March 21st, 2014

More Evidence For Soy As A Hair Growth Agent

Can something as simple as Soy help reverse both hormonal and autoimmune forms of hair loss? In a word-Yes.

Both dietary Soy and Soy Isoflavones posses properties that help reverse both sking aging and hair loss. In a nutshell: Soy lowers serum DHT, inhibits androgen receptor activity, and, as this recently published shows, elevates Sex Hormone Binding Globulin (SHBG).

There have been several studies published over the years that have established an association between male pattern hair loss and reduced levels of SHBG. This just published study directly reinforces prior studies, which produced identical findings in European males.

These findings have been further supported by the frequently reported hair loss prevention effects of Soy Isoflavones.

Soy May Help Men Protect Against Baldness, Prostate Cancer and Heart Disease

Int J Trichology. 2013 Apr;5(2):69-72. doi: 10.4103/0974-7753.122961.

Hormonal profile in Indian men with premature androgenetic alopecia.

Narad S1, Pande S2, Gupta M1, Chari S1

Abstract

INTRODUCTION:

Alopecia in male is considered as a genetically determined disorder characterized by increased level of local androgen metabolite and increase androgen receptor binding in balding areas. Frequent deviations of hormones from normal values have been reported in men diagnosed with premature androgenetic alopecia (AGA) especially for androgens, gonadotropins and sex hormone binding globulin (SHBG). Different studies in the past have inferred that premature baldness before the age of thirty in males could be considered equivalent to the polycystic ovary syndrome (PCOS) in female.

MATERIALS AND METHODS:

Hormonal profile of 50 men with severe premature balding before 30 years of age were compared with same numbers of age matched controls. The serum concentrations of total testosterone, dehydroepiandrosterone sulfate, luteinizing hormone, follicle stimulating hormone, SHBG, insulin and fasting blood sugar were estimated. Statistical analysis was performed with paired Student’s t-test for cases and controls.

RESULTS:

Decreased levels of SHBG with high free androgen index were found in cases when compared with the controls.

CONCLUSION:

Though altered hormonal profile may coexist in men with premature AGA it can’t be considered as male equivalent to PCOS in female or the metabolic syndrome.

Aging Male. 2010 Jun;13(2):75-81. doi: 10.3109/13685530903440416.

Plant-derived alternative treatments for the aging male: facts and myths.

Wuttke W, Jarry H, Seidlova-Wuttke D.

Author information

• Department of Endocrinology, University Medical Center Goettingen, Germany.

Abstract

Soy- or red clover- derived products containing isoflavones have been amply studied in climacteric and postmenopausal women, and confusing contradicting results have been published. The beneficial effects on climacteric complaints, cholesterol and the development of osteoporosis are marginally at best and there are no uterine and mammary safety studies. In males, however, isoflavones may protect the prostate to make them less prone to develop cancer. Cell biological and animal experimental data support this notion. Clinical data about possible beneficial effects on cholesterol or in the bone are largely missing. Hence, soy or red clover products containing the mild estrogenic isoflavones with a slightly higher affinity to the estrogen receptor of the beta in comparison to the alpha subtype may prove to have some beneficial effects in males.

Using Soy Isoflavones makes perfect sense for anyone interested in improving hair growth. Although there is an almost rabid anti-Soy hysteria for a limited group of individuals, the vast preponderance of published literature points in a profoundly positive direction for human health. If Soy caused even a miniscule fraction of health problems some propose, there would be a wealth of epidemiological data on Soy consuming cultures confirming these claims. The fact is, none of this data exist, and what does exist strongly supports the usage of dietary Soy and Soy Isoflavones. Additionally there other constituents of soy have also demonstrated effects that help explain the health and longevity of Asian populations who consume a great deal of soy in their diet. To recap: Non genetically modified Soy Isoflavones are not only beneficial to human health, they help prevent skin aging and promote hair growth by lowering serum DHT, bind to both androgen and estrogen beta receptors, increase follicular levels of IGF 1,(particularly when combined with capsaicin), facilitate Equol production, and normalize SHBG levels, which are reduced in balding men.

The optimal amount to Soy Isoflavones to facilitate hair growth is an open question. Apparently though, it appears amounts that are readily available via supplementation, are sufficient to produce the desired effects. A mere 15 grams of dietary Soy Protein was enough to produce measurable drops in DHT. Dr Harada utilized 75 mg of Soy Isoflavones (combined with capsaicin) to induce measurable hair growth in his male and female subjects with both androgenetic and autoimmune forms of hair loss.

Our compound, Super Absorbable Soy Isoflavones, contains 135 mg of Soy Isoflavones in addition to Natto (a specialized fermented Soy food) which significantly enhances isoflavone absorption well beyond isoflavones alone. For hair loss, skin aging, and overall health purposes, 1 capsule a day is all that’s required. To ehance these properties further, it is often combined with Mega Green Tea Extract. Green Tea/Soy Combination additional mechanisms that benefit hairloss.


March 21st, 2014

Traditional Chinese Medicine: New Treatment/Prevention for Alopecia Areata, and possibly MPB

Mainstream medicine has no cure or even effective management strategy for those who suffer from autoimmune hair loss, such as Alopecia Areata or Alopecia Universalis. These types of hair loss are cosmetically devastating, and can appear in all ages and genders, including children.

Victims of Autoimmune hair loss are often injected monthly with scalp thinning corticosteroids, along with topical irritants such as Anthralin, with the scant hope that a remission of their hair loss may occur. The vast majority of those afflicted end up having to either shave their heads or opt for wigs. I can recount one particularly difficult situation, where an individual who had a hair transplant procedure was affected by autoimmune hair loss several years later. The randomly patchy hair loss caused most of his donor scars, and some of his recipient areas to be exposed, creating an aesthetic nightmare, that for him has been psychologically insurmountable.

Autoimmune hair loss, when the body actually attacks its own hair follicles, is among the most heart breaking of human conditions. Suicidality is all too often associated with its occurrence.

Associated genetic risk factors include families whose members have had asthma, hay fever, atopic eczema, or other autoimmune diseases such as early-onset diabetes, thyroid disease, rheumatoid arthritis, and lupus.

All autoimmune disorders, including Alopecia Areata, and to some degree Male and Female Pattern Hair Loss, share several common features: An imbalance in the immune system leading to deregulated inflammatory pathways, resulting in abnormally low numbers of inflammation suppressing, or regulatory cells. This causes a massive release of auto-antibodies which attack select tissues, in a process resembling organ rejection. These tissues in turn release a flood of inflammatory cytokines, causing rapid hair loss in targeted follicles.

Spontaneous remission does occasionally occur, however when it does, it typically results in a partial and short term remission, which still leaves a significant amount of ongoing cosmetic damage.

Conventional medical therapy focuses solely on managing and attempting to reduce inflammation, both topically and systemically, with corticosteroids, leaving the majority of patients with horrendous side effects, and an accelerated dermal aging due to skin thinning. Newer biological agents, such as Etanercept and Adalimumab, focus on immunosuppression, which can reduce inflammation as well, but can open the door to new diseases, including cancer. Interestingly, it was found years ago that a drug used to prevent organ rejection after transplants, Cyclosporine, also had hair growth stimulation effects. It’s immune suppressing properties though, preclude its long term use.

Fortunately, from Traditional Chinese Medicine (TCM), there is a plant based, side effect free, health promoting drug, that has been proven to be the most effective treatment to date for a host of autoimmune disorders, including Alopecia Areata. It is the extract from the White Peony Root, and is often prescribed for both MPB and autoimmune hair loss in Tibetan, Indian and Chinese medical systems.

White Peony Root Extract, unlike Western pharmaceutical drugs, has multiple health promoting mechanisms of action, which in addition to its anti-inflammatory effects, includes immuno-modulatory properties that produce a re-balance between inflammatory cells and calming anti-inflammatory cells. This rebalance markedly reduces inflammatory cytokines, and breaks the cycle of ever increasing inflammation. This decrease in inflammatory cytokine levels has been documented in several trials.

In a trial published in the Chinese Journal of Integrative Medicine, orally administered White Peony Root Extract was found to be 68% effective in patients with Alopecia Areata. These results far exceeed the success rate of any treatment for this vexing disease to date.

In addition to being a traditional time tested treatment for Alopecia Areata (where the incidence in China is a small fraction, compared to Western cultures), it has been used successfully in published clinical trials for Psoriasis, Atopic dermatitis, Lupus, Sjogren’s Syndrome, and Rheumatoid Arthritis.

There is also a strong rationale for the use of White Peony Extract as a treatment for MPB. Dr. Peter Proctor M.D., PhD, considered one of the world’s foremost authorities on hair loss treatment, states “Balding begins when male sex hormones do “something” to the scalp hair follicle which causes it to be read as a “foreign body”. Your immune system then mounts an attack on the hair follicle. The main damage in pattern hair loss is immunologically-mediated.” “Organ rejection drugs (e.g., cyclosporin) reverse balding better than antiandrogens. This gives a rough indication of the relative importance of hormonal verses immunological factors in maintaining the balding state.”

Oral White Peony Extract, as mentioned, is typically prescribed in TCM as a treatment for MPB as well.

White Peony Extract works both singularly, and especially well in combination with other components of a hair loss treatment arsenal, such as low temperature processed Emu Oil.

Peony Immune White Peony Root Extract is a standardized Extract of active White Peony compounds that have been shown to both maintain the responsiveness and balance of a properly modulated immune system, and limit the production of hair loss inducing inflammatory cytokines.

Human clinical trials have demonstrated its effectiveness against a host of auto-immune disorders, including Alopecia Areata. Given the emergence of an autoimmune model for MPB, and its traditional use as a hair loss remedy in TCM, there is a clear rationale for its use for MPB as well.

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March 26th, 2013

Emu Oil Regrowth Pictures

Dr. Michael Holick

These featured photos were forwarded to us by one of our e-newsletter subscribers that he said was claimed to be hair re-growth and re-densification along the frontal hair line in response to 1-3 applications of Emu Oil over several months. These photos generally reflect what has been anecdotally described as a seemingly typical response to Emu Oil applied to a receding hairline. Regrowth, stimulated by any treatment typically entails the initial appearance of vellous hair, (peach fuzz) that over the period of several months, becomes terminal hair, (thicker longer, “regular “ hair). Dr. Michael Holick of Boston University found that Emu Oil topically applied, was able to activate regrowth in 80% of hair follicles that were previously dormant.

Emu Oil Regrowth Pictures

Emu Oil, though generally used by itself, is sometimes combined with Extra Virgin Coconut and Castor Oil for hair growth purposes.

Emu Oil can be concurrently used with any existing topical treatment, i.e. Rogaine, Folligen, Dr. Proctor’s Hair Thinning Formula, etc.., and enhance penetration and thus their effectiveness. The best way to use Emu Oil with other topical treatments is to apply your topical treatment of choice firs, followed 5-10 minutes later by a few drops of Emu Oil, which will cause the active ingredients to penetrate through all 7 layers of the dermis, which would normally, even with the most absorbable topical treatments, penetrate to only 3 layers.

Emu Oil, in addition to being a penetration enhancer, is a hair growth stimulant by itself. The exact mechanisms by which this re-growth is stimulated, though not entirely elucidated, is largely thought to be due to its anti-inflammatory properties and ability to stimulate DNA repair.

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L’Oreal’s Oral Hair loss Treatment for Men: Video/Pics

June 5th, 2012

The following newly released video succinctly explains the mechanisms behind Hair Mass for Men (Masa Capilar por Homme), and why it is such an effective oral treatment for male pattern balding. Hair Mass for Men, not available in the United States, is comprised of Beta Sitosterol – 100 mg, Taurine – 150 mg, Green Tea Extract – 140 mg, Grape Seed Extract – 40 mg, and Zinc Gluconate – 10 mg Masa Capilar por Homme sells for $60.00 USD for a one month supply.

L’Oreal’s Hairloss for Men Video

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Japanese Stem Cell Research offers hope for severe, long standing baldness

June 5th, 2012


Researchers in Japan using bioengineered hair follicles were able to grow hair and indefinitely maintain that hair growth in hairless mice, offering a potentially plausible treatment option for those with longstanding, pronounced baldness, seen in the Norwood 5-6 range. While currently available treatment options if comprehensively used, can realistically prevent the progression of hair loss and generate re-growth in those with moderate hair loss, they are generally limited in their ability to grow hair on those who have been slick bald for many years, though it does occasionally occur with sustained, aggressive, combination treatment.

Japanese Stem Cell Research offers hope for severe, long standing baldness


Core Hairloss Treatment Recommendations- Before and After Photos

June 5th, 2012

Following is published photographic evidence of the hair growth stimulating effects of a number of our core treatment recommendations. Even more rapid and more pronounced results are possible when a number of these treatments are simultaneously combined.

TRX2

TRX2 is an oral combination of Carnitine, Branched Chain Amino Acids, Biotin, Niacin, and Potassium.

Mechanism of action – Like oral minoxidil, TRX2 restores Potassium Ion Channel function and membrane potential, functioning as a Minoxidil mimetic.

Additional benefits – Cognitive enhancement, increased muscle anabolism, anxiety reduction, improved cholesterol readings.

TRX2 – Pictures/Videos

TRX2 – How to Implement

TRX2 – Related Articles

L’Oreal’s Hair Mass for Men/Women

Hair Mass for Men is an oral combination of Taurine, Green Tea Extract, Grape Seed Extract, Zinc, and Beta Sitosterol.

Hair Mass for Women is a combination of Taurine, Green Tea, Grape Seed Extract, and Zinc without the addition of Phytosterols.

Mechanisms of Action – Hair Mass prevents and to a large degree resolves existing fibrosis of the affected hair follicles in MPB. Hair mass also counters inflammation, promotes and maintains hair follicle micro-circulation, and reduces 5-alpha reductase activity.

Additional benefits – Cancer prevention, enhanced sports performance, prevents skin sagging and ultraviolet damage.

Video – Men

Video – Women

Pictures – Men

Hair Mass – How to Implement

Hair Mass – Related Articles

Emu Oil

Emu Oil is derived from the thick fat pad on the back of the Emu, an Ostrich-like bird that is indigenous to the Outback of Australia. Oil from Emus that are free range roaming and rendered at low temperatures are is more effective for multiple medicinal uses, including the stimulation of hair growth.

Mechanisms of Action – Emu Oil due to its fatty acid profile and unique ability to penetrate the phospholipid barrier, is the most potent trans-dermal anti-inflammatory available for medical use today. In addition to its anti-inflammatory properties, Emu Oil also mildly inhibits 5-alpha reductase and stimulates DNA repair mechanisms.

Additional benefits – Stimulates collagen production slightly more than Retin A, providing pronounced facial anti-aging effects when topically applied. Regularly used by celebrities like Demi Moore, Charlize Theron, and Catherine Zeta Jones for this purpose.

Emu Oil – Pictures

Emu Oil – How to Implement

Emu Oil – Related Articles

Soy/Capsaicin

The oral combination of Soy Extract with a high concentration of Isoflavones and Capsaicin was shown in both animal and human studies in Japan to have hair growth stimulation effects.

Mechanisms of Action – This combination dramatically increases systemic and dermal levels of Insulin Growth Factor 1 (IGF-1), which are suppressed in scalps of those with MPB. Propecia has also been shown to increase dermal IGF-1. Soy Isoflavones by themselves have been demonstrated to lower serum DHT.

Soy/Capsaicin Pictures

Soy/Capsaicin – How to Implement

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Emu Oil and Hair Regrowth: Critical Factors in Efficacy

March 20th, 2012

The Emu is an Ostrich- like bird that is native to the continent of Australia which has been used by the Aborigines for centuries as a treatment for a variety of different dermatologic disorders. Emu oil itself comes from a thick pad of fat on the back of the bird that was provided by nature to protect the animal from the extreme temperatures of the Australian Outback.

Dr. Michael Hoilck of Boston University found that Emu Oil had a profound stimulatory effect on hair growth in animal models, prompting him to initiate a patent application for its use for that specific purpose. A subsequent study on Emu Oil and hair growth done in England found a cosmetically significant hair growth stimulation effect in humans with Androgenetic Alopecia after 5 months of daily usage. Emu oil and its benefits for skin aging have been recently featured on the Oprah Winfrey show and the Dr. Oz show.

Treatments for Androgenetic Alopecia are generally less effective in the hairline versus the crown. This is well documented to be the case in extensively studied, pharmaceutical treatments like Rogaine, Propecia, and Avodart. As detailed in one of our prior publications, Emu Oil for a variety of reasons, is particularly effective in the frontal hairline, typically stimulating vellous growth, (visible peach fuzz) within a few weeks, which becomes terminal over time with continued application. Emu Oil, though highly effective as a treatment by itself, can be combined with any other topical treatments, i.e. Rogaine, (which we generally don’t recommend), Dr. Proctor’s Advanced Thinning Hair Formula, and Virgin Coconut Oil, to enhance their penetration.

Unfortunately, not all Emu Oil produces hair growth stimulation effects. The hair growth effects of Emu Oil largely depend on two factors, the diet consumed by the Emus, and the amount of heat used in the rendering process.

The following study found “considerable variability” in potency in the commercial oil samples. They further concluded that:

“These studies point to the need for more rigid quality control before considering such a (now proven) traditional medicine as a complementary therapy.”

In the long version of the study itself, it was found that the slight majority of oil samples failed to exhibit significant anti-inflammatory activity, which is the primary mechanism by which it stimulates hair growth.

Emu oil(s): A source of non-toxic transdermal anti-inflammatory agents in aboriginal medicine
M. W. Whitehouse, A. G. Turner, C. K. C. Davis and M. S. Roberts

“The ‘oil’ obtained from emu fat can be a very effective inhibitor of chronic inflammation in rats when applied dermally (with a skin penetration enhancer). Assays for this activity using the adjuvant-induced arthritis model have shown:

i. Considerable variability in potency in the commercial oil samples;

ii. Little or no correlation of activity with colour or linolenic acid content of the oil;

iii. Relative stability of some active oils (to heat, ageing at room temperature);

iv. The bulk of the anti-inflammatory activity was present in a low triglyceride fraction; and

v. Potential arthritis-suppressant/immunoregulant activity of these active fractions.

These studies point to the need for more rigid quality control before considering such a (now proven) traditional medicine as a complementary therapy.

Repeated applications of selected oils did not induce any of the more prominent side-effects associated with NSAIDs (e.g. platelet inhibition, gastrotoxicity) or certain anti-arthritic drugs (proteinuria, leukopenia).”

Comment
Emu Oil should ideally come from birds that are allowed to roam free and graze in a natural environment, foraging on indigenous plants, not the nutrient void, antibiotic laced; grain/corn based commercial feed, given at the vast majority of most Emu Ranches in the U.S. The oil from Emu’s that feed in the wild is much higher in lignans and proanthocyanidins, significantly enhancing its anti-inflammatory and thus hair growth stimulation, effects. It has been established that grass fed beef contains a much higher level of omega 3 fatty acids and antioxidants , compared to the predominantly antibiotic laden, grain fed beef whose fat, due to its proportionally higher omega 6 content, is actually conducive to inflammation. The same holds true for the fat from Emus.

Rendering is a process by which solid fat is turned to liquid, In the U.S., the average temperature for rendering Emu Oil from the fat pad is 90 degrees Celsius, or194 degrees Fahrenheit. In Australia the rendering temperature at select facilities is 104 degrees Fahrenheit, or 40 degrees Celsius. Although Emu Oil is relatively heat resistant, even brief exposure to heat approaching 200 degrees can compromise its efficacy.

There are sound commercial reasons for using higher heats in the rendering process. The higher heats dramatically speed up oil production, and enhance profitability. These higher heats, however, have a negative effect of the anti-inflammatory properties, and thus hair growth stimulation effects of the oil.

Emu ranches have sprung up all over the U.S. in the last 4-8 years. Many sell oil, often in bulk at very cheap prices.

When buying Emu Oil there are no telltale signs that indicate the amount of heat used in rendering and diet consumed by the bird. The oils are visually indistinguishable in this regard. Before using the oil you would be well advised to contact the manufacturer and ask questions about diet and rendering temperatures. If the answers you get are vague i.e. “we use the standard amount of heat”, or even if you are told that the “feed” they are given is “organic,” then keep moving. The standard amount of heat used in the U.S. is high enough to compromise the efficacy of the oil, and “feed,” organic or not, is still corn based, yielding a less than optimal fatty acid profile.

If the oil was produced by American ranchers, then it is in all likelihood rendered at higher temperatures and comes from Emus that not unlike Cattle, are grain fed with anti-biotics.

The Emu Oil made available at MPB Research comes from Australian Ranchers whose Emus are free range roaming, and who slowly render the oil at a low temperature of 104 degrees, Fahrenheit. Our Emu Oil remains one of the most cost effective topical interventions for Androgenetic hair loss, costing most less than $13.50 U.S. a month at a daily usage rate. Our Emu Oil is often concurrently used as a firming, anti-aging facial treatment, due to its documented ability to stimulate DNA repair and collagen production.

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The Best Shampoos for Hair Loss

January 20th, 2011
 It seems counter intuitive that any shampoo could significantly alter the progression of Androgenetic Alopecia (AGA). After all, a shampoo is lathered up and rinsed out, never staying on the scalp more than 5 minutes. Despite the seeming improbability of a benefit, there are shampoos that have a documented effect on their ability to stabilize hair loss and reverse the miniaturization of the hair follicle seen in AGA. Although I would never recommend using a shampoo as a sole intervention for treating hair loss, including the right shampoo in your treatment regime can significantly impact its overall effectiveness. We will review what we consider based on the evidence, to be the most effective shampoos to be integrated in your treatment regime.
1. Revita

  

 

 

 

Revita, the result of years of continuous research at Divine Skin Laboratories, is hands down the best shampoo for Androgenetic hair loss.

      Significantly, Revita is by design, formulated without Sodium Laurel Sulphate,(SLS), a common lathering ingredient in most shampoos concluded by many in the research community to have a destructive effect on the protein structure of the hair. However, based on the documented hair growth effects of Ketoconazole and Piroctone Olamine based shampoos like Nizoral and Folicure, which do contain SLS, it is unlikely that its presence precludes their hair growth benefits. It does seem plausible though, that their hair growth effects would be even more significant without it. Despite the omission of SLS in Revita, it lathers as easily and as well as any shampoo that does include it.

      Revita not only contains Ketoconazole, the active ingredient in Nizoral Shampoo, it also contains a host of other ingredients that have documented support in both the medical literature and patent registries for the treatment of hair loss.

      This cutting edge shampoo maintains the non-balding anagen to telogen ratio of hair growth with a combination of anti-inflammatory, antifungal, antioxidant, and anti-DHT agents that synergize against androgen induced follicular atrophy and miniaturization. Revita also contains ingredients that are pharmacologically considered to be hair growth stimulants.

      For optimal efficacy, DS Laboratories uses a gentle, chemical-free extraction process to preserve the molecular integrity and bioactivity of the active ingredients. Revita is also distinct in this regard.

      Revita contains an ingredient extracted from apples recently discovered for its hair growth benefits in Japan, procyanidin B-2, which has demonstrated through clinical trials to promote growth at the hairline as effectively as extra strength minoxidil does at the vertex.

      Several active ingredients simultaneously function to address the established mechanisms of AGA.: Copper peptide complex counters the age related degenerative processes of skin and hair, that are much accelerated in AGA. Spin traps neutralize free radicals. Ketoconazole, also the active ingredient in Nizoral Shampoo, which is documented to have hair growth effects, reduces irritation, inhibits dht binding to receptor sites, and down-regulates sebum emission. Rooibos stimulates micro-circulation and contributes anti-inflammatory and antioxidant properties.

      Other compounds increase hair shaft diameter: Methylsulfonylmethane is a super nutrient for the skin. Amino acids construct proteins that add tensile strength to hair. Emu oil contributes fatty acids for conditioning and hydration. Biotin is the major B vitamin that is a membrane stabilizer and ameliorates shedding.

      Hair growth stimulation components add to Revita’s effectiveness: Caffeine stimulates growth of the hair follicles. In fact there is a patented and published caffeine based shampoo sold in Germany under the name Alpecin, for the treatment of AGA Carnitine tartrate helps to generate adenosine triphosphate (ATP), the universal currency of bio-energy.

      Besides cleansing the scalp gently, high-performance Revita, unlike Nizoral Shampoo, leaves the hair feeling soft, manageable, and smelling pleasant.

REVITA HELPS TO PREVENT BALDNESS WITH EVIDENCE BASED COMPOUNDS
       Revita appears to work from early-stage baldness prevention through late-stage regrowth treatment. Again, this is because Revita simultaneously combines many highly effective compounds known to preserve and regrow hair.

      These include gentle natural cleansers, plus anti-inflammatory, antifungal, antioxidant, and anti-hormonal agents, as well as compounds for hydration, nutrition, stimulation, and reconstruction.

      Synergy between these leading-edge ingredients means Revita can immediately stave off hair loss and with continual usage, facilitate regrowth. Following are the multiple active ingredients and by link, a summation of the basis for their usage:

  • Apple Polyphenols
  • Copper Peptides
  • Skin Traps
  • Ketoconazole
  • Rooibos
  • Caffeine
  • Carnitine Tartrate
  • Amino Acids
  • Emu Oil
  • Biotin
  • Revita, is unique in that it is the first shampoo that comprehensively addresses the implicated mechanisms of Androgenetic hair loss. Virtually all shampoos on the market contain SLS, which as mentioned, can actually exacerbate problems. DS Laboratories formulated Revita as a breakthrough product, containing high concentrations of documented, evidence based, compounds, formulated with cost as no object. DS Labs occasionally tweaks Revita to keep it as cutting edge as possible.

          The synergistic effects of these ingredients, especially the concurrent usage of Ketoconazole, Apple Polyphenols, and Caffeine, sets Revita light years ahead as a hair loss treatment, amazingly in the form of a shampoo.

    2. Follicure para Caspa

    Folicure para Caspa,(translated-Folicure for dandruff) is a Piroctone Olamine (PO) based anti-dandruff shampoo available over the counter in Europe and Latin America. PO shampoo has been shown to reduce shedding and increase hair shaft diameter in those with Androgenetic hair loss (AGA) even better than Nizoral Shampoo when analyzed in side by side studies. Being that AGA is a progressive miniaturization of hair in the pattern areas, the reversal of this process-actually increasing hair shaft diameter would be considered curative. PO shampoo, compared to Nizoral and Head and Shoulders, was found to be the best at increasing hair shaft diameter. The study detailing these effects can be found here

          PO shampoo has been found to have these effects at a usage rate of 2-3 times a week. Folicure para Caspa is incredibly economical. One bottle costs $24.95 US, and last about a year at that usage rate. For a readily available source of this shampoo, call 1-888-577-4247.

     

     

    3. Nizoral Shampoo

     

    The hair loss prevention benefits of this shampoo were spuriously discovered by the bodybuilding community and steroid users in the 90’s.

          In a nutshell, those who were on cycles of steroids – notorious for creating scalp itching and inflammation, and accelerating Androgenetic hair loss – found that this shampoo substantially reduced, and in some cases eliminated steroid induced hair loss. This effect was detailed by Michael Mooney in several articles on Nizoral and hair loss in Muscle Media 2000. Subsequent studies published in the Medical literature confirmed that its active ingredient, Ketoconazole, effectively counters MPB via several mechanisms, namely the neutralizing of inflammatory cytokines, malesszia yeast, and the inhibiting of dht binding to receptor sites.

          Do not confuse the shampoo with Nizoral tablets, (prescribed for chronic and severe yeast infections) which are so toxic I wouldn’t give them to my dog. Nizoral shampoo has been tested and shows no traces of systemic absorption

          Nizoral , like PO shampoo, is effective at a usage rate of 2-3 times a week. One can optimally rotate Nizoral Shampoo with another hair growth stimulating shampoo, such as Revita, Follicure, or Dr Proctor’s Hair Regrowth Shampoo, none of which require daily usage for therapeutic effect.

    4. Dr. Proctor’s Hair Regrowth Shampoo



    A shampoo developed by Houston based Dr. Peter Proctor, MD, PhD, one of the top reseachers and leading authorities in the world in the treatment of hair loss. He personally holds 7 patents in the area of hair loss treatment, and has developed state of the art comprehensive topical treatments which combine NO up-regulators, vaso-relaxants, hair growth stimulants, and 5 alpha reductase inhibitors.

          This shampoo addresses hair loss from a pure hair growth stimulant mechanism as opposed to an anti-inflammation or anti-DHT mechanism of action. It contains an abundant supply of Pyridine-N-Oxides, which is a vasodilator that has the same core technology as minoxidil, without the documented acute effluvium, (shedding) that is documented to occur with Rogaine upon cessation of usage. Like Nizoral and Folicure, the hair growth benefits of Dr. Proctor’s Hair Regrowth Shampoo occur at a 2-3 times a week usage rate. Due to its unique mechanism of action in regards to hair growth stimulation, it can be rotated with other shampoos for a comprehensive shampoo based treatment effect. The sole usage of this shampoo is enough, in many cases, to halt further progression of MPB, according to Dr. Proctor.

    5. Head and Shoulders

    Yeah, you read that that right!! The same anti-dandruff mainstay that has been around longer that I can remember was shown to actually stimulate hair growth the same amount as minoxidil in one study. Don’t get too excited-to say something grows hair as well as minoxidil isn’t saying a whole lot. Its effects in this regard are likely due to its active ingredient, Zinc Pyrithione’s ability to partially inhibit 5 alpha reductase. In another side by side study, with Ketoconazole and PO shampoos, it reduced shedding and sebum emission. However, unlike the other two, it failed to reverse the progressive miniaturization of hair diameter seen in MPB. Nevertheless, the evidence does suggest that Zinc Pyrithione shampoos do have some benefit to those with MPB, and essentially cost nothing.

          Again, there are shampoos that address several of the underlying mechanisms of AGA, not shampoos that simply add temporary hair shaft volume via coating the hair shaft, such as Biotin, keratin, and Panthenol based shampoos. Many of these volumizing shampoos cleverly imply they help with thinning hair, but don’t do a damn thing for hair loss itself, only temporarily helping with the appearance of thinning hair. That would be a non-issue to us if only it didn’t cause people to inadvertently turn their backs on those shampoos that actually do.

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    Soy Isoflavones for Hair Loss and Skin Aging

    January 19th, 2011

    The mechanisms by which Soy Isoflavone Extract impacts Androgenetic Hair Loss are well established. The singular consumption of Soy lowers DHT by 15%. The COMBINATION of Soy Isoflavones and Green Tea lowers DHT by 80% in animal models, and as discussed in a recent update, confers specific anti-inflammatory benefits on androgen induced inflammation. Soy Isoflavones also facilitate Equol production. Equol is, as you may already know, an anti-androgen that essentially handcuffs DHT, neutralizing its effects. A subset of the Asian population are genetic Equol producers, who not surprisingly, have no MPB. Studies have shown that the sole inclusion of dietary soy or Isoflavones will eventually after several months, turn genetic Equol non-producers into Equol producers.

          Equol production can be rapidly facilitated in genetic non-producers by combining Soy Isoflavones, Green Tea Extract, Sea Vegetables and Pro-biotics, in particular Bacillus Coagulans. It is this very combination that is a patent pending treatment for MPB. According to its producer, Bear Biotech, shedding rapidly subsides with its use in 2-3 weeks.

          The cosmetic benefits of Soy Isoflavone consumption don’t stop there. Recent studies have shown oral Soy Isoflavone consumption stimulates collagen production and firms facial skin. Here is one of the first studies published:

    J Nutr Sci Vitaminol (Tokyo). 2007 Feb;53(1):57-62A double-blind, placebo-controlled trial was conducted to clinically evaluate the effect of soy isoflavone aglycone on the aged skin of middle-aged women. Twenty-six women volunteers in their late 30s and early 40s were randomly assigned to receive either a test food (13 women, the test food group) or a placebo food (13 women, the control group). These groups were given the test food (40 mg of soy isoflavone aglycone per day) and placebo, respectively, for 12 wk. The extent of linear and fine wrinkles at the lateral angle of the eyes was selected as the major evaluation criterion to assess the effects of foods, and the wrinkles’ area ratio was used as the evaluation parameter. The extent of skin microrelief at the lateral angle of eyes and that of malar skin elasticity were used as secondary evaluation criteria, and the skin microrelief’s area ratio and recovery of skin elasticity were used as the respective evaluation parameters. These parameters were assessed 4, 8, and 12 wk after the start of the test food or placebo intake. The test food group showed a statistically significant improvement of fine wrinkles at week 12 (p<0.05) and of malar skin elasticity at week 8 (p<0.05), compared with the control group. Although there was no significant difference between the test food group and the control group regarding effects on skin microrelief at lateral angle of the eyes, a significant intragroup improvement was observed at week 8 in the test food group (p<0.05). As for the test food safety, none of the subjects presented adverse symptoms during the study period or discontinued the intake of the test food. These data indicate that the oral intake of 40 mg soy isoflavones per day improves the aged skin of middle-aged women.

    Oral intake of soy isoflavone aglycone improves the aged skin of adult women.

    Izumi T, Saito M, Obata A, Arii M, Yamaguchi H, Matsuyama A

    Abstract

    You can be assured that these benefits are not specific to women only.

    L’Oreal’s subsidiary Inneov, producer of the hair loss treatment pill Hair Mass, also has several other cosmeceuticals dealing with skin aging. There foundation formula, “Anti-Age Fermete” is a combination of Vitamin C and Soy Isoflavones which they say, based on their research, “firms and re-densifies” skin, increasing collagen production by 64%, increasing its’ tensile strength and “snap back.” The effects were found to get progressively better over a period of 6 months, resulting in a “tighter “ skin appearance in all subjects. More information can be found here.

          Although preventing and treating Androgenetic hair loss will always be our main focus, the prevention and treatment of skin aging, particularly facial skin aging, comes a close second. The gratification I get from maintaining a full head of hair would be compromised to say the least if it were accompanied by a face of loose, sagging, cross linked leather that was indistinguishable from a Gucci Bag or Willie Nelson.. I take a perverse pride at 52 in still being occasionally and suspiciously carded for wine purchases. My topical facial regime has for years consisted of Retin A, Emu Oil, and an Organic Sunscreen (Soleo is by far my favorite) used as a daily moisturizer. Although I’ve surfed avidly for decades, my skin has remained almost as smooth as a baby’s ass. I unfortunately can’t say that about most of my surfing contemporaries, who from a dermatological standpoint (due to years of UV exposure), resemble the homeless. What I’ve used internally for “hair growth” has definitely helped. It is good to know that a significant portion of our hair protocol recommendations, such as Super Absorbable Soy Isoflavones, play a documented role in keeping my skin smooth and taught as well. In future updates we will periodically discuss skin aging and how best to address it both from an external and internal standpoint, and provide legal sources for Retin A that don’t require a prescription. Our goal is not to age gracefully and in good health, our goal is not to age at all…

    The mechanisms by which Soy Isoflavone Extract impacts Androgenetic Hair Loss are well established. The singular consumption of Soy lowers DHT by 15%. The COMBINATION of Soy Isoflavones and Green Tea lowers DHT by 80% in animal models, and as discussed in a recent update, confers specific anti-inflammatory benefits on androgen induced inflammation. Soy Isoflavones also facilitate Equol production. Equol is, as you may already know, an anti-androgen that essentially handcuffs DHT, neutralizing its effects. A subset of the Asian population are genetic Equol producers, who not surprisingly, have no MPB. Studies have shown that the sole inclusion of dietary soy or Isoflavones will eventually after several months, turn genetic Equol non-producers into Equol producers.

          Equol production can be rapidly facilitated in genetic non-producers by combining Soy Isoflavones, Green Tea Extract, Sea Vegetables and Pro-biotics, in particular Bacillus Coagulans. It is this very combination that is a patent pending treatment for MPB. According to its producer, Bear Biotech, shedding rapidly subsides with its use in 2-3 weeks.

          The cosmetic benefits of Soy Isoflavone consumption don’t stop there. Recent studies have shown oral Soy Isoflavone consumption stimulates collagen production and firms facial skin. Here is one of the first studies published:

    J Nutr Sci Vitaminol (Tokyo). 2007 Feb;53(1):57-62A double-blind, placebo-controlled trial was conducted to clinically evaluate the effect of soy isoflavone aglycone on the aged skin of middle-aged women. Twenty-six women volunteers in their late 30s and early 40s were randomly assigned to receive either a test food (13 women, the test food group) or a placebo food (13 women, the control group). These groups were given the test food (40 mg of soy isoflavone aglycone per day) and placebo, respectively, for 12 wk. The extent of linear and fine wrinkles at the lateral angle of the eyes was selected as the major evaluation criterion to assess the effects of foods, and the wrinkles’ area ratio was used as the evaluation parameter. The extent of skin microrelief at the lateral angle of eyes and that of malar skin elasticity were used as secondary evaluation criteria, and the skin microrelief’s area ratio and recovery of skin elasticity were used as the respective evaluation parameters. These parameters were assessed 4, 8, and 12 wk after the start of the test food or placebo intake. The test food group showed a statistically significant improvement of fine wrinkles at week 12 (p<0.05) and of malar skin elasticity at week 8 (p<0.05), compared with the control group. Although there was no significant difference between the test food group and the control group regarding effects on skin microrelief at lateral angle of the eyes, a significant intragroup improvement was observed at week 8 in the test food group (p<0.05). As for the test food safety, none of the subjects presented adverse symptoms during the study period or discontinued the intake of the test food. These data indicate that the oral intake of 40 mg soy isoflavones per day improves the aged skin of middle-aged women.

    Oral intake of soy isoflavone aglycone improves the aged skin of adult women.

    Izumi T, Saito M, Obata A, Arii M, Yamaguchi H, Matsuyama A

    Abstract

    You can be assured that these benefits are not specific to women only.

    L’Oreal’s subsidiary Inneov, producer of the hair loss treatment pill Hair Mass, also has several other cosmeceuticals dealing with skin aging. There foundation formula, “Anti-Age Fermete” is a combination of Vitamin C and Soy Isoflavones which they say, based on their research, “firms and re-densifies” skin, increasing collagen production by 64%, increasing its’ tensile strength and “snap back.” The effects were found to get progressively better over a period of 6 months, resulting in a “tighter “ skin appearance in all subjects. More information can be found here.

          Although preventing and treating Androgenetic hair loss will always be our main focus, the prevention and treatment of skin aging, particularly facial skin aging, comes a close second. The gratification I get from maintaining a full head of hair would be compromised to say the least if it were accompanied by a face of loose, sagging, cross linked leather that was indistinguishable from a Gucci Bag or Willie Nelson.. I take a perverse pride at 52 in still being occasionally and suspiciously carded for wine purchases. My topical facial regime has for years consisted of Retin A, Emu Oil, and an Organic Sunscreen (Soleo is by far my favorite) used as a daily moisturizer. Although I’ve surfed avidly for decades, my skin has remained almost as smooth as a baby’s ass. I unfortunately can’t say that about most of my surfing contemporaries, who from a dermatological standpoint (due to years of UV exposure), resemble the homeless. What I’ve used internally for “hair growth” has definitely helped. It is good to know that a significant portion of our hair protocol recommendations, such as Super Absorbable Soy Isoflavones, play a documented role in keeping my skin smooth and taught as well. In future updates we will periodically discuss skin aging and how best to address it both from an external and internal standpoint, and provide legal sources for Retin A that don’t require a prescription. Our goal is not to age gracefully and in good health, our goal is not to age at all…

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    Circulation is Implicated in Hairloss

    December 1st, 2010

          The following article, from a Massachusetts General Hospital publication validates what we posited, based on evidence several years ago. Despite the position of orthodox medicine, which states that circulation has absolutely nothing nothing to do with Androgenetic Alopecia, there appears to be much evidence to the contrary. DHT-mediated inflammation damages and deprives follicles of blood and nutrients.

          A study in Japan found that blood flow to the scalp of young men diagnosed with androgenetic alopecia (male pattern baldness) was 2.6 times lower than in the normal control group. A research team at L’Oreal’s subsidiary, Inneov, identified diminished circulation as a critical element of the balding process that needs to addressed in the treatment process, if one is to obtain cosmetically significant results.

          Diminished peripheral circulation has also been implicated in what is termed “senescent” or age related thinning, a universally occurring condition that results in thin, wispy, see-through hair, that is common in both genders in their late 50’s and beyond. This is a type of hair loss that occurs independent of, though is often in a worse case scenario juxtaposed on, Androgenetic hair loss.

          Androgen-induced inflammation can wreak havoc on micro-circulation in MPB, and is the reason inflammation looms so problematic. Countering inflammation and enhancing or preserving micro-capillary circulation, can often successfully prevent further hair loss and re-grow hair in varying degrees, precluding the need to resort to the cruder approach of having to use often side effect laden anti-androgens, such as Propecia, Avodart,or Spironolactone.

    Blood Vessels Hold the Key to Thicker Hair Growth

    MGH researchers have succeeded in growing hair faster and thicker in mice, thanks to a protein that promotes blood vessel growth in their skin. The protein-treated mouse hair follicles — while no greater in number than those of normal mice – are individually bigger. Collectively, they increase the total volume of hair by 70 percent. This study appeared in the Feb. 19 issue of the Journal of Clinical Investigation.

    If the protein has the same effects in humans, it could lead to the first angiogenic therapy for male pattern baldness. “In male pattern hair loss, it’s not that the follicles are gone. They’re just miniature follicles,” says Michael Detmar, MD, of MGH Dermatology and lead author of the study. “If anyone could find a way to make the follicles bigger, men might grow hair again.”

    The discovery that increasing blood flow to the scalp helps stave off baldness may be old news to many barbers. For years, they have been advising clients to massage their scalps as a way of stimulating circulation and hair growth.

    A few scientific studies have suggested that people with hair loss may have fewer blood vessels. But prior to the MGH study, no one had actually measured how closely blood vessel growth is correlated with hair growth, or what might cause scalp vessels to grow in the first place.

    To explore these questions, Kiichiro Yano, a research associate in MGH Dermatology, and his colleagues compared two groups of mice, one normal and one genetically programmed to produce an abundance of VEGF, a protein known to trigger blood vessel growth. The VEGF-enhanced mice grew hair faster and thicker in the first two weeks of life than did the control mice.

    The VEGF-enhanced mice also regrew hair faster. Shaved 8-week-old VEGF mice not only grew hair back sooner, they also exhibited a 30 percent increase in hair follicle diameter just 12 days after hair removal. “By overall volume, the hair was about 70 percent thicker than in wild-type mice,” says Detmar.

    Blood vessels located in the skin surrounding the pumped-up hair follicles were 40 percent larger in diameter than those found in normal mice, suggesting that the VEGF-mediated angiogenesis was causing the hair to grow faster and thicker.

    When normal mice were treated with an antibody that blocks VEGF activity and then shaved, their hair grew back slower and was thinner than the untreated mice. Twelve days after hair removal, the VEGF-deprived mice still displayed bald spots and overall reduced hair growth. “By modulating VEGF, we can directly influence the size of the hair follicles,” says Detmar.

    As for how the VEGF-inspired blood vessels are plumping up the hair shafts, the researchers believe they may be delivering an extra supply of growth factors, in addition to oxygen and nutrients. Detmar and his colleagues are developing a technique to deliver VEGF topically to the scalp. “The question now is can we by this method improve hair growth in humans?” he says. “Applying it to humans will be the big challenge.”

          Preserving and enhancing micro-capillary perfusion(circulation ) to benefit hair growth and myriad other health concerns, without waiting for the arrival of a VEGF timulating protein to hit the market, can be accomplished several ways.

          Hyperbaric Oxygen- Hyperbaric Oxygen (HBO) has been anecdotally reported on many occasions to stimulate hair growth as a side effect when used in treating other conditions. Typically administered in pressurized tanks that can seat many people, it dramatically increases oxygen in the tissues of the body. It also stimulates angiogenesis, the formation of new blood vessels in areas that have compromised blood flow. This can be due to long standing inflammation and associated fibrosis(like MPB), or even necrosis,(tissue death) caused by injury,and radiation, including brain tissue. HBO is typically delivered for most long standing conditions in 20-40 sessions or “dives.” As a treatment for hair loss it is prohibitively expensive, however the oft reported occurrence of hair growth underscores the effects of acute blood vessel formation on hair growth.

          Trental and Vitamin E– Trental, (Pentoxyfilline) in combination with Vitamin E, has been shown to be a powerful promoter of new blood vessel growth. Trental is a prescription drug that is used for the treatment of intermittent claudation, ie lack of circulation in the lower extremities. So potent are its effects, particularly when combined with Vitamin E, that it is used as a treatment for radiation necrosis of the brain, a situation whereby surrounding brain tissue has associated fibrosis and/or literally died as a potentially debilitating side effect of cerebral radiation treatments, typically for tumors or venous malformations. Not surpringly, hair growth is another reported side effect of this treatment. A closely related drug-theophylline, was patented in combination with Ginkgo Biloba and other co-factors, as a hair loss treatment. Xanthine compound formula for hair loss

          Procyanidins-It is purified from grape seeds. It has proven to have potent scavenger capacity for free radicals.For the purposes of hair growth It has been also found that it stabilizes the capillary walls and prevents increased permeability which stops the edema in inflammatory reactions. (Zafirov D. Bredy Dobreva G. Litchev V. Papasova M. Acta Physiologica et Pharmacologica Bulgarica 16 (3). 1990. 50-54). Keeping healthy capillaries promote the blood supply of the hair follicles which make it, together with growth factors, potentially effective in high enough doses, as a singular treatment for Androgenetic Alopecia. Hair growth is frequently reported in response to using Grape Seed Extract in doses of 400 plus milligrams a day.

          Ginkgo Biloba– It is used in traditional medicine to help enhance memory, brain function and also treats circulatory disorders. Ginkgo supplements help to grow blood vessels and like the prescription drug Trental, also help to treat a condition called intermittent claudication, which is poor circulation in the legs. The University of Maryland Medical Center reports that Ginkgo Extract improves blood circulation by reducing the stickiness of blood platelets and dilates blood vessels.

    Improved haemorrheological properties by Ginkgo biloba extract (Egb 761) in type 2 diabetes mellitus complicated with retinopathy.

    Clin Nutr. 2004 Aug;23(4):615-21

    Abnormal haemorrheological property changes in erythrocyte deformability, plasma and blood viscosity, and blood viscoelasticity may play very important roles in the development of microangiopathies in diabetes mellitus (DM). In this study, we demonstrate the improvement in abnormal haemorrheological parameters in DM with ingestion of Ginkgo biloba extract 761. Haemorrheological parameters before and 3 months after Ginkgo biloba oral ingestion were determined in 25 type 2 DM patients with retinopathy. These parameters included lipid peroxidation stress of erythrocytes, erythrocyte deformability, plasma and blood viscosity, blood viscoelasticity, and retinal capillary blood flow velocity. After taking Ginkgo biloba orally for 3 months, the blood viscosity was significantly reduced at different shear rates. Viscoelasticity was significantly reduced in diabetic patients by 3.08 +/- 0.78 (0.1 Hz). The level of erythrocyte malondialdehyde (MDA) was reduced by 30%; however, the deformability of erythrocyte was increased by 20%. And lastly, retinal capillary blood flow rate was increase. In this preliminary clinical study, 3 months of oral administration of Ginkgo biloba significantly reduced MDA levels of erythrocytes membranes, decreased fibrinogen levels, promoted erythrocytes deformability, and improved blood viscosity and viscoelasticity, which may facilitate blood perfusion. Furthermore, Ginkgo biloba effectively improved retinal capillary blood flow rate in type 2 diabetic patients with retinopathy.

          Bilberry– has a long medicinal history in Europe. It has been used to treat anything from kidney stones to Typhoid fever. During World War 2 British pilots noted that Bilberry jam before a flight dramatically improved night vision. Modern research now supports these claims. Bilberry contains anthocyanosides which are potent antioxidants which strengthen blood vessels and capillary walls, improve red blood cells, stimulate blood vessel growth, and stabilize collagen tissues such as tendons, ligaments and connective tissue in skin.. In addition, it helps to maintain the flexibility of red blood cells, allowing them to pass through the capillaries and supply oxygen. The herb is an established vasodialator that opens blood vessels and lowers blood pressure. Since the eyes and hair follicles have a high concentration of capillaries, bilberry may be particularly helpful in improving eyesight and helping hair growth. The herb has been shown to improve night vision, slow macular degeneration, prevent cataracts and diabetic retinopathy. Published studies have shown improvement in eyesight, circulation, angina, stroke and atherosclerosis. It is also used to improve varicose veins and has anti-aging effects on collagen structures, helping to maintain skin firmness as one gets older.

          Here’s an excerpt from Natural News .com discussing vitamin E in this regard.
    Disclaimer: Consider this feature on Vitamin E purely informational as there are no quoted studies by which to evaluate these assertions, to warrant any kind of recommendation. Nevertheless an interesting read.

          “Vitamin E– is a vital nutrient known mainly for its benefits to heart health. But vitamin E has many other properties that maintain health and has long been used both internally and externally. Vitamin E has been shown to help with the growth of hair as well as preventing hair loss. The exact mechanism is not known but vitamin E may prevent hair loss by the same mechanism that it prevents heart problems. Vitamin E helps with the growth of capillaries. When there are more capillaries, the circulation improves and it is thought that the improved circulation to the scalp is the trigger for preventing hair loss.”

          “Vitamin E grows hair because it causes capillary growth, vitamin E can help hair to grow. The increased circulation speeds the growth of hair in many people. The additional nutrition can prevent split ends, help heal hair damaged by excessive use of a hair dryer, and cure dry hair as well.”

          Inversion Boots– Several have reported to me that they have grown hair by hanging upside down for several minutes a day. I cannot vouch for the credibility of these reports. I personally invert for 10-15 minutes a day, not for the effects on hair, but because of the mental clarity it imparts,and postural/abdomen reducing benefits. It stretches and decompresses your spine to the point where you literally feel like the parking brake is off for the remainder of the day. My hair is in excellent shape, and I have no idea if this factors into it.

          Scalp Massage– Many swear by this but there is no evidence on its sustained impact on micro-capillary circulation. However it feels great and definitely wouldn’t hurt.

          As discussed, there is irrefutable evidence that diminished micro-circulation *is* implicated in MPB. and not surprisingly that new blood vessel formation causes hair growth in animal models. The traditional medical line, that circulation has absolutely nothing to with hair loss, can itself be dismissed as an old wives tale, especially in light of recent evidence.

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