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The Benefits of Hair Enhance Hx- InVite Health Podcast, Episode 581
Hosted by Amanda Williams MD, MPH
InViteⓇ Health Podcast Intro: Welcome to the InViteⓇ Health Podcast, where our degreed healthcare professionals are excited to offer you the most important health and wellness information you need to make informed choices about your health. You can learn more about the products discussed in each of these episodes and all that InViteⓇ Health has to offer at www.invitehealth.com/podcast. First time customers can use promo code PODCAST at checkout for an additional 15% off your first purchase. Let’s get started!†
Amanda Williams MD, MPH: [00:00:40] We’ve all heard someone complain about how they’re having a bad hair day. It may even be you who has said that before. And we know that when it comes to the health of our hair, there are many different factors that can influence that. We can look at the different hormonal influences, we can certainly look at environmental factors that can impact the health of our hair. And I want to zero in on different nutrients that can really be very, very beneficial when it comes to the way that our hair ages. This is important because sometimes we take for granted that our hair is to remain healthy throughout our lives. And because there are so many different moving parts, one could say when it comes to your hair, I want to zero in on the common reasons as to why someone can experience either the thinning of hair, loss of hair, maybe the feel of your hair isn’t what it used to be. So I want to get into all of those details with you when it comes to hair health. [00:01:50]
[00:01:51] I am Dr. Amanda Williams, scientific director at InVite Health. And when it comes to hair loss, we know this is a big problem that many people deal with. It was always kind of looked at as being more of an issue for men as opposed to women and male pattern baldness and certainly we, you know, look at the statistics and you can clearly see that men are impacted by hair loss more so than women. However, that number is not as far off as you may actually recognize. It’s estimated that, you know, right, right around 35-40 million men experience hair loss, but over 20 million women experience hair loss. And this usually is happening right around 30-35 years old when you start to see this significant shift in the health of the hair. And when you start to break that down and say, well, you know, why would that be? Why is it that so many men are dealing with hair loss? And why is it that so many women are dealing with with hair loss? And we can start to kind of piece it all together. We can look at those hormonal influences. We certainly know that when it comes to the adrenergic effect from the androgens, we can clearly link this with men, but we can also link that with women as well. When we look at the totality of hair loss in this country and we’re not talking about like full baldness, we’re talking about, you know, the generalized looking at hair loss. There are some folks that estimate this up even higher than the numbers that I gave out of the 35-40 million men, 20 million women. There are some that estimate this number to be closer to 80 to 100 million folks in this country over the age of 35 who experience this. And as I said, many women are really feeling the impacts of this. [00:04:06]
[00:04:06] And we have to look at why that is and what we can be doing, because certainly this can be incredibly problematic on the emotional and social side to this. And, you know, some people say, oh, well, it’s because you’re being vain and it doesn’t matter if you lose your hair. But for a lot of people their hair is their identity. And we have to be able to to recognize that and do what we can in our power to prevent, you know, further hair loss and to prevent the degradation of our hair as we get older. So we can look at thinning hair, we can look at the balding process itself. We can also look at, as I mentioned, just that the shift or the change in the health or the texture of the hair. [00:04:56]
[00:04:57] So I actually have formulated a product called Hair Enhance Hx. I took a lot of time working through the the science on this formula because I’ve had so many people come to me over the course of many, many years who have had those common complaints. My hair feels like it’s thinning out or you know, I was brushing my hair today and I look down at the brush and there’s an awful lot of hair, so, you know, I’m losing hair at a greater rate than I would like to or, you know, I feel like my hair is thinner on one side than the other or I get people who come to me and say, you know, I am experiencing a lot more gray hairs than I would like. Some people are, you know, not big into using, you know, color treatment when it comes to covering up those grays. Because then you’re basically putting a chemical if you’re using a standard color treatment onto your hair, which means it’s going to get on to your scalp. And that can be certainly problematic. So I always advise if you’re going to do any type of color treatment to your hair, make sure that you are seeking out a hair stylist that only uses organic. So organic hair color is what you want to be using, especially in this day and age, because we know that there are so many different harmful chemicals that we need to be aware of and that we need to avoid at all costs. [00:06:20]
[00:06:21] So in formulating this product, I started to kind of reflect back on the many different causative reasons that I’ve talked to folks throughout the years when it comes to their concerns with hair. And many people like to, you know, kind of zero in on utilizing topical approach. And I’m not saying that that’s a bad thing, but we have to be aware that what is occurring with the lackluster of our hair, loss of hair is coming from the inside. So we really need to approach this from the inside out. And in formulating the Hair Enhance Hx product, I started to pinpoint, you know, what are the different targeted pathways, what are the different enzymatic processes that need to be addressed when it comes to supporting the strength and the integrity of the hair? So I zeroed in on, of course, the key nutrients most people have heard about the benefit of biotin, that very important B vitamin when it comes to the strength and the sheen of the hair as well as for, say, your fingernail. So hair, skin and nails definitely biotin. Is that B vitamin that most people turn to? So I included biotin into this formulation along with zinc. Zinc is very key for a couple of different reasons, not only for that structural strength of the hair itself, but for anyone who has any type of underlying thyroid issue. Zinc deficiencies or zinc insufficiency is a very common place that we always have to look at. If we have inadequate zinc exposure, this can affect the health of the hair, the health of the thyroid function, our metabolism in general. So I included zinc into this formulation along with the key amino acids that we know are critical when it comes to that structural integrity. [00:08:20]
[00:08:21] So having the methionine and that cysteine in this formulation along with arginine. So there’s a reason why I put arginine into this formula. When it comes to nitric oxide, we know that the amino acid l-arginine is critical in how the body releases nitric oxide. So we have to have arginine in order for that nitric oxide to be released. Well, one of the interesting things about our hair is the more nitric oxide that we have, the better opening up of that hair shaft we actually get so the hair can move through. And so by having arginine into this formulation, this helps to enhance the growth or the stimulation of new hair growth. So it’s not only for the structural component to it, but it’s actually to promote the growth of new hair. This is very important. I also mentioned that many folks come to me and say, you know, I have a lot of stress in my life. I feel like because of stress, I’m getting a lot more gray hair. And so because of that, we have to understand that there is a key amino acid in the body or I’m sorry, not an amino acid, an antioxidant. An endogenous antioxidant that’s very critical to the regulation of hydrogen peroxide. If we have excess hydrogen peroxide, this can lead to significant graying or bleaching of the hair. [00:09:49]
[00:09:50] So through the utilization of catalase catalyze is an endogenous antioxidant, we know that as we get older, our body produces less catalase. So I included catalase into this formulation to be able to help stabilize and regulate how much hydrogen peroxide is actually building in the body. Because if we can dull that out, we can get less hydrogen peroxide, then the likelihood of getting less of that hair bleaching will actually occur. So we have the catalase in this formulation for that specified reason. Then we have to look at, you know, how it is structurally that things such as keratin and silica really provide that tensile strength. So when someone’s looking at their hair, maybe you feel like you have a lot of, you know, dry ends or split ends. We have to think about the chemicals that potentially you’re putting topically onto your hair. So if you’re using a typical shampoo or conditioner that has chemicals in it, any phthalates, alcohols, parabens, we want to be able to avoid that. So you want to use the InVite Health shampoo and conditioner, which are all natural, no chemicals whatsoever, all coming from essential oils and from plant based. And that’s really key because we don’t want to add insult to injury. We want to be able to promote the health of the hair from the inside out. But we don’t want to complicate matters by putting chemicals on top of our head. And all of these things at the end of the day matter. As I mentioned, this is a multi-modal approach when it comes to the health of our hair. [00:11:29]
[00:11:30] So we’ve got all of these different nutrients that are contained within the hair enhance. We have the methionine, the cysteine, that arginine, we have the hydrolyzed keratin, we have that silica, all of which have been studied specifically for their benefit when it comes to our hair. We also have to look at how antioxidants play a role into the health of the hair, which is why I have tocotrienols. I have the ethanol max, that’s a registered trademark form of vitamin E, which has been shown in human clinical trials to actually promote new hair growth. I also include in this formulation the power of fisetin, and fisetin is a incredibly powerful antioxidant which has been studied and shown that the power of these flavanols can be very beneficial for maintaining the health of the hair. And it does this in a couple of different mechanisms, not only to fend off a lot of the oxidative stress, but also to enhance the proper blood flow to the hair follicle itself. So when you start to look at these different botanicals and you look at studies on alopecia, where there is significant hair loss that has been brought on, we have to always look at, you know, what different nutrients can be beneficial. And we know that fisetin along with the apple polyphenols which are really quite fabulous. [00:13:03]
[00:13:04] There’s a specific reason why I put Apple polyphenols into this formulation. The science, the science speaks volume. I remember coming across this study that was published in the Journal of Medicinal Foods many years ago, looking at how the polyphenols are. The powerful antioxidants that are derived from these specific apples do so much to enhance the keratin expression in human hair. And so they did this randomized clinical trial where they were utilizing the Proanthocyanidins coming from these Apple extracts, and they showed that this helped with the biosynthesis by working in conjunction with keratin to promote the growth of hair. [00:13:53]
[00:13:53] So we look at the the tocotrienols and we say, okay, well we know the Ethanol Max has been shown in human trials to that through supplementation of this specific form of vitamin E, this can actually promote hair growth. And then we look at the apple polyphenols and we say, okay, well, we partner that up with the keratin. And voila, we have this really nice way to enhance the growth of new hair. So you partner that with the arginine which we know is opening up that hair shaft, we’ve got the cysteine and the methianine to really support the structural integrity of the new hair that is being grown. And you say to yourself, Yeah, if I’m having a bad hair day, maybe what I need to do is work from the inside out. And looking at that hair enhance formulation and this combination of powerful nutrients that can really help to enhance and support the health of our hair is probably something I should be incorporating into my daily supplementation routine. [00:14:54]
[00:14:55] Now, I mentioned in the beginning of the podcast that much of what happens in male pattern baldness as well as female pattern baldness comes down to the hormonal influence or the impact of hormonal dysregulation, which is why includes saw palmetto and I didn’t rinky dink around with this and say oh let me just put a little bit of saw palmetto in this I have a lot of saw Palmetto in this formulation, there’s 320 milligrams in this formula. The reason why I went with a high amount of saw Palmetto extract is we know that saw Palmetto is a powerful way for us to target the pathway which is responsible for the loss of hair. And so through the action of saw palmetto, this is targeting that testosterone to dihydrotestosterone pathway. When men and women, this is key, when men and women have a dysregulation of how testosterone is being transferred in the body and if we start to make too much dihydrotestosterone, this is that direct causal link for both male and female pattern baldness. So with the utilization of Saw Palmetto, we can help to impede that pathway and we keep the the hair in a much healthier form. So looking at the hair enhance, we’ve got all of these wonderful nutrients combined together, we’ve got the silica extract coming from bamboo, we have that fisetin that powerful polyphenol to fend off so much of the oxidative stress, the environmental factors that our hair can be damaged from. You think about the pollutants in the air, all of the different chemicals that our hair is exposed to throughout our lifetime. So we want those antioxidants to be able to protect our hair from the inside out. So I definitely encourage you to check out this formulation. It’s called Hair Enhance Hx. For anyone who’s having a bad hair day, make sure that you include this into a daily supplementation routine. Three caps daily gets you on that fast track to healthier hair. You can partner this up with Collagen Hx or with the Collegex HA to really give you that structural support and enhance that nice, flowy hair that you are seeking. [00:17:25][149.6]
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InViteⓇ Health Podcast, Episode hosted by Amanda Williams, MPH
Have you ever heard that biotin is good for your hair, skin and nails? Well, it is, but I want to talk about other significant details about biotin, including how deficiencies or insufficiencies of this nutrient can negatively impact your health.†
What is biotin?
In its own right, biotin is like its own little unique B-complex. It’s one of our water-soluble B vitamins, but it plays a really integral role in so many different functions in the body. Many times, we don’t recognize biotin for its true abilities. We look at it for hair, skin and nails, which is important, but it does many other things that are much more significantly important.†
When we look at the Standard American Diet, we can see how many people do not get this nutrient. Foods that are rich in biotin include egg yolks, spinach and mushrooms. A lot of Americans eat only egg whites and avoid vegetables altogether.†
We also know that healthy gut bacteria help to produce biotin. Now keep in mind how many people have unhealthy bacteria that are the predominant bacteria within their microbiome. This is why we always stretch the importance of being on a good, comprehensive multi-strain probiotic. This can do so much to really enhance the body’s immune system, energy production and more.†
The role of this nutrient in the body
We have to understand what biotin is doing in the body. One of its most important roles is for cellular energy metabolism and the production of adenosine triphosphate (ATP). It is also needed for the regulation of oxidative stress. If we have high levels of oxidative stress, this can do damage to the mitochondria, which makes that cell not want to function properly, preventing you from making adequate energy.†
When we look at the science, we can draw a conclusion that relates low biotin status to low energy states. If you have low energy, you probably aren’t wondering if your biotin levels are low. This is why taking the Performance Multivitamin is a very good idea. If you feel like you are dragging throughout the day, I would advise trying out some additional biotin, along with the True Energy effervescent packets, because it really can make an incredible difference.†
In this episode, Amanda Williams, MPH explains the many roles that biotin plays in the body. She goes into detail about how important this nutrient is for energy production and how that can affect the rest of the body.†
- Reasons for biotin insufficiencies
- How does this impact fatty acid synthesis?
- The role biotin plays in energy production
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