If there is a problem that doesn’t care about race, ethnicity or culture, is hair loss. It is a common phenomenon faced by men, women, and children. The total count of hair that is lost daily is 50 to 100 strands. This hair is expected to grow back within a short period. But if it doesn’t grow back and progressive thinning of hair follows, then it is time to address it as a problem. There are many solutions available in the market for hair loss. Today, we are going to talk about organic seeds for hair loss.
What are organic seeds? Organic seeds are seeds produced via organic farming. Organic farming excludes the use of conventional pesticides and other chemicals. This means that if we will use these seeds or their extracts, they are completely safe and won’t bring further damage to the hair. There are many organic seeds, but our discussion will be based on three common seeds that reverse the effects of hair growth; grape seeds, pumpkin seed and sunflower seeds.
The following are ingredients found in the seeds that make them a remedy to hair loss:
- Vitamins A, E, and K
Did you know that balding can occur when hair follicles are dormant constantly? These vitamins regenerate these follicles and promote their regrowth. Sometimes, hair loss may be caused by constant hair breakage. These vitamins condition hair and restore their strength thus minimizing hair breakage. Tocotrienol found in Vitamin E is an antioxidant that inhibits and reduces the free radical effect on the scalp thus promoting a healthier scalp. Hair grows abundantly on a scalp that is healthy. The oxidative stress by the free radicals on the scalp is one of the leading causes of hair loss.
- Omega-6 fatty acids
Omega-6 fatty acid is also known as linoleic acid. Dihydrotestosterone a by-product of testosterone is a primary cause of hair loss. It settles at the base of hair follicles and shrinks them thus causing their eventual fall off. Linoleic acid is a 5alpha-reductase inhibitor. 5alpha-reductase is an enzyme that stimulates the conversion of testosterone to dihydrotestosterone. As an inhibitor, linoleic acid stops and minimizes this conversion. Studies indicate that a reduction in the production of dihydrotestosterone promotes hair growth. These fatty acids also condition and moisturize hair, factors that encourage healthy growth of hair.
This compound acts in the same manner as the omega-6 fatty acids. But reports indicate that it is much stronger and that it encourages over 200% growth in hair cells. The grape seed has a higher concentration of proanthocyanidins. It also improves blood circulation in the capillaries that are close to the scalp. This means that the scalp is adequately supplied with nutrients and oxygen and hair growing in this region is fully nourished.
Do you throw away pumpkin seeds and eat the flesh only? If the answer is yes, you are throwing away the key to thick and long hair. In the past, these seeds were eaten to obtain their benefits. The technological advancement today has enabled the extraction of the essential components only. Therefore, you do not have to eat the whole seed because the taste of their shells might discourage you. Their extracts are available in powder and oil form which makes it easier to incorporate into our daily routine.