Most of the hair problems are caused due to certain deficiencies in our diet. DHT is recognized as a major contribution factor in hair loss by both men and women. DHT stands for Dihydrotestosterone which is the resulting product of direct contact between the enzyme 5-alpha-reductase, found in the skin and the scalp, with the hormone testosterone. DHT hair loss is caused by the DHT binding to receptor sites on the scalp and hair follicles which interrupts and interacts with the normal chain of events involved in continual healthy hair growth. To put it another way, DHT hair loss happens when DHT takes over the receptor cell (the cells on the hair follicle that bind to DHT) and sends false signals to the functioning cells responsible for proper hair growth. A diet rich in key nutrients can greatly improve the condition of your hair and in may restore natural hair growth.
Key Ingredients in Hair Rx:
Vitamin AVitamin A is important for over-all good health. It's also beneficial to hair follicles, as it keeps the hair root lubricated.
Vitamin B1,ThiaminThiamin is involved in energy production and carbohydrate and fatty acid metabolism. It is vital for normal development, growth, reproduction, healthy skin and hair, blood production and immune function. Lack of vitamin B1, can slow down circulation to the scalp to the extent that hair may fall out and new hair may grow very slowly.
Riboflavin B 2Riboflavin is required by the body to use oxygen and the metabolism of amino acids, fatty acids, and carbohydrates. Riboflavin is further needed to activate vitamin B6 (pyridoxine), helps to create niacin and assists the adrenal gland. It may be used for red blood cell formation, antibody production, cell respiration, and growth. A shortage of B2 can result in dermatitis, dizziness, hair loss, insomnia, light sensitivity, poor digestion, retarded growth, and slow mental responses have also been reported. Burning feet can also be indicative of a shortage.
Niacin B3Niacin is one of the 8 water soluble B vitamins. Like all B vitamins, niacin helps to metabolize carbohydrates into the blood sugar, glucose, which is then used to produce energy. As well, niacin is also necessary to break down fats and proteins within the body. B complex vitamins (the 8 Bs) play a key role in regulating proper muscle tone along the digestive tract, while also promoting efficient nervous system function and skin, hair, mouth, eyes and liver health. Niacin is now being studied for use in various skin care products as an anti-aging substance, a remedy for acne and possibly as an anti-cancer preventative. Since niacin has a dilating effect on vessels and capillaries it is thought to be increasing circulation to the scalp and stimulating ‘hair growth’.
Vitamin B6 (Pyridoxine)Pyridoxine is one of the most important micronutrients of vitamin B complexes, it functions in our body's metabolism, breaking down of protein into amino acids, metabolize fats adn carbohydrate. Pyridoxine aids in the creation of melanin, which gives our hair its color. It also helps prevent hair loss.
Folic AcidFolic Acid is possibly the most important of all the vitamins for thinning hair, hair loss and preventing loss of hair color. It's also very important for women (especially if pregnant). Folic acid is essential for the synthesis of DNA and RNA, the genetic material of cells. It plays a vital role in the growth and reproduction of all body cells. Folic acid is essential for protein metabolism and is required for the formation of healthy red and white blood cells. Folic acid deficiency affects the growth and repair of all the cells and tissues of the body.
BiotinBiotin is thought to help produce keratin, the building block of hair and nails. It is also thought that is vitamin may prevent graying of hair. However the major benefit of biotin lies in its ability to strengthen hair and nails. This B vitamin is finding its way into a number of natural hair loss products and may be particularly useful in cases of alopecia (partial to complete hair loss) in both men, women and children.
Pantothenic AcidPantothenic Acid is also known as Calcium Pantothenate is considered to be important to the health of the skin and scalp. Pantothenic acid is necessary for the well being of every body cell and neither carbohydrate nor fat can be changed into energy without it. This nutrient is also important for the functioning of the adrenal glands that produce much of the male sex hormones.Volunteers who were feed on a diet deficient of pantothenic acid showed increased vulnerability to infection and adrenal levels dropped, blood pressure also dropped and constipation developed. Animals lacking this nutrient in their diet became grey haired and the follicles started to waste away.
ZincSevere zinc deficiency in humans has been shown to produce baldness and scalp problems that were reversed when zinc was returned to the diet. It was discovered that there was a change in the hair protein structure when zinc was deficient in the diet. Zinc has also been shown to stop hair turning grey. One doctor taking zinc for a year reversed the grey hairs which returned to their original color.
CopperCopper is a trace mineral that is necessary in the production of hemoglobin. Hemoglobin is vital to the process of carrying oxygen to tissues such as the hair, and obviously hair is alive cannot grow without proper oxygen, yet it does not breath as other components of our body do, because the oxygen must get to the shaft of the hair.
Inositol and CholineInositol and Choline work together synergistically, and are responsible for the formation of lecithin in the body. In a book called Hair loss prevention, by Ken Peters and David Stuss the authors reveal that, Inositol, another part of the Vitamin B complex is a cell membrane stabilizer, and an antioxidant that has a protective affect on the hair follicles, perhaps by shielding them from membrane damage caused by oxidized cholesterol in the scalp.
Para-aminobenzoic acid (PABA)PABA as this vitamin is commonly known is one of the lesser known members of the B complex family, has been shown to be an anti-grey hair vitamin. In tests in black animals that were feed with a diet deficient of PABA, they developed grey hair, when the animals were reintroduced to the vitamin, normal hair color was restored. Research on humans with grey hair being given 200mg of PABA after each meal produced results that showed that a study of the hair afterwards resulted in a seventy per cent result of the hair returning to its original color. Other research claims that PABA combined with folic acid also helps restore hair to its original color. Deficiency of PABA, Biotin, Folic Acid and Pantothenic Acid appears to affect hair color. Hair color can normally be restored with a diet rich in the B vitamins and in the few cases where color is not restored the hair will improve in quality and strength of growth.
Vitamin CEveryone has heard of the benefits of vitamin C in preventing colds. But did you know it's also a good vitamin for your hair? Eat lots of citrus fruits, kiwis, strawberries, pineapples, tomatoes, and green and red peppers, and you'll never have a deficiency in this nutrient.
Vitamin EVitamin E is an antioxidant that stimulates the scalp by increasing blood circulation. An increase in blood circulation makes more nutrients available to the hair follicles so they can grow stronger, healthier hair.
L-CystineL-Cystine is the oxidized form of l-cysteine, an amino acid which is a key component of hair.
SilicaSilica is one of the most difficult nutrients vital to hair growth to get in your diet is the trace mineral silica. Silica is a form of silicon and is the second most abundant element in the earth’s crust, second only to oxygen. Silica is vital to the strength of hair, and although it will not necessarily stop hair from falling out from the follicle, it will stop hair breakage. It works by stimulating the cell metabolism and formation, which slows the aging process.
MSM (Methylsulfonoylmethane)MSM is the 3rd largest ingredient found in the human body. MSM is a natural form of organic sulfonyl sulfur compound that is found in the fluid of all living organisms. MSM is quickly becoming known for its role in hair growth. MSM can naturally lengthen your hair’s growth phase.
Ginkgo BilobaGinkgo Biloba fastens blood flow to important peripheral part of human body along with fine capillaries thus directly affecting scalp parts. Blood carries oxygen with it so if there is more blood flow there is automatically more oxygen supply, oxygen brings more nutrients with it and all in all essential vitamins E & A give a new lease of life every time to the scalp.
Saw PalmettoSaw Palmetto has been found to work in fighting benign prostatic disease by lowering levels of DHT, which is a known cause of androgenic alopecia, the medical term for male or female pattern hair loss.
Pygeum africanumPygeum africanum is an evergreen tree growing in the higher elevations of Africa. The extract from its bark is rich in derivatives of natural fatty acids and is used in herbal medications to relieve urinary symptoms caused by benign prostatic hyperplasia (BPH). Although the mechanism of its action is unknown, it is assumed that it could inhibit conversion of the male hormone testosterone to dihydrotestosterone (DHT). DHT happens to be the main cause of BPH (or prostate enlargement) and is also considered the main culprit in causing male as well as female pattern baldness.
Green TeaConsumption of high amounts of green tea increases the amount of sex hormone binding globulin (SHBG) in the bloodstream. SHBG catches testosterone before it can be converted to dihydrotestosterone (DHT). DHT is a hormone that stimulates hair growth during puberty. According to the American Medical Association, however, some men and women have hair follicles that are genetically programmed to respond negatively to DHT later in life. So, reducing the amount of DHT in the bloodstream could help protect hair follicles in people who have DHT-induced baldness.
Grape SeedProanthocyanidins and procyanidins (specifically OPCs, oligomeric proanthocyanidins) are a class of flavonoids found in woody plants. Two common sources of OPCs are grape seeds (Vitis vinifera) and white pine (Pinus maritima, P. pinaster). Procyanidin B-2 and procyanidin B-3, which directly stimulate epithelial cell growth and check the growth-inhibiting effect caused by TGF-beta2. The active compounds found in Grape Seed Extract have been shown to inhibit 5-alpha-reductase (the enzyme that produces DHT), block the androgen receptors and stimulate hair growth.