Aminos that boost hair growth
Your body uses amino’s for thousands of functions, but in this article we are going to focus on how your body converts amino’s into keratin. There are 21 amino’s, 9 of which are known as essential which means they cannot be synthesised from food and must be supplemented to assist in faster growing hair.
What slows down hair growth?
As we get older we tend to eat less nutritious foods or unbalanced diets or we experience stress and take medications, and every time we do any of these things we strip the body of amino’s. Picture a tall glass of water (the water representing your amino levels within your body), and now picture the water levels lowering.
Additionally, most women who have children often don’t take post-natal supplements, get very little sleep and also eat very poorly for the first 2 years after giving birth, and as a result see a visible difference in their hair, skin and nails.
Collagen and hair growth explained
It is usually at this point that we rush to the nearest pharmacy and grab a tub of collagen and 1500mcg jar of Biotin which are both great, but no matter how many thousands of milligrams of Biotin and collagen you take, if you don’t adopt a holistic approach including supplementing specific minerals to assist in the breaking down and synthesising of collagen; we are back where we started.
Collagen contains 19 amino acids, with a particularly high content of hydroxyproline, glycine, and proline. The abundance of hydroxyproline is noteworthy because this amino acid isn’t found in other proteins. However, collagen has long been considered an inferior protein because it lacks tryptophan, one of the nine essential amino acids. In order for collagen to work in the body, you would also need to supplement tryptophan to help your body break this amino down.
The body can’t absorb collagen in whole form; rather, the protein must be broken down (this is the role of Biotin) before it can be converted into keratin. And to increase collagen’s bioavailability, collagen supplements typically are hydrolysed, meaning that collagen’s long amino acid chains are broken down via a chemical or enzymatic process into peptides resulting in just two or three amino acids strung together.
Additionally, when we supplement collagen it doesn’t mean the body is going to use it for your hair, skin and nails either. Collagen (aka incomplete proteins and aminos that the body must still break down) are used for a wide array of functions in the body, and the body will always prioritise health and cellular functionality over wrinkle reduction longer hair.
It is also very important to note that specific minerals such as Vitamin B, C, D and E as well as minerals such as copper, potassium, zinc and magnesium are vital in the synthesising (breaking down) of amino’s in the body.
A prescriptive approach to hair growth
A trichologist is a hair specialist who understands the symbiotic holistic nature of hair growth through internal supplementation, topical solutions and healthy lifestyle habits. A trichologist will carefully select a unique blend of vitamins, minerals and amino’s that work together to boost hair growth and prescribe this to his or her patients along with topical solutions and lifestyle recommendations.
Quick Grow is a specialised range of products that have been formulated by a trichologist to achieve a daily prescriptive dose of vitamins, minerals and amino’s delivered orally and topically that work together to increase keratin production.
When our ‘metaphoric’ glass is full, your body achieves what we refer to as an excess of amino’s, which your body is happy to use for non-essential functions such as hair, skin and nail production.
Our entire brand ethos is based on this holistic approach and built on the understanding that when a healthy environment is created on the scalp, and a surplus of carefully selected amino’s, vitamins and minerals are supplemented, up to 3 times faster growing hair is achieved (our recorded average).
Here are the 8 Aminos that are directly linked to increased hair growth speed
Here are the 8 amino’s that are directly linked to improving and speeding up hair growth;
A German research study from 2000 examined the role of L-cysteine in hair loss and hair regrowth. Dermatologists linked L-cysteine to promotion of natural hair growth and hair regeneration. So there you have it; L-cysteine benefits are in fact crucial for a healthy growth and for strong and healthy hair.
To manufacture keratin in the hair shaft, you need the sulfur. And methionine is one of four amino acids that contain sulfur (L-Cysteine being the other one). Methionine is also one of only three amino acids that help your body to build creatine, a protein that is necessary for your muscle growth and energy.
L-lysine is also present in the hair’s root, and it is responsible for the shape and volume of the hair. An L-lysine deficiency can cause hair loss, but getting enough of this amino acid can prevent this issue and promote regular hair growth. People can take L-lysine supplements.
L-Tyrosine aids in the production of melanin, which is the pigment that gives us are skin and hair color and it acts as a mild antioxidant. It has been known to reverse graying of the hair. It is also needed for the healthy functioning of the adrenal, thyroid, and pituitary glands.
PROLINE & GLYSINE
Glycine supports hair growth and hair health, as it plays a major role in Keratin metabolism and is a major component of collagen. Proline is formed in the body from L-Glutamate and is mainly present in meat and dairy products. Proline deficiency can cause brittle, dry hair and hair loss.
With regard to our hair, glutamine is important for supplying the hair follicles with energy and sulphur for strong growth. Tyrosine has a direct effect on hair within the amino acid metabolism. The acid promotes the formation of Melanin, which is responsible for the pigmentation and thus the colour of the hair.