The Aztec Xocolatl blend of spices contains Cayenne Pepper, Black Pepper, Cinnamon, Turmeric, Coriander, Fenugreek, Red Pepper, Ginger and White Pepper. This spicy, zesty spice blend brings the benefits of the Capsaicin for your hair growth. Capsaicin is the active element of the chilli pepper that causes the heat and burning sensation.
Each serving of Help Hair Aztec Xocolatl contains:
- 8g of Whey Protein per serving
- Only 75 calories
- 2.5mg of Biotin
- 40mg of Niacin
- Proprietary blend of amino acids - the structural blocks used for production of Collagen, Keratin and Elastin
Capsaicin has been shown to indirectly increase Insulin-like Growth Factor-1 (IGF-1), which plays an important role in the Dermal Papilla. The Dermal Papilla connects each hair follicle to its blood supply so that it can be provided with the oxygen and nutrients that they require for healthy hair growth. IGF-1 is believed to increase the blood flow into the hair root, bringing an increased level of nutrients. An IGF-1 production can be reduced due to age or even through stress. Higher IGF-1 production can promote hair growth and restoration, prevent hair loss and enhance hair lustre.
A study in 2007 investigated the benefits of Capsaicin on hair growth with 48 volunteers suffering with Alopecia. Capsacin supplements were taken over the course of 5 months with Plasma IGF-1 levels taken to monitor the changes seen. Plasma levels of IGF-1 were significantly increased in all volunteers taking the Capsaicin supplements. At the 5 month stage, all volunteers were showing signs of hair growth promotion from baseline.
The role of Capsaicin and Hair Loss has been in the news recently, but not as a supplement or food item. A myth has started that rubbing chilli paste onto your scalp can help to promote hair growth. A wave of YouTube videos showing people how to make and apply their chilli paste. The theory behind it is the sensation caused on the scalp will promote more blood flow. More blood flow, more nutrients to the cells and therefore healthier hair growth.
In theory sounds like it could help, but in reality all you will do is cause unpleasant irritation on the scalp. In The Metro Dr. Bessam Farjo from the Farjo Hair Institute was quoted on the subject "It's highly unlikely anyone who tries this will see any results, but there is a risk of causing skin irritation and inflammation to the scalp and subsequent hair loss."
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