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In this video, we’re going to look at Folic acid benefits for hair. Folic acid (FA), also known as vitamin B9, folate, folacin, or pteroyl-L-glutamic acid, is one of the B vitamin-complexes. Folic acid becomes bioactive for the body when it is metabolised by the liver, which converts it into dihydrofolic acid. But what are the benefits for hair?
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How Does Folic Acid Deficiency Affect Hair Growth?
The effects of B9 deficiency are similar to that of iron deficiency and low ferritin levels.
When FA is deficient in the body, the structure of red blood cells is affected and this structural change renders them unable to transport an adequate supply of oxygen and nutrients around the body.
This can lead to anemia, but also hair loss, because healthy blood cells are required to transport the level of oxygen and nutrients that are required to produce ATP (adenosine triphosphate) within the cells within the scalp.
ATP is a nucleoside triphosphate that carries chemical energy around the cells and plays an important part in cell growth.
When oxygen and nutrient levels are low, the cells will require another source of energy to produce ATP, which can result in an increase in the body’s production of testosterone.
In this process testosterone becomes converted to DHT (dihydrotestosterone) and this is known to cause androgen-related hair loss. This clinical trial discusses the role of DHT in male pattern baldness, also known as Androgenic Alopecia, in mice.
Low levels of folic acid in the body causes important cellular processes to decline, which slows down the rate of cell division and hinders the growth of new cells, meaning that new hairs are not manufactured quickly enough to replace the hair strands that have broken or fallen out, as a result of cell damage.
Chronic deficiency of folic acid ultimately leads to the death of the hair cells.
Other important cells in the scalp are also affected by B9 deficiency, particularly oil-secreting cells, which play an important role in maintaining scalp health, as well as and papilla cells, which are involved in the production of new hairs and the regulation of the hair growth cycle.
More information about the role of papilla cells in hair growth has been noted in a clinical journal.
A lack of FA can be a factor also causes megaloblastic anemia, which results in a premature graying of the hair due to the change caused within the red blood cells.
Para-amino benzoic acid (abbreviated to PABA) is a substance in folic acid that is sometimes taken as a supplement to reverse greying hair.
How Does This Vitamin Promote Hair Growth?
Folic acid plays a vital role in the growth of cells and tissues of all types. Not just the hair cells, but also cells within the nails, skin and internal organs. Folic acid is required for the division and regeneration of cells that are responsible for hair growth.
Folic acid works in conjunction with other vitamins, including vitamin B12 (biotin) and vitamin C to assist the body in the synthesis, breakdown and metabolism of proteins. Hair is composed entirely of protein.
This video is for educational purposes only and is not intended to treat, diagnose or cure any disease
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