body.

But there’s more…

CQ10 also has numerous other health benefits associated with it:

  • Improved heart function
  • Increased fertility
  • Youthful skin
  • Increased endurance
  • Cancer prevention
  • Better mental and cognitive function

If you have any questions regarding the use of CoQ10 for hair loss or hair growth whether that be using shampoos or supplements, please feel free to leave a common below.

References

1. Coenzyme Q10 has anti‐aging effects on human hair

https://onlinelibrary.wiley.com/doi/abs/10.1111/j.1468-2494.2008.00451_5.x

 

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Brushes

Best Cruelty Free Vegan Hair Brush

March 5, 2018

I’m a vegan and I also have long hair. So I know how difficult it can be sometimes to find good quality hair products and brushes which are cruelty-free and suitable for vegans. So naturally I can sympathize with you and I thought I’d put in the time to find the best brushes for you, so you don’t have to go searching all over the internet for them.

Choosing a vegan hair brush might not even come across most people’s mind. I mean, it’s easy to assume that there was no animal involved in the creation of the hairbrush, but you’d be wrong. And that okay! We become vegan because of health reasons or we care for the animals.

And for some people, it’s both. I do have nonvegan based products that I bought a long time ago when I wasn’t vegan, or maybe I just didn’t know. But when I can, I do choose vegan hair products if possible.

It’s great that there are a place and a bigger market now for vegetarian and vegan beauty and hair products. Slowly society is putting animals welfare first and that makes me very happy.

Choosing a good quality hair brush is important for those of us with really long hair. It’s not just simply a matter of styling, but investing in a good hairbrush helps maintain your hair and keep it in good shape. It helps distribute oils down the hair, massages the scalp, help take away those pesky tangles and more.

Why choose a vegan hairbrush?

As I already mentioned, most people really don’t think about the products they use as being vegan or not. Our first thought is whether or not there are ingredients in our food which was derived from animals.

There are many reasons why people choose boar bristles over other types. They are able to spread the oils on the hair, so the oil doesn’t stay near the scalp and therefore you may end up washing your hair less often.  Boar brushes are also good for helping reduce the amount of frizz, especially in winter. They are great for all types of hair, including my own thick hair.

Harvesting of boar bristles for hair brushes

When you look at the information on the internet about how the bristles are harvested,  you might think that it’s fine because the animals are looked after very well – even if they are raised and looked after simply to harvest their hair. And that’s all well and good, the animals aren’t killed. But there have been concerns about the way the animals are looked after.

If you’re a really hardcore vegan and you must be vegan with your diet and with your beauty and hair products, then that’s wonderful. I applaud you for your efforts and your compassion towards animals.

I don’t personally judge people too much if they want to use boar bristles for their brush. I think as long as we’re moving in a positive direction, raising awareness and putting our money towards cruelty-free products, we will eventually see a shift in people’s attitudes. It just takes time! But we’ll get there eventually.

And I’m sure that there are many people who work on these farms that really care for the animals and try to treat them with respect. But I think animals should be left alone and as responsible and intelligent human beings, we should find better ways.

Also, let’s not forget that the cost of running these farms can be quite high.

How to choose the best vegan hairbrush

There are a few things to consider when looking for a good hairbrush.

  • What do you need the brush for?  (detangling, styling, creating volume?)
  • What materials is it made out of?
  • Is it the right hair brush for your hair type?

Choosing the right hair brush can make all the difference in how our hair looks and performs.

I’ve gone through many different hair brushes, but my go-to hairbrush is always the classic paddle brush. It feels great when I brush my hair with it and it just simply works well with my long thick hair.

Vegan hair brushes are perfectly capable of being able to suit your needs and get the job done. In fact, in 2018 there is more choice than ever for vegan brushes. Below are three cruelty-free vegan brushes to get you started!

Types of bristles that are vegan

There are different types of bristles on brushes and this is really one of the main ways you can tell whether or not the product has any animal involved at all.

Mexican Agave  (Tampico) – This is a fiber which comes from a cactus plant that grows in the wild and is often used to create brushes because of its ability to hold water. Different types of brushes are created using this material: foot brushes, nails, and body brush mainly.

Sisal – This fiber is from a cactus called agaves and contains fibers which are taken from the leaf of the plant

Coconut fiber –  Derived from the Jute plant in Bangladesh and often used to create many things from ropes, brushes, handbags and more

Nylon – Most people will be familiar with nylon brushes. They are good for different hair types but sometimes can create a bit more static than boar bristles. They are very easy to look after though and easy to clean.


Natural Bamboo Hair Brush Set for Styling

Very nicely packaged brush set which includes two brushes.

  • One classic oval paddle brush
  • One compact narrow brush

Both the paddle and the bristles are entirely made from natural bamboo. So it’s a great choice for those who are vegan and eco-friendly.

Because bamboo has natural antibacterial qualities to it, you don’t have to worry about the overgrowth of bacteria and fungus that could otherwise ruin your hairbrush.

This brush set has a good number of reviews and most people seem to be happy with their purchase.

This one looks like a beautiful gift yourself or a vegan friend.

You can read the reviews here


Vegan Tampico Fiber Hair Brush

Simple brush for the simple vegan.

  • The brush is a small and oval shaped. The bristles on the hairbrush are made out of Tampico plant fibers, and can be used for scrubbing, washing and of course, brushing your hair!
  • The handle and base are made out of Beechwood, which means that it is able to last and so you can get many uses out of it.
  • The brush measure just over 7 inches long and is quite light.

This hair brush is good for everyday use for men and women and one of the cheaper options. Most of the reviews are positive despite its relatively cheap price.

One negative: Some people say that the brush was too harsh for their head.

See reviews and current price here


Detangling Brush by Bella – Made of Nylon Fibers for Wet and Dry Hair

No more tangles. No more screams.

  • The brush is suitable for kids and adults and is made of a high-grade plastic and so it’s durable even if it gets thrown around a bit.
  • Great for styling and blow drying your hair
  • Easy to handle due to the shape of the brush
  • Good for pets too!
  • Brush is waterproof
  • Tested by professionals

This hairbrush is great for all types of hair and helps detangle it with ease. Many people have positive things to say about this hairbrush. It is also made completely with cruelty-free materials.

 See reviews and current price here

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Supplements

Garlic Supplement Benefits For Hair Growth

March 4, 2018

Garlic is a staple in this house. I use garlic in all kinds of dishes and also take garlic supplements every day. Did you know that using garlic supplements may have benefits for faster and stronger hair growth? Garlic may even help prevent hair loss according to one study.

Before you go grabbing out the garlic and try rubbing it on your scalp to help you grow hair. I want to explain to you the reasons why you should be consuming more garlic in your diet and also possibly take a garlic supplement to not only improve your hair growth but also to improve your overall health.

Garlic is amazing, and here are just a few of the reasons why.

garlic for hair growth and hair lossHow garlic may benefit hair growth

Garlic is part of the family of vegetables called Alliums. Garlic contains various sulfur compounds, the one that is most well known for its health benefits is a sulfur compound called allicin.

The problem with using allicin either internally or externally is the fact that it’s not stable and used to be difficult to produce in large quantities.

However, over a decade ago a guy named Dr. Peter Josling – who is a biochemist from the UK – came up with a patented process to stabilize allicin and produce it in very large quantities.

Since that time it has been used in studies and trials for its efficacy in treating a wide range of diseases and health conditions.

1. Garlic helps improve circulation to your scalp hair follicles

Garlic has the ability to open up the blood vessels and significantly increase blood flow to the extremities. This means that by eating raw garlic or taking garlic supplements, your hair will receive more of those important building blocks or nutrients that will help you grow thicker, stronger and healthier hair.

I’ve found that I feel this effect more so from consuming garlic than from taking garlic supplements. Another benefit you’ll get from garlic is the lowering of blood pressure, and this will maintain good blood vessel health.

2. Garlic could help reduce scalp inflammation

Inflammation on the scalp is bad news for healthy hair growth. There are many things which can cause it from dry skin, fungal infections of the scalp, or autoimmune diseases.

Inflammation is also one of the processes which underlie androgenetic alopecia related hair loss. Even a low-level chronic inflammation in the body can speed up things like hair loss.

This is why garlic may be useful in combating hair loss in some people. Garlic is able to block several key proteins and cytokines which promote inflammation and destroy hair follicles.

3. Garlic is a prebiotic and destroys bad bacteria

I’ve been taking probiotics for years, but it was only a few years ago when I came across a study which showed that probiotics can improve hair growth.

It was a specific type of bacteria, but this bacteria was able to modulate the immune system which allowed for thicker and faster hair growth.

Garlic not only acts as a prebiotic, enabling the healthy and friendly bacteria to flourish. But garlic also destroys pathogenic bacteria which can upset the balance of the immune and perhaps even cause hair loss.

It’s important to remember that what affects the body may also affect the hair on your head.

Garlic is an excellent natural anibiotic which can heal the body from within and also used externally on the skin to kill pathogenic bacteria, fungi and lice.

4. Garlic cloves are a good source of nutrients

Hair just like the rest of the body needs a good blood supply and nutrients to come along with it.

Eating six cloves of garlic each day will give you the following:

  • Vitamin B1 – Helps maintain a healthy nervous system (3% of your RDI)
  • Vitamin B6 – Helps with red cell production (13% of your RDI)
  • Vitamin C – Important for collagen /  protein synthesis (7% of your RDI)
  • Selenium –  Important for proper immune function (5% of your RDI)
  • Copper –  Copper helps maintain healthy blood vessels and a deficiency can lead to hair loss (6% of your RDI)

5. Garlic is rich in sulfur compounds

Garlic is a rich source of sulfur-containing compounds which have many different benefits in the body and for your growth.

Sulfur is important in maintaining the structure and strength of collagen and proteins in the body. If you want strong and healthy hair, then consuming garlic which is abundant in sulfur may help.

Garlic contains thiosulfinates like allicin, allyl suinfates,  diallyl sulfides, ajones and more. If you can’t pronounce those, don’t worry! The main thing is that when you consume garlic in its various forms either as garlic oil, garlic extract supplements or chomping on raw garlic, you’ll get plenty of these compounds in your diet.

Growing healthy hair with garlic supplements

Healthy hair starts from the inside first. So then should you consider taking garlic supplements?

In my opinion, the answer is yes. Why you ask?

The reason is that in order to get significant amounts of compounds like allicin in your body, you need to take a good quality garlic supplement like allicin.

Just one capsule which contains 180 mg of allicin is equivalent of about 25 cloves of garlic!  Can you imagine what would happen if you ate 25 cloves of garlic each day? You’d probably smell a little! 🙂

So in order to get around that, you can take one allicin capsule each day and that will provide you with a significant amount of allicin.

This is the garlic supplement which I’ve used for about 8 years.

A little bit of information about Allicin Max

  • Each allicin capsule contains a large dose of allicin – 180 mg
  • Capsules are fine for vegetarians and vegans to take
  • Does not contain any GMO products or artificial flavors
  • Gluten free
  • Contains 90 capsules – so they could last as long as 3 months! Great value.
  • It’s the only garlic supplement on the market which contains stabilized allicin in the capsule

Tips: You can open up the capsules and pour the contents onto food. Would you believe it actually tastes a little like garlic?  Sometimes I’ll pour a few garlic tablets onto some toast with olive oil. Garlic bread! 🙂

You can also use garlic externally on the skin if you have any infections or skin issues. I have found it to be quite effective. Garlic may also be useful in treating scalp conditions like inflammation and head lice.

See more information about allicin here

Topical garlic gel helps treat hair loss

External use of garlic can also be helpful. There are different ways you can achieve this. You can either create your own garlic oil using simple ingredients like olive oil, honey and garlic. Or you can buy garlic creams from alliderm.

One the study I mentioned earlier, researchers looked at the effect of using topical garlic gen and betamethasone valerate cream for the treatment of a condition which causes hair loss called alopecia areata.

Forty patients were in the study with 20 patients in the treatment group and 20 in the placebo group. The results were promising: the patients who also used the garlic gel had a much better response and was statistically significant.

The number of total hair count and terminal hair count was much higher in the group being treated with the garlic hel.

So garlic does seem to help with some causes of hair loss according to this clinical trial.

Conclusion: Does garlic help hair growth?

Garlic has many health benefits and there is reasonable evidence to suggest that by consuming garlic on a regular basis and taking a garlic supplement, it may indeed help you with your hair growth.

I’ve also had a look at many forums on the internet where people were having a positive response to taking garlic supplements to stop their hair from shedding.

Since garlic, a a very healthy food to eat, whether or not it may promote hair growth is personally a bonus for me.

I recommend that you use garlic liberally in your diet. You can take garlic supplements, eat raw and cooked garlic with some of your meals, and also use garlic oil and garlic powder in your diet as well. This will ensure that you get all the beneficial compounds that are found in each, so you won’t miss out.

Happy hair growing! 🙂

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Food and Hair

Drinking Green Tea for Hair Growth

February 28, 2018

Does drinking green tea help promote hair growth?

Before I go into whether or not drinking green tea will help with hair growth or not, I must say that green tea is my favorite drink in the whole world. I started to drink green tea sometime in 2005 and have started my day with my morning cup of green tea almost every day since.

You can get loose tea, powdered tea, regular tea bags. You can get green tea in a variety of flavors even.

It’s likely that by the end of the day, I will have had anywhere between five to ten cups of green tea. It’s not just for the health benefits, but I just really like like.

I like the old Chinese proverb: “it’s better to be without food for three days than without tea for one.”

It was only years later that I discovered the benefits of green tea after coming across news articles and journals. One of the studies I came across indicated that green tea may also help with hair loss and help improve hair growth!

I already have really thick and healthy hair, so maybe green tea was part of the reason for that?

How does green tea help hair growth?

Green tea is rich in polyphenols such as catechins, and give you the health benefits of drinking green tea.

The idea that green tea might help with hair loss came from studies indicating that green tea was able to reduce the conversion of testosterone to the more powerful and hair destroying DHT.

In another study, researchers found that green tea was able to reduce PSA and prostate tumor growth in animal models (tumors grow faster in response to the hormone dihydrotestosterone).

Green tea inhibits 5-alpha reductase

The compound called EGCG inhibits an enzyme called 5-alpha-reductase type 1. In humans, there are two types, so just inhibiting the one enzyme will have some effect, but it won’t completely block the conversion of DHT.

This means that although there is likely to be some benefit in using green tea for hair loss, it won’t be a complete cure by itself. But it could be a useful tool in promoting hair growth and preventing hair loss from androgens.

To enhance the effect of green tea, some studies suggest that adding soy to your diet will enhance the anti-androgen effect.

Green tea inhibits inflammation

Another important way that green tea will help promote hair growth is that it blocks inflammation in the scalp.

Inflammation is a process which is important in the body to heal and regenerate, but it can also destroy tissues hair follicles as well.

There are autoimmune causes of hair loss and other inflammatory conditions that some people develop on their scalp, which will slow down hair growth and even cause severe hair loss in some people.

Green tea is able to regulate the immune system and put the breaks on it when it overreacts, so the inflammatory reaction produced by the body isn’t as strong and therefore there is less damage to the cells and tissues. This will allow the hair follicles to regenerate better and continue to produce hair.

Green tea speeds up cell proliferation

Ex vivo studies have shown that green tea (EGCG) is able to speed up cell proliferation and inhibit apoptosis of normal dermal papilla cells. These play an important role in both the morphogenesis and regeneration of the hair follicle itself.

Researchers hypothesized that the polyphenols in tea were able to increase cell survivability through activation of protein kinase B. It’s a protein which is activated under stress. Tea polyphenols, therefore, toughen up the cell so it can withstand harsher conditions.

In addition to the rate of cell proliferation, they also saw an increase in the ratio of Bcl-2/Bax – which essentially means that or pro-apoptotic signals (cell death signals) were decreased.

Which green tea is best for hair growth?

There are different types of green tea and they can be sourced from different parts of the world.

The quality of the green tea you can get varies greatly, however.

I would recommend that you try to buy Japanese green tea. One of the reasons for this is they’ve shown that it is less contaminated, so it will be healthier for you to drink long term.

When it comes to the type of green tea, you could either choose Sencha green tea or Matcha green tea.

I would recommend you try both and see which one you like. Overall, they are both very healthy beverages!

Which green tea has the most antioxidants?

The concentration and bioavailability of green tea antioxidants can depend on the type of tea and even how you brew it.

In an analysis of sencha and matcha tea, researchers found that per gram of tea leaf, the concentration of the main active polyphenol (EGCG) was 137 times greater in matcha green tea than available from sencha / Chinese green teas.

I personally enjoy both. Sometimes I will have sencha green tea and other times I will go for matcha.

Can you drink too much green tea?

The answer is yes. Green tea, when consumed in moderate amounts, is healthy, but do not consume more than 10 cups a day on a regular basis.

This is still most likely at a safe level, but there have been cases where people have drunk up to 20 cups or more a day or took large doses of green tea supplements and ended up with liver problems. Large doses of green tea are toxic to the liver and should be avoided.

But don’t worry! Green tea is consumed by millions of people every day. The longest lived people on the planet drink green tea, and so not only may green tea help you grow your hair faster, it might also make you live longer and be healthier also!

My tip!

Drinking green tea for faster hair growth is great, but you can make it even better by adding turmeric and ginger. I do this every day to add to the benefits of drinking green tea. By adding these other ingredients, you’ll create a powerful anti-inflammatory drink and enhance the health benefits you get from the tea.

And finally, using vitamins can also help improve hair growth by supplying the nutrients it needs.

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Food and Hair

Benefits of Silica Complex for Hair Growth

February 28, 2018

Silica gained attention a few years ago for its power to improve hair growth and help keep hair looking healthy and feeling great. You’ve probably heard of silicon before, but silica (silicon dioxide) is basically the oxidized form of silicon and it’s present throughout the human body. Actually, silicon is one of the most abundant elements on the Earth!

Although it’s crucial for growth and proper function of the human body, it’s often completely overlooked in just how important it is. Silica is found within various tissues in the body such as the skin, hair, bones, and even has important functions in the immune system where it regulates the function of macrophages – or otherwise known as white blood cells.

Silica for better hair growth

Silica is important in the synthesis of collagen in the body and how protein structures are built. As far back as the 1980s, scientists experimented with using silica to boost collagen synthesis in various cell types. Low levels of silica in the diet can lead to all kinds of problems and cause the body to become frail from impaired wound healing from poor tissue regeneration.

Lack of this important element in the diet can lead to all the signs we associate with aging like thinning hair, fine lines, sagging skin, and brittle nails which break easily.

I actually look at fingernails often to check for signs of deficiencies. Fingernails grow pretty slow but leave a history by the way they grow (or don’t grow) and we can diagnose various vitamin and mineral deficiencies by looking at them. You can supplement vitamins which will cover the basics and help you maintain healthy hair, skin, and nails.

How does silica help?

As already mentioned, silica is important in proper protein or collagen synthesis in the human body. Hair is primarily made up of keratin, a protein. Silica also has an important role in the regulation of the immune system, reducing inflammation and fighting infection.

Another important factor to consider is that as you age, your absorption of silica decreases, and this can have a significant impact over time on the skin and hair follicles.

The evidence

If you’re not already convinced how important silica is for better skin and better hair, then let me introduce you to two studies using silica for hair growth and skin health.

Study one:

In the first study from 2005 which was published in the archives of dermatological research, researchers looked at the effect of orthosilicic acid (the bioavailable form of silicon) on the skin, nails, and hair of women.

After 20 weeks they measured levels of Si in the blood and also did measurements of skin, nail and hair health. What they found was very clear: the women who had been taking 10 mg of Si/per day had less skin roughness, stronger nails, and stronger hair.

Study two:

In the second and more recent study, which was a double-blind, placebo-controlled trial looking at self-perceived hair thinning in women who were taking a supplement contains different extracts, including silica – derived from horsetail.

The results of the study were really impressive: they saw that the number of terminal hairs in the scalp area of women with hair loss increased from 271 at baseline (in the are measured) to 561 after 12 weeks and then at 6 months it was at 609. In the placebo group, women had significantly fewer terminal hairs (256).

Silica was one of the major ingredients in this supplement, but it wasn’t the only one.

Whether or not silica was indeed the main component responsible for the hair regrowth is hard to say, but based on the evidence of its function in the skin and the results from the first study, it’s reasonable to assume that it was an important factor.

Which foods are high in silica?

There are many foods in the diet which contain silica, so I have compiled a list. Take your pick! 🙂

Foods high in Silica

  1. Spinach
  2. Red lentils
  3. Oats
  4. Soybeans
  5. Horsetail
  6. Cereals
  7. Rice
  8. Tap water
  9. Beer
  10. Fruit
  11. Bell peppers
  12. Algae

Foods low in Silica

  1. Dairy products
  2. Animal foods

Silica is abundant in the diet, but some sources are less bioavailable than others. There is quite a large variance in the bioavailability, but many of the foods above listed are able to be absorbed fairly well by the body. Check out some great vegan foods for hair growth.

There’s much debate still on the safety of silicon, but the safe upper limit is thought to be around 700 mg per day for adults. The average intake per day for an adult is around 20-50 mg.

Silica supplement for hair growth?

Based on the amount of silica in the diet already for most people, it’s almost safe to assume that you are already getting enough to maintain good health and good hair.

However, because of the studies above, it appears that in some cases, getting extra silica in the form of supplements, like from ortho-silicic acid, does improve hair growth and hair health. And if you don’t know how fast hair normally grows, see how much it grows in just 6 months here.

The high upper limit of silicon allows one to experiment with silica supplements to test for themselves, without much risk of side effects.

Potential benefits of using silica supplements

  • Better skin
  • Stronger nails
  • Stronger and thicker hair
  • Stronger Bones
  • Improved healing

Potential side effects of using silica supplements

  • Increased urination
  • Reduction in the absorption of bioavailability of other nutrients such as vitamin B1
  • Increased risk of kidney stones in some people

In conclusion

As you can see, silica for hair growth is very important and you need to make sure that you’re getting adequate amounts of it in your diet. Supplements also appear it helps some people who are suffering from various health problems and hair thinning.

Whether or not you should try taking silica for better hair is entirely up to you. It appears to be very safe, and there is little risk of any side effects. The margin of safety is also very high, and so experimenting with using silica supplements might be worth a shot.

I’ve personally never taken silica before specifically for hair growth, but it is contained in a hair supplement that I use, and I also get plenty in my diet as eating primarily fruits, vegetables, nuts, beans etc.

If you’re suffering from hair loss, brittle nails, poor skin, then give silica a shot. It might really help you!

If you’ve already tried using silica for your hair growth, then let me know in the comments how it went and what your results were like!