Studies Supported by NIAMS Indicate Keratin Offers Clue to Hair Growth

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Two studies conducted in 2006 and supported by the National Institute of Arthritis and Musculoskeletal and Skin Diseases (NIAMS) reveal that keratin 17 is shown to be a key element in the process of hair follicle growth. Companies such as Healthy Hair Plus offer a myriad of protein-enriched hair care options, including natural shampoos, conditioners and vitamin supplements, that promote healthy hair growth.

Many other keratins show an intriguing regulation in the hair follicles, raising the prospect that they too might play a role in hair cycling.

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Two studies conducted in 2006 and supported by the National Institute of Arthritis and Musculoskeletal and Skin Diseases (NIAMS) find that keratin 17 is shown to be a key element in the process of hair follicle growth. A detailed report of the NIAMS study reveals a family of keratin intermediate filament proteins are part of a network of fibers that maintain cell strength and shape. Companies such as Healthy Hair Plus offer a myriad of protein-enriched hair care options, including natural shampoos, conditioners and vitamin supplements, that promote healthy hair growth.

The American Heritage Dictionary defines keratin, in part, as "a tough, insoluble protein substance that is the chief structural constituent of hair". The studies performed at NIAMS examined a particular form of this protein called keratin 17. During the first study conducted at NIAMS, researcher Pierre A. Coulombe, PhD. and Xuemei Tong, a graduate student, discovered that mice with lower levels of keratin 17 failed to grow a healthy coat within the first week after birth. Absent the necessary keratin protein, mice experienced one phase of the hair production cycle prematurely. When the hair production cycle is upset, the death of follicle cells occurs which results in thin and fragile hair. Further, Coulombe states that, "Many other keratins show an intriguing regulation in the hair follicles, raising the prospect that they too might play a role in hair cycling." As a result of these findings, shampoo treatments, conditioners and vitamin supplements that contain keratin are becoming increasingly popular because of their ability to eliminate dry hair.

Choosing proper hair products and taking a daily vitamin supplement enriched with proteins and minerals can improve the condition of damaged hair within three months. Mark Macey, owner of Healthy Hair Plus, offers that, "Hair vitamins are vitally important to keep hair growing healthy. We manufacture natural based hair care and skin care products that are designed to work on specific hair problems, such as hair growth, dryness, weakness, frizz and other hair damage. Our top selling products are our faster hair growing hair kit, which includes hair vitamins, hair growth shampoo and silk protein conditioner. "

In the second study supported by NIAMS and led by Seyun Kim, it was discovered that keratin 17 assists in controlling protein and cell growth. The findings of this study raise the possibility that this form of keratin may also regulate cell growth when used in certain settings to assist in cycling hair follicles and promoting hair growth. Hair products infused with essential proteins such as keratin create a healthier hair shaft, resulting in more attractive hair. Hair care products and vitamin supplements should feed the root and repair hair structure to prevent dryness, breakage and hair damage associated with age, overall health and hair styling techniques. Combinations of keratin protein and other nutrients are incorporated in hair products to assist with hair damage and problems such as thinning and split ends. Mark Macey further states that, "We offer 20 different shampoos and conditioners as well as 20 different hair treatments that range in specific product use from faster growing hair vitamins and shampoos to protein rebuilding products that are used on chemically treated hair. Our herbal, natural based products are used to create healthy hair and we approach hair care from three levels. First we address the scalp, which we stimulate and help to protect from the root, where it all starts. Secondly, we feed the roots with nutrition. Finally, we rebuild the protein structure and protect the hair shaft for healthier hair with a more attractive appearance. You must replenish and feed the root, shaft and entire length from root to tip for overall hair health."

The 2006 studies supported by NIAMS clearly show that the presence of keratin is imperative for proper hair growth and texture. You can visit websites such as Healthy Hair Plus to find protein-enriched shampoo treatments , conditioners and hair vitamins to stimulate hair growth for healthier-looking hair.

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