More About Hair and Proteins

This afternoon, I went shopping for some natural and organic hair products and learn a few things about hair and proteins from the store owner.

I did alot with my family and even bought a new apple bottom for a dear friend for Christmas. As I pondered upon the important facts on hair growth and the benefits of protein, I have come to know that protein serves as the major structural component of all cells in the body, and functions as enzymes, in membranes, as transport carriers, and as some hormones. During digestion and absorption dietary proteins are broken down to amino acids which serve as the building blocks for formation of structural proteins and functional compounds of protein such as enzymes and pre cursors of hormones etc. There are 20 amino acids in all which are required for the synthesis of proteins.

A lack of amino acids in a first world country diet is very unusual and for the most part supplements are not required. However, everyone should ensure they have a healthy, balanced diet that provides all the amino acids required. There are many amino acids, but the nine amino acids which are known as essential amino acids must be provided in the diet and are indispensable amino acids which are required for both hair and other functions of the body. The body can make the other 11 amino acids needed to synthesize specific structures from the nine essential amino acids and carbohydrate precursors.

Proteins from animal sources, such as meat, poultry, fish, eggs, milk, cheese, and yogurt, provide all nine indispensable amino acids in adequate amounts and for this reason are considered ìcomplete proteinsî. Proteins from plants, legumes, grains, nuts, seeds, and vegetables tend to be deficient in one or more of the indispensable amino acids and are called ëincomplete proteinsí. Vegetarian and vegan diets may contain enough protein, but people following these diets may not be receiving all the essential amino acids if they do not pay attention to the type of protein they eat. Vegan diets adequate in total protein content can be ‘complete’ by combining sources of incomplete proteins which lack different indispensable amino acids.

In terms of hair fiber production, the most important amino acid is cysteine. Cysteine is the most common amino acid in hair. It is particularly important because it contains sulfur molecules. As part of a keratin protein chain, these sulfur molecules cross link with each other to produce disulfide bonds. These chemical bonds are what gives hair its strength. For this reason the most popular amino acid supplement taken for hair is cysteine.

Treating Hair Loss Problems

Nobody likes to experience hair loss. Hair loss has different levels, starting from hair thinning to barely no hair left at all. Over the decades, I noticed an increase in hair restoration centers opening up and this can indicate that hair loss is becoming a very common problem for both men and women.

Our diet habits and lifestyle can contribute to our hair health. There is a high chance that poor eating or lifestyle habits cause hair thinning. So the natural health doctors will first advice on good diet patterns when treating someone who is losing hair. There are lots of hair loss products in the marketplace and one needs to be careful what these products are made of before purchasing them. As many of these products and treatment do not come cheap, you should be concerned about the possible effects of some oral products to cope with hair loss.

I was checking out Procerin for Male Hair Loss and learned that men tend to suffer from androgenetic alopecia and it is due to high levels of a hormone called dihydrotestosterone (DHT) in their scalp. Procerin blocks DHT without causing side effects that prescription drugs bring. Procerin most benefits younger men between the age of 18-35, and older men whose hair is still growing.

Besides proper treatment, adjusting to a healthy consisting of fresh fruits and vegetables and adding dietary supplements of key vitamins and minerals to their daily diets, hair loss can be treated effectively at initial stages.


Natural Health Remedies for Healthy Hair

It is not uncommon that many of us spend money to protect our skin and health but we tend to neglect our hair health. There are many natural health remedies that aim towards better hair health and that involves a healthy diet and pampering the hair with good massage oi

For beautiful and strong hair, hair oil should be massaged into your scalp and be left overnight. You can also use a steamed towel to cover your hair for half an hour for best results. This gives your hair a shiny and lustrous look. I know of a good friend who goes to sleep with coconut oil on her hair twice a week. As such, she has nice black hair and that good old coconut hair oil therapy seems to slow down the growth of grey hair. In the past, I used to think that my wooden office furniture needs oiling but who knows that my hair does need some tender loving care too!

Massaging your hair and scalp stimulates the blood circulation, which in return helps your hair. The oil protects your hair from the strong and hot sun rays. The oil also gives your hair that extra shine. Some of the most natural health remedies and beneficial oils which are being used for beautiful healthy hair are:

Jojoba Oil – can be used for dry hair as it helps to moisturize your hair properly. It helps to soften your hair and can be used to detangle your hair before shampooing.

Olive Oil – strengthens your hair and nourishes it due to inherent qualities it has. It helps to reduce stress and promotes the idea of healthy hair by providing elasticity to your hair.

Coconut Oil – is one of the oil which helps in the lubrication of the hair. The content in coconut oil like magnesium, potassium, calcium and iron happens to provide the best for your hair. It is very useful for damaged hair due to its ability to strengthen it.