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Hair Growth Proteins and Minerals for Healthy Hair Growth

About Essential Hair Growth Proteins, Minerals for hair growth

Hair Elements:
Hair is made of protein which originates inside the hair follicle.  As cells mature, they fill up with a protein called keratin in the form of fibers. This protein formation process - HAIR GROWTH requires 8 essential amino acids* to be present at the same time.1  

If all 8 amino acids are not present in the right quantities or proportions, your hair doesnt grow as fast or as well as it could or should.  (An analogy would be the application of Miracle-Gro to the soil of plants.  Notice how fast they grow, how green and healthy the plants get when you care for them in the right way.)  InnerVita Hair Protein formula contains these amino acids in the optimum proportions.

As these cells get filled with keratin2, these cells lose their nucleus and die as they travel up the hair follicle.  This process essentially describes hair growth.  Approximately 91 percent of the hair is protein made up of long chains of amino acids joined to each other by chemical bonds called peptide bonds. There are various elements found in the hair and they are used to make amino acids, keratin, melanin(a pigment that gives color to the hair and skin), and protein.

The average compostion of normal healthy hair is composed of  45.2 % carbon, 27.9% oxygen, 6.6% hydrogen, 15.1% nitrogen and 5.2% sulphur.

The keratin found in hair is called "hard" keratin.  This type of keratin does not dissolve in water and is quite resilient.  What is keratin made from?  Keratin is an insoluble protein made from eighteen amino acids.  The most abundant of these amino acids is cystine which gives hair much of its strength.

Amino Acids inside Hair:

Cysteine Aspartic acid Serine
Alanine Glutamic acid   Proline
Threonine Isoleucine Glycine
Tyrosine Leucine Phenylalanine
Valine Histidine Arginine
  • Brewers Yeast(a.k.a Primary Dried Yeast) - protein source containing the 16 amino acids mentioned above as well as Vitamin B complex and trace amounts of Biotin, Niacin and Folic Acid.  The Proteins in this are the basic building blocks of all cells, including hair shafts.  Food sources: Meat, fish, eggs, milk and soybeans contain all the essential amino acids. 
  • Phosphorus(chelated)a necessary component of effective calcium absorption.  Phosphorus plays an important role in the transfer of energy to the key energy-storing molecules.  Phosphorus is also involved in the metabolism of fat, carbohydrate and protein.  Food sources: Dairy products, meat, and fish are particularly rich sources.
  • Potassium Ascorbate – is a buffered and therefore less acidic form of vitamin C which is more readily absorbed than absorbic acid.  Vitamin C is promotes collagen synthesis and its antioxidant properties have generated interest in its use on the skin.  Potassium is important for chemical reactions within the cells, and regulates the transfer of nutrients to the cells. Potassium helps to regulate water balance in the body, and the distribution of fluids on both sides of the cell walls. It is an electrolyte needed to maintain fluid balance, normal heartbeat, and nerve transmission. milk, eggs, fish, spinach, liver, asparagus and broccoli.  Food sources:  Almonds, apricots, avocados, bananas, beef, bran, Brazil nuts, brewer's yeast, broccoli, brown rice, cabbage herb, cashews, celery herb, chard, citrus fruit, dairy foods, dates, figs, fish, fruit, garlic, grapefruit juice, green leafy vegetables, guava, legumes, lentils, meat, milk, molasses, nectarine, nuts, oranges, parsley, parsnips, peanuts, peaches, pork, potatoes, poultry, raisins, rice bran, sardines, seaweed, seeds, soybeans, spinach (fresh), squash, sunflower seeds, tomato juice, veal, walnuts, wheat bran, whole grains, yams. 
  • Magnesium Ascorbate - plays an important role in regulating the neuromuscular activity of the heart; maintains normal heart rhythm; necessary for proper calcium & Vitamin C metabolism; converts blood sugar into energy.  Magnesium is vital for many metabolic functions such as the activation of enzymes for proper metabolism of protein and carbohydrates for energy production.  Magnesium is a constituent of bones and teeth and is important for the metabolism of phosphorus, calcium, potassium, sodium, B-complex vitamins, and vitamins C and E.  In short, Magnesium is used for enzyme activity, energy metabolism, muscle function, bone density, and cardiac physiology. Food sources: Almonds, barley, blackstrap molasses, bluefish, brewer's yeast, buckwheat, carp, cocoa, cod, cottonseed, figs, flounder, garlic, green leafy vegetables, halibut, herring, Irish moss, kelp, licorice, lima beans, meat, mackerel, millet, molasses, nettle, nuts, oat straw, oats, peaches, peanut butter, peanuts, peas, perch, seafood, sesame seeds, shrimp, snails, soybeans, sunflower seeds, swordfish, tofu, wheat, wheat bran, wheat germ, whole grains. 
  • Copper(chelated) - is critical for metabolizing iron; plays a role in connective tissue formation (for example muscle and blood vessels); protein synthesis.  Copper is necessary for the absorption & utilization of Iron namely the conversion of iron into hemoglobin aiding in the formation of red blood cells; helps oxidize Vitamin C and works with Vitamin C to form Elastin, a chief component of the Elastin muscle fibers throughout the body;  helps proper bone formation & maintenance.  Food sources: Alfalfa, almonds, avocados, baker's yeast, barley, beans, beet roots, black pepper, blackstrap molasses, Brazil nuts, broccoli, cashews, cocoa, crab, dandelion leaves, garlic, grapes, green leafy vegetables, green olives, haddock, hazelnuts, herring, honey, horsetail, lentils, liver, lobster, molasses, mushrooms, mussels, nuts, oats, oranges, oysters, peanuts, pecans, radishes, raisins, sage, salmon, skullcap, seafood, sesame seeds, shrimp, soybeans, sunflower seeds, walnuts, wheat bran, wheat germ, white oak bark, yucca. 
  • L-Cystine -  Food sources: Brewer's yeast, whole grains, egg yolks, liver, rice and milk, kidney, breads, fish, nuts, beans, meat and dairy products are all good sources of biotin.  Food processing techniques can destroy L-Cystine.
  • Iodine (Kelp) – Iodine is an essential trace element(mineral).  Food sources: vegetables grown in iodine-rich soil, kelp, onions, milk, milk products, salt water fish and seafood.
  • DL-Methionine -  Food sources: Brewer's yeast, whole grains, egg yolks, liver, rice and milk, kidney, breads, fish, nuts, beans, meat and dairy products are all good sources of biotin.  Food processing techniques can destroy DL-Methionine.
  • Casein Food sources: Brewer's yeast, whole grains, egg yolks, liver, rice and milk, kidney, breads, fish, nuts, beans, meat and dairy products are all good sources of biotin. Food processing techniques can destroy Casein.  
  • Calcium(chelated) - This calcium is specially bonded (chelated) with amino acids to enhance absorption and assimilation. Calcium is perhaps best known for its role in the formation and structure of bones and teeth. It is integral to nerve transmission, muscle movement and several enzyme systems.  Food sources: milk, yogurt and cheese are the major contributors of calcium in the typical diet.  Alternative calcium sources for lactose intolerance4 people and vegan5 people are: chinese cabbage, kale and broccoli.  

1Hair and Nails are both created by the same process called "keratinization" just described.

2Keratin – a fiber protein characteristic of horny tissue; hair, nails, feathers etc. it is insoluble in protein solvents and has a high sulfur content.

4lactose intolerance - people who experience symptoms such as bloating, diarrhea or excessive phlem because they cannot completely digest the milk sugar lactose.

5vegan - people who consume no animal products.   Vegans tend to avoid or entirely eliminate dairy products from their diets.

*An essential nutrient is a nutrient required for normal body functioning that cannot be synthesized by the body and must be obtained from a dietary source.
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