In the body, the amino acid L-Arginine changes into nitric oxide. Nitric oxide is a powerful neurotransmitter that helps blood vessels relax and improves circulation. Evidence indicates that L-Arginine has a positive effect on hair growth due to this vasodilatory effect. L-Arginine further promotes hair growth as the nitric oxide generated also enhances the function of the potassium channels of the cells in the hair follicles – loss of this process results in a potassium deficiency, which is known to shrink follicles and thin hair. With the potassium channels fully functioning the nutrient blood supply to the hair root is then maximised, which in turn stimulates hair growth and improves and maintains hair condition.
Your kidneys change L-Citrulline into L-Arginine boosting the L-Arginine levels already contained in AF-8 Hair Therapy. Studies show that a combination of L-Arginine and L-Citrulline increases the longevity of nitric oxide in the cardiovascular system which enhances the product benefits for improving and supporting healthy hair.
Vitamin C holds antioxidant properties which can reduce the damage that free radicals can cause to hair follicles. Free radicals can result in harm to your hair, turning it brittle or weak resulting in hair loss. Recent studies indicate that Vitamin C taken in conjunction with L-Arginine increases the beneficial effects of nitric oxide production, which we know stimulates hair growth by improving circulation. Vitamin C is also needed to create a protein called collagen, an important part of hair structure and also helps your body to absorb iron, a mineral essential for hair growth.
Carotenoids present in beetroot extract help improve blood circulation in the scalp which in turn nourishes the hair follicles from within. Beetroot extract also contains potassium, a deficiency, as previously stated under the L-Arginine heading, of which is often linked to hair loss. Sufficient potassium can prevent hair loss and promote hair growth. Beetroot extract also naturally contains Vitamins B1, B2, B3, and Vitamin C, as well as Phosphorus, Sodium, Iodine, Iron and Copper – and so has a great range of hair health beneficial micronutrients that help to enhance the effects of AF-8 Hair Therapy.
Grape Seed Extract
Grape seed extract contains Vitamin E, which has an array of positive effects, including maintaining a healthy scalp, which encourages lustrous hair growth. Grape Seed Extract also has huge antioxidant potential due to its flavonoid phytonutrients, which, like the Vitamin C, reduces free radical damage to the hair follicles and encourages healthy hair growth. Recent studies have also proven that Grape Seed Extract can jump start the hair cycle and push the follicle from telogen (the phase when most hair is lost) to anagen (the phase in which active hair growth occurs). The oligomeric proanthocyanidins in Grape Seed Extract can also inhibit DHT production (a hormone that causes hair loss) enhancing follicle stimulation and promoting healthy hair.
Research has revealed that the health benefits of resveratrol include its ability to reduce the potential for hair loss and boost the hair growing process by reducing the effects of inflammation in the hair follicles by blocking the production of N F Kappa B, a powerful inflammatory agent. Reduction in inflammation in turn supports increased blood flow to the skin, which can help in reducing the effect of age-related hair issues. Resveratrol is also known as a flavonoid - a phytochemical that has been shown to have beneficial health effects of slowing the progression of genetically conditioned hair loss by improving endothelial function. Endothelial dysfunction decreases blood flow to the hair follicles reducing their capacity to stimulate continuous growth, which results in damaged and shedding hair.
As stated under the Grape Seed heading, a major cause of hair loss (especially pattern baldness) is DHT (a derivative from testosterone) which can cause excess calcium deposits leading to ‘scalp calcification’ which decreases the flow of blood to hair follicles, which in turn shrink and lead to hair loss. Vitamin K2 stimulates the production of Matrix GLA Protein in our body, which is known to inhibit ‘scalp calcification’ by regulating blood calcium in a very efficient manner, thus supporting and maintaining an efficient flow of blood to the hair follicles. Vitamin K2 is an innovative and essential addition to AF-8 Hair Therapy.
Vitamin D3 helps create new hair follicles by playing a vital role in cellular turnover ensuring a normal and healthy hair follicle cycle. It has been established that hair loss can occur when your body lacks the recommended amount of vitamin D3. Vitamin D3 deficiency has been linked to alopecia, (also known as spot baldness), hair shedding and general poor hair condition. Getting the recommended daily amount of D3 will help to maintain hair health and growth. Vitamin D3 also works alongside Vitamin C – which together are vital to hair growth cycles. Vitamin D3 boosts immunity, maintains a healthy skin and stimulates cell growth – therefore playing an important role in the health of hair.
AF-8 Hair Therapy has been developed with professional and qualified nutritional food supplement formulators using scientific data and research to ensure the best combination of relevant amino acids and vitamins is offered. AF-8 Hair Therapy is produced in a legislatively compliant UK based food supplement manufacturing facility.
* Nutrient Reference Value (NRV) † No NRV Established