Just as our bodies need a wide variety of vitamins and minerals to ensure optimal health, there are specific nutrients required to sustain and support
Your Hair Tells a Story About You And Your Overall Health. Let’s Make It a Good One!
It is an important story about your overall health and nutrition.
Healthy, shiny hair is one indication of vibrant physical health, while thinning, brittle, dull and lifeless hair tells an entirely different story.
Although you may feel great physically, the fact is that even suboptimal levels of specific nutritional factors make a noticeable difference to the health and appearance of your hair and scalp. Recent studies have revealed that many North Americans are chronically deficient in several of the major nutrients that promote healthy hair.
In addition to general nutritional status, 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.
What’s not in this hypo-allergenic formulation is important, too. Prairie Naturals Hair Force does not contain artificial preservatives, colours, flavours, hydrogenated fats or oils, trans fats, starch, sweeteners, dairy, wheat, yeast or corn.
Your Hair Loves Hair-Force™, and so does the rest of your body!
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 it suddenly turned into 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.
A very recent study published in the journal Life Sciences (February 2006) concluded that taking vitamin D3 prior to radiation exposure may protect hair follicles from radiation toxicity and ensuring hair loss. This is good news for those individuals undergoing radiation treatment.
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 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. They are interdependent, working synergistically to maintain a healthy metabolism and combat the effects of stress.
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 for the 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 luster 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.