Take care of your hair and skin
Hair is the fine thread-like strands growing from the skin of humans. Hair is made of a tough protein called keratin. A hair follicle anchors each hair into the skin. The hair bulb forms the base of the hair follicle. In the hair bulb, living cells divide and grow to build the hair shaﬅ. Blood vessels nourish the cells in the hair bulb, delivering hormones that modify hair growth and structure at different times of life
Hair is very much influenced by human health i.e. metabolic processes, work of endocrine and central nervous systems. Fatigue, stress, nervousness or hormone changes may impact hair growth or even colour changes. Strict diets, poor nutritional habits may result in thin hair, discolouration or hair loss and slow growth. Therefore, intake of essential nutrients like biotin, copper, selenium and zinc is important for healthy hair
It is reported that Biotin, Selenium and Zinc help to maintain normal hair condition and Copper contributes to normal hair pigmentation, alongside Vitamin C which helps to protect cells against Oxidative Stress
Biotin is a water-soluble B group vitamin. Research suggests that Biotin could be synthesised by intestinal bacteria. However, it is still controversial if and how much bacterial Biotin can contribute to the body’s requirement for Biotin. Therefore, Biotin must be acquired from food.
Biotin occurs in many foods in very variable amounts. Rich sources are liver, kidney, egg yolk, some vegetables like soybeans, nuts, spinach, mushrooms and lentils, lean meat, fruit, cereals and bread.
Why Biotin is important?
- Biotin contributes to the maintenance of normal hair
- In addition, Biotin contributes to the maintenance of normal skin as well as mucous membranes
- Biotin contributes to normal energy-yielding and macronutrient metabolism
Selenium is found in food of both animal and plant origin. Dietary selenium comes from nuts, cereals and mushrooms. Brazil nuts are the richest dietary source
Why Selenium is important?
- Selenium contributes to the maintenance of normal hair as well
- Selenium contributes to the normal thyroid function and function of the immune system
- Selenium contributes to the protection of cells from oxidative stress
Zinc is a trace element important for normal operation of human body systems and functions
Why is Zinc important?
- Zinc contributes to the maintenance of normal hair as well as skin
- Zinc contributes to normal acid-base metabolism, carbohydrate and macronutrient metabolism, metabolism of fatty acids and of Vitamin A
- Zinc contributes to normal DNA and Protein Synthesis
- Zinc contributes to the protection of cells from Oxidative Stress
Copper is the trace element essential for life. Copper in living organisms, including humans, forms an essential component of many enzymes and proteins. Copper is present in every tissue of the body, but is stored primarily in the liver, with fewer amounts found in the brain, heart, kidney, and muscles
Why copper is important?
- Copper contributes to normal hair as well as skin pigmentation
- Copper contributes to normal energy-yielding metabolism, to normal iron transport in the body
- Copper contributes to the protection of cells from Oxidative Stress
Vitamin C is a water-soluble vitamin. It is a micronutrient essential to humans, primates and guinea pigs, which is synthesised by other mammalian species from glucose and galactose. Major food sources of Vitamin C are plants such as citrus fruits, soﬅ fruits and green vegetables. Animal tissues also contain Vitamin C, with kidney and liver representing good sources
Why Vitamin C is important?
- Vitamin C is an antioxidant, which helps to protect human cells against Oxidative Stress. Free radicals produced in biochemical processes of the body or due to external factors (radiation, pollution) cause Oxidative Stress, which is harmful for all cells. Hair follicles are also sensitive to Oxidative Stress
- Vitamin C contributes to normal collagen formation for the normal function of skin