The Science of Your Hair

Hair is a protein filament called alpha-keratin which is also found in skin and grows from follicles found in the dermis. Although keratin is very strong and rigid when thick, it can be very flexible when very thin. Keratin is a protein made up of amino acids that are broken down from protein sources that include all 9 essential amino acids when ingested in the body.

These are;

  1. Histidine
  2. Isoleucine
  3. Leucine
  4. Lysine
  5. Methionine
  6. Phenylalanine
  7. Threonine
  8. Tryptophan
  9. Valine

Marine Collagen has long been considered an inferior protein because it lacks tryptophan, one of the nine essential amino acids. This means it does not have all 9 essential amino acids that a complete protein requires to support the production and boosting of collagen & keratin production in your body.

The body can't absorb collagen in the whole form, rather the protein must be broken down during the digestive process before absorption into the bloodstream.

This means when your body absorbs Collagen and breaks it down into its component amino acids your body then has to have tryptophan already present and in the right volume for your body to be able to develop the keratin required for your hair.

Marine collagen supplements have a very skewed amount of the remaining 8 amino acids, therefore some are very lacking compared to the others. This makes collagen supplementation less efficient than those that already contain a complete protein source in the right structure. Generally, a complete protein has a more balanced ratio of essential amino acids.

Unlike Marine Collagen products our formulations contain all 9 essential amino acids making them a complete protein source that can only be found in your diet.

Hair is the 2nd fastest growing cell in your body and is a non-essential tissue, therefore your body will not send nutrients in this direction if another part of your body is lacking. Hair is one of the defining characteristics of mammals. The human body, apart from areas of glabrous skin, is covered in follicles.

There are two types of hair;

  • Terminal hair - the main hair you see on your head and body
  • Vellus hair - hard to see, thin and pale, no more than 2cm long

Terminal hair is an individual hair is called a follicle. A follicle begins under the skin with a base called a bulb. This supports the hair’s root and sebaceous gland, which is also under the skin. From out of the root grows the hair shaft above the skin.

The inside of the shaft is called the medulla. It’s composed of a core made of a honeycomb of loose cells that contain glycogen and citrulline. Surrounding that core is a harder keratin-packed layer called the cortex. Over that is a layer of cells that give the hair its shine. It’s called the cuticle. In the cortex and cuticle is melanin, which gives hair its color.

TrichoSMART® Hair supplements feed your hair from within, using a range of perfectly selected and balanced ingredients from around the world. Containing a complete protein source and all 9 essential amino acids required in the production of Keratin. They also include super antioxidant Spirulina and are fortified with a perfect blend of Vitamins, Minerals, Electrolytes & AnaGain™ NUclinically tested ingredient proven to reduce hair loss and increase hair density after 60 days use.

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