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You need protein in your diet to manufacture the essential amino acids you need for your health and hair. The protein you need on a daily basis comes in nuts, grains, soy,  meat (lean), fish, eggs and dairy products.


Your hair requires two specific essential sulfur based amino acids: methionine & cysteine. Normally you can get the methionine you need from eggs, fish and lean meats. Cysteine plays a direct role in the health of hair follicles. You can find Cysteine in many of the same foods that contain methionine along with red peppers, onions, Brussels sprouts, and broccoli.


Because it gets harder for our systems to manufacture the methionine & cysteine we need from natural sources of protein, if you think your suffering from age related hair loss, you can take supplements of methionine & cysteine with the following caveats:


Methionine & Cysteine Supplements

According to the NYU Lang one Medical Center, you want to limit your supplement intake of methionine to between 800 A  1000 mg.   Additionally you may want to include extra folic acid, vitamin B6, and vitamin B12 to offset Thea  increase in homocysteine, a byproduct of the metallization of methionine, which can increase the risk of cardiovascular disease.


For cysteine, the University of Maryland Medical Center recommends 500 mg daily. Again, you may want to add extra B vitamins to offset any extra production of homocysteine.


If your re currently at risk for heart disease, consult with your doctor before taking extra supplements of methionine & cysteine. Your doctor can check your current levels of homocysteine

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