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Taurine for Hair Growth — the Most Effective Amino Acid for Fighting Hair Loss?

Taurine has received a lot of press recently for it’s powerful anti aging properties. But it’s also very beneficial for hair growth. Take a look at this..

Citrulline for Hair Growth: Does it Do Anything?

As far as I can see there are no published studies demonstrating the effect of topical or oral citrulline on hair growth. However there are several studies that have shown consumption of citrulline increases blood nitric oxide levels, which is thought to increase blood flow. But does it actually work?

Oleanolic Acid for Hair Loss: Increase Scalp IGF-1 and VEGF

Oleanolic Acid is a natural plant extract that seems to increase the growth factors VEGF and IGF-1. These growth factors are very important for hair growth, making this a very interesting plant extract for hair loss.

Bitter Orange (Limonene) for Hair Loss: Increase PGE2 and Reduce Inflammation

I was intrigued to learn that the Nanogen Growth Factor treatment contains Bitter Orange. Upon investigation, I learned that Bitter Orange increases PGE2. Increasing PGE2 in the scalp seems to increase hair growth.

Niacin for hair growth: How this amazing, cheap supplement stimulates hair growth

Niacin is a B vitamin that is not toxic, even at high doses. When consumed in a particular form it causes blood to flush to the skin. We can use this flush to flood the scalp with hair growth nutrients.

MSM (Sulfur) for hair growth: how does it work?

MSM (methylsulfonylmethane) is a colorless chemical compound derived from sulfur, a nutritional mineral which occurs naturally in many types of food and drink. It is also available as a dietary supplement and can be purchased over the counter. Due to the sulfur in its chemical makeup, MSM has a number of health benefits, including anti-inflammatory […]

Cysteine for hair loss prevention and hair growth promotion

Cysteine is a powerful natural antioxidant. It’s also the main component of hair keratin. Studies have shown supplementing with cysteine may increase hair growth. One such study reported “remarkable results with their anagen rate”.

Arginine for Hair Loss

The amino acid arginine may be a powerful tool in the fight against hair loss. Arginine is used by the body to create nitric oxide, which in turn dilates the blood vessels, improving blood circulation. This is a key part of hair loss prevention — in fact, one of the world’s best-selling hair loss treatments — Rogaine (Minoxidil) — is based on the very same premise.

Grape Seed for Hair Growth: How Does It Work?

Grape seeds contain powerful antioxidants and their extracts comprise a family of chemicals known as oligomeric proanthocyanidin complexes. Similar substances are also found in many other plants such as apples (Janowiak and Carson, 2004). Proanthocyanidins convert to procyanidins which possess a stronger anti-oxidative effect (Lourith and Kanlayavattanakul, 2013). Grape seed for hair growth Takahashi et […]

The Link Between Vitamin C and Hair Growth is Crucial

The link between vitamin C and hair growth has been shown in many laboratory studies. In a study by Sung et al., ascorbic acid 2-phosphate, a derivative of Vitamin C, was used to treat patients with androgenic alopecia (2006). The study found that there was “significant growth stimulation” in the cells located in the scalp, […]

Lanolin: An Effective Moisturizing Agent for the Scalp

Lanolin, as described by Black’s Veterinary Dictionary, is the fat found in sheep’s wool, and is widely used in many creams and beauty products (491). However, there have been studies that show a link between lanolin and hair growth is possible. The reason why lanolin has been used in various cosmetic products, including hair products, […]

Vitamin D and hair growth: More important than you thought

Vitamin D has been shown to be very important in activating stem cells in hair follicles and regulating skin biology (Bollag, 2012). There are receptors

Selenium Supplements for Hair Growth

Selenium is a trace element that the human body requires in order to regulate antioxidants, thyroid hormones, and also has a link to human hair and bones (Masumoto et al., 2007). The exact role that Selenium plays in hair growth has yet to be fully understood, but it seems to be linked to its role […]

Ginkgo Biloba for Hair Loss

Limited research suggests that Ginkgo Biloba Extract (GBE) is a possible treatment for hair loss. GBE is reportedly used in three hair products (FDA 2006). Kobayashi et al (1993) conducted a study to determine the effects of GBE in normal, pre-shaven mice. As GBE was shown to promote hair regrowth in these mice, they suggested […]

Vitamin E for Hair Growth: How Does It Work?

Vitamin E has antioxidant properties and is fat-soluble, enabling it to penetrate to a precise site in the cell membrane. These attributes may be important in its function (Packer et al, 1979) for hair growth. A study by Naziroglu and Kokcam (2000) demonstrated an association between oxidative stress and hair loss. They found that patients […]

Argan Oil For Hair Growth: How It Works And How To Use It

Argan oil protects the hair shaft from breakage, allowing hair to lengthen. This was proven in a 2013 experiment. The hair protection capability of argan kernel oil as a hair conditioning agent was investigated in a study conducted by Faria et al (2013) on Caucasian hair post treatment with hair dye. In this experiment, dyed […]

Folic Acid for Hair Loss: Why It’s Used in Hair Loss Supplements

We all lose hair on daily basis, but for some the rate of hair loss does not tally with the rate of hair growth and this results in hair loss. Folic acid is a B vitamin that is needed by the body for the generation of new cells. This vitamin is needed in sufficient quantities […]

Biotin for Hair Growth: A Complete Guide

Biotin rich foods and supplements are frequently cited as an excellent way to improve hair health and increase hair growth. Biotin is not only great for your hair, it’s also extremely beneficial in other areas of health and in fact crucial for some key biological processes in the human body. Increasing your in take of […]

BCAAs for Hair Growth – a Complete Guide

BCAAs (branched chain amino acids) enhance protein synthesis and therefore hair growth – the protein keratin is one of the main “components” that make up the hair shaft. BCAAs are also the main components of the potassium-ion channels in human hair follicles, and it is considered that increasing your BCAA intake may speed up hair […]

Zinc for hair growth: a complete guide

Zinc is similar to magnesium in many respects. Their chemical properties are very much alike, and so is the way they affect the welfare of organisms. Like any other essential mineral, zinc is vital to human bodily functions and zinc deficiency is linked to a number of conditions including depression, fatigue and hair loss. How […]

Iron for Hair Growth: A Complete Guide

Despite the fact that science is still trying to establish a link between anemia and hair thinning/shedding in patients who complain about hair loss, iron deficiency is often linked to poor hair health. Most women will notice hair thinning during their period, which often resolves itself shortly after. Unless hair loss is the sign of […]

MSM for Hair Growth: A Complete Guide

MSM is regularly cited as one of the most important minerals for improving hair health and increasing hair growth. It is found in many of the world’s best hair growth supplements. So, how does it help hair growth and what should you buy to increase your intake of MSM to support healthy hair growth? MSM […]

Silica for Hair Growth: A Complete Guide

Silica is a combination of silicon and oxygen. It is a very interesting mineral frequently found in leafy green vegetables and whole grains. Its amazing benefit is the ability to repair connective tissue by helping replace dysfunctional cells. Connective tissue supports, connects or separates various other types of cells and tissues in our body. A […]

Does zinc help with hair loss?

Zinc is one of the most important minerals your body needs to work properly – only iron is found in a higher concentration among other trace minerals. Your body needs zinc for cell division (and therefore growth), wound healing and to break down carbohydrates. Moreover, zinc fuels your immune system and is essential for fetal […]

Does folic acid help hair growth?

Folic acid is the synthetic version of vitamin B9, also known as folate. According to the Centre for Disease Control and Prevention, both folate and folic acid are essential to fetal development, as they prevent spinal/neurological birth defects such as spina bifida and anencephaly. The human body cannot synthesize vitamin B9 on its own, so […]

Top 5 Benefits of Resveratrol

What is Resveratrol? Resveratrol is a substance that naturally occurs in the skin of red grapes as well as other fruits. It is a common misconception that red wine is a healthy drink, due to Resveratrol content. In reality red wine contains very little, especially if the grapes are machine process, as most are these […]