Discover these essential nutrients and amino acids for hair, keeping it looking great as you age.
Many of us notice changes in our hair as we age. Hair can become thinner in men and women, and it can also become more dry and brittle. Try these natural tips to maintain hair thickness and health.
Saw Palmetto is a well-studied herb used extensively for enlarged prostate in men. Saw palmetto is known to block the formation of the hormone DHT that is linked to male pattern baldness. It is generally taken in extract or tincture form.
Licorice also contains a compound that prevents the conversion of testosterone to DHT. Medicinal plant expert James A. Duke recommends that balding men add this herb to their favorite shampoo.
Rosemary is an age-old remedy for healthy hair. Rosemary essential oil is often used, diluted in oil, for nightly scalp massages to increase circulation and stimulate hair growth. An infusion of rosemary can also be used as a rinse after shampooing.
Horsetail has a high silica content and is included in many hair formulas. It’s also sometimes used in the treatment of enlarged prostate. Note: Horsetail should not be combined with regular alcohol consumption.
Nettle is rich in minerals that promote good circulation to the scalp and is used in Europe to help prevent balding. It can be taken as a tea or tincture.
Arginine is an essential amino acid important to hair growth. The body uses it to form nitric oxide, a substance that stimulates hair growth. Arginine also may stimulate growth hormones that help prevent hair loss. It occurs naturally in meat, nuts, eggs, dairy products, wheat germ and, in its highest quantities, in sunflower seeds. It is available in tablet form, but don’t take this in high doses or for prolonged periods. It’s best to consult a physician before taking this amino acid in supplemental doses.
L-Cysteine is a common ingredient in hair formulas on the market. It is an amino acid found in many body proteins and is essential for proper hair growth. L-cysteine can build up in the body to toxic levels so, as with any medication, work with a health practitioner and follow dosage instructions.
B Vitamins, specifically biotin and B6, are included in most of the expensive hair regrowth formulas available in stores. These vitamins are coenzymes involved in the metabolism of proteins, and a deficiency of biotin may cause hair loss. Taking a good multivitamin will ensure that you’re getting enough B vitamins. B6 may also inhibit the creation of DHT.
Oil Massages may help stimulate hair growth. Make sure to use an all-natural oil and never synthetic, petroleum-based oils; castor oil is often recommended for hair growth. Combine the oil with a few drops of essential oils for greater effect. For dry or damaged hair, mix the following oils in 2 tablespoons of oil: 1 drop cedar, 3 drops clary sage, 1 drop geranium, 1 drop lavender and 3 drops rosemary. Massage into your scalp and hair, leave on for 1 hour or longer, then shampoo. For hair loss, use 3 drops cedar, 2 drops clary sage, 2 drops lemon and 3 drops rosemary.
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