Soy Protein - Good or Bad for Hair?

Soy Protein - Good or Bad for Hair?

You would think that soy protein is really healthy for your hair but......

Much like coffee, chocolate, and red wine, it seems like health experts have a different verdict on Soy every other week. Sure, there are plenty of studies that tout the bean's many benefits. Depending on where you’re coming from, Soy-based foods like tofu, soy milk, miso, tempeh, and edamame may sound like classic "health" foods. But to some, these food items have developed scary reputations for their purported "disease risk." So how can Soy affect your hair?

Where does Soy come from?
Scientifically known as Glycine max, Soybean is a type of legume found in East Asia. They belong to the pea family. Soybean is considered as the most important bean in the world, economically. It is believed to be originated in Central China as early as 7000 BCE.

It has been used in China, Japan and Korea as a food and for medicinal purpose for thousands of years. Later in 1804, soybeans were introduced to United States and currently, Brazil and Argentina are among major producers of soybeans.

It is one of the cheapest yet richest source of protein and used as staple for millions of people worldwide. Since 1970’s there has been a remarkable increase in consumption of traditional soy based foods and the development of other soy foods such as soy milk, soy sausages, soy cheese as well as soy yogurts.

It is said that Soy-based foods are some of the best foods you can eat on the planet as Soybeans provide a plant-based protein source, vitamins and minerals crucial for reducing risk of chronic disease and fibre that helps you fill up and feel satisfied.

How can Soy affect your hair growth?
You would think that Soy protein is really healthy for your hair, but lets look at the over all science behind Soy (and tofu) on your body. Soy protein is very common protein for working out. But of all the supplemental proteins, it has the highest amount of Arginine per 100 gms. Arginine is extremely anabolic and is the main component in Creatine. Creatine has been shown to raise Dihydrotestosterone (DHT) levels and cause hair loss.

Dihydrotestosterone (DHT) is an androgen hormone, a type of male sex hormone found in both men and women. Androgens are responsible for biological male characteristics like body hair, increased muscle mass, and a deeper voice. It’s thought that DHT attaches to androgen receptors on the hair follicles. The DHT then causes hair follicles to shrink. As a result, the anagen, or growing, phase of the hair growth cycle decreases in length while the telogen, or resting, phase of the hair cycle is extended. The anagen phase becomes shorter over time, until eventually no hair grows past the scalp line. Additionally, the hair shaft becomes thinner as the hair follicle shrinks, so hair begins to thin and is more prone to breakage.

Another factor is that Soy isoflavones have some goitrogenic activity. Goitrogens are compounds that interfere with the normal function of the thyroid gland and put simply, they make it more difficult for the thyroid to produce the hormones your body needs for normal metabolic function. Low thyroid causes hair loss especially in menopausal women.

Which protein is best for me?
The challenge with Soy is about taking the right amount of this bean to maximise its health benefits. A small amount of soy that as found in the Japanese diet, such as tofu, may have minimal affect. However in the western world, there is soy milk, soy hot dogs and a multitude of soy meats that have replaced red meat. The amount of soy isoflavones in the diet has increased dramatically and drinking 8-12 ounces of soy milk could be having a hormonal affect on the human body that was never seen in the past.

If you are taking a Soy Protein supplement for a workout, then you might be accelerating your hair loss and this is where Help Hair comes in...

Help Hair Protein Shakes
Help Hair Shakes have been developed especially to provide the proteins you need, along with all the essential vitamins and minerals to support hair growth and your workout. Help Hair uses Whey Protein Concentrate in all of the shakes. This form of protein powder is less anabolic, so will not cause the same spike in testosterone production as other protein powders may do. This is also a lower dose of protein than is normal than in most protein shakes, again so that the protein can nourish your hair rather than to cause further accelerated hair loss.

The HelpHair shake not only tastes great, but it will also help you accelerate your hair growth! One scoop, twice a day is all you need to keep your hair looking healthier and fuller.