Hair & nails

Mirrors of health

Hair & nails

The condition of your hair and nails is often a reflection of your age, health, and how balanced your diet is.

Are your nails brittle and is your hair dull and prone to split ends? Being tired or sick, stress, ageing, or poor diet can cause deficiencies, affecting the appearance and texture of your hair and nails, and causing them to be weak.

B-group vitamins, sulfur amino acids, and essential minerals such as zinc and silicon provide elements that help protect against hair and nail damage (pollution, sun, stress, etc.) and encourage their growth and renewal.

Present in the animal, plant, and—it goes without saying—mineral kingdoms, silicon is found in the human body, in our organs (lungs, spleen, liver, heart, brain, adrenal glands, nails, hair, bones, skin, cartilage, etc.). As we age, our silicon reserves are increasingly depleted. By the time we are 20 years old, the level of silicon has begun to decrease in our bodies; and by the time we are adults, we have reportedly lost almost 80%.

What does silicon do? This trace element is essential to the health of bones and skin, encourages collagen and elastin formation, contributes to beautiful skin, and reinforces hair and nail structure. Elastin and collagen are essential for the production of chondroitin, MSM, and glucosamine, helping to bind calcium and contributing to joint flexibility.

Silicon in the outer layer of the hair shaft is what gives hair its strength and elasticity. Hair with high silicon content tends to fall out less, and has more luster and shine. Silica content increases growth, decreases seborrhea, and maintains the moisture balance of the scalp.

Soviet studies have shown that silicon-based therapy was effective for reducing hair loss, and promoted improved regrowth. Combined with Jojoba, organic silicon not only strengthens the hair shaft, but seems to promote regrowth (it appears to stimulate the follicle, the hair root).

Nails, hair, and skin are like silicon storehouses; therefore, whenever characteristic signs of deficiency are present, these must be remedied as soon as possible. Nails are complex protein structures that grow an average of 4 to 5 mm a month. Silicon contributes to the maintenance of skin appendages by giving nails their hardness and shine.

Healthy nails, hair, and skin reflect good mineral health.

Sources of silicon

  • Nettle is chock full of vitamins, minerals, trace elements, amino acids, and protein. This plant provides elements (vitamins B2 and B5, silica, zinc, and folic acid) that remineralize nails and hair while promoting regrowth. Nettle is effective against oily hair, as well as for treating acne, due to the anti-inflammatory effect of the zinc that it contains.
  • Horsetail is a plant rich in silica, vitamins, minerals, and protein: elements that nourish hair, increase its thickness, and stimulate its growth. It strengthens weak nails, and helps keep our bodies flexible and our skin naturally beautiful. It is the quintessential remineralizing plant for strengthening hair and nails.
  • In our diets, we get silica by eating wholemeal flour (rye, millet, barley, etc.), onions, garlic, Jerusalem artichokes, mushrooms, alfalfa, parsley, brown rice, bananas, apples, mangos, and sunflower and squash seeds.

An antioxidant trace element that acts by contributing to cell protection and the quality of skin appendages. Its role is fundamental to the growth and vitality of nails and hair, since it is involved in the synthesis of keratin. Zinc is necessary for the synthesis of protein and keratin. It promotes bonds between sulfur endings by protecting them from damage due to free radicals.

A deficiency in zinc can weaken hair and nails, particularly after childbirth or following convalescence; symptoms of this can be slower hair growth accompanied by weak, brittle, and split nails, as well as nails with white spots.

The main dietary sources of zinc are oysters, calf and pork liver, wheat germ, whole-wheat bread, beef, egg yolk, soy, fatty fish, shellfish, and lentils.

Holizen suggestions
Whole sesame seeds are an excellent source of zinc, and actually the main ingredient of the Pantol herbal complex, which also contains horsetail (rich in silica), as well as barley (source of silica and zinc).

Vitasil, made from white deadnettle, is rich in silica and supplemented with zinc, in the most readily absorbed form on the market.

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