Nutritional Support for Hair, Skin & Nails

This is the first of a series of in-depth posts addressing the nutritional support you can provide your body to optimize health, appearance, vitality and slowing the aging process.SkinOfGold Nutritional SupportHair and skin have very similar composition and nutritional needs.  The follicle, the live part of your hair, lives within the skin. It is illogical to think you can have great hair and terribly unhealthy skin.  Your finger and toenails are specialized hair. They don’t look like hair, but they grow from a bed which is a specialized hair follicle.  Scientists have linked them as a parallel phenomenon.

The two most important factors in skin aging are collagen and elastin levels. They both diminish significantly with age.  Reduction in collagen levels, when it is extreme, causes the skin to be extremely thin, revealing vascular tissue that wasn’t apparent when the person was young.  The reduction of elastin causes the skin to lose its tone and sag.  We’ve all seen examples of this.  The skin over the elbows gives a pretty good indication of elastin levels.  One of the tests used to assess your biological age is to pinch the skin on the back of your hand and time how fast the skin flattens out.  People with a high biological age take a long time for this to happen.  With children, you have to be quick with the stopwatch – it’s nearly instant.

Collagen is a major component of the largest organ of your body, your skin, as well as a major component of all of your organs.  So if you look good on the outside, your organs will probably look good on the inside.  Supplying the nutritional requirements for collagen production has significant health benefits.

Vitamin C in abundant quantities is required to manufacture collagen. Very few people consume enough Vitamin C to continue making collagen in their later years.  It’s obvious that you can’t make bread without some kind of flour.  No one would try.  But we try to live without supplying the basic nutrients required to replace our cells as they age and die.

Unfortunately we don’t make our own Vitamin C.  Human beings, guinea pigs, and chimpanzees are the only mammals that don’t make their own Vitamin C. This explains why most pet foods do not contain much Vitamin C.  Apparently, at one point in our history, humans were raw fruit and vegetable eaters.  And if they ever had the ability to make Vitamin C, it was eliminated as unnecessary.  The fruit we eat is picked unripe and has very little Vitamin C in it.  Experts argue whether it takes 900 or 1100 green picked oranges to equal the Vitamin C in one tree-ripened orange.   Orange juice is made from very ripe oranges.  They’re processed immediately after being picked, and the pasteurization destroys nearly all the Vitamin C.

The aforementioned realities leave us 2 choices.  Take some Vitamin C every day or accept aging, disease and all the discomforts and dysfunctions that come with it.  Vitamin C doesn’t cost much, and if you make a habit of taking about 1500mg with each meal, this ritual will become a habit, effortless and unforgettable.

Not all Vitamin C is exactly the same.  There is still some Vitamin C imported from China synthesized from coal tar!  Shame on the FDA and those who are supposed to protect us from impure foods.  This low quality Vitamin C is easy to avoid.  When in doubt, avoid discount store, ultra-cheap supplements.  Having said that, it is important to note that some very competitively priced national supplement brands use the finest pharmaceutical-grade Vitamin C available.

Bioflavonoids, which are available in vegetables and abundant in fruit, suppress the enzyme that eliminates Vitamin C from our blood.  So by taking Vitamin C with Bioflavonoids, we extend the duration that the nutrients are available to our cells.  The difference in cost of Vitamin C with and without bioflavonoids is extremely trivial.  The only reason to use Vitamin C from acerola cherries and/or rose hips …is allergy.  Some people are allergic to Vitamin C extracted from corn.  Most of the Vitamin C available is extracted from raw corn.  Apparently anything and everything can be an allergen.  Sometimes people can consume the Vitamin C from corn, but can’t tolerate the more expensive Vitamin C from acerola or rose hips.   Very few people have these problems – it’s a trial and error situation.

There is much controversy over how much Vitamin C is enough and how much is too much.  Dr. Linus Pauling consumed a min of 7500mg of Vitamin C per day throughout his long adult life.  Often, he consumed many times that level.  The “experts” were sure that he was destroying his kidneys.  When he died of prostate cancer at the age of 91, his kidneys were put on display at the Pauling institute.  They’re in excellent condition and do not reflect the age at which he died, or any abuse due to overdosing on nutrients.  For this reason, recommending 3000-4500mg of Vitamin C daily to healthy adults seems conservative. When scientists measure the amount of Vitamin C produced by horses, dogs and pigs and adjust for body weight, the above recommendations for humans conform to their findings.

The other nutrients required for hair, skin and nails will be discussed in upcoming in-depth blog posts. To receive email notification of Blog Posts and Specials, submit your email address in the Sign-up Box on this page, and you will receive Skin of Gold News on weekends.

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  1. I am very happy to read this article. This is very interesting post for live healthy and handsome appearance. I think nutritional support is very necessary to grow in the proper manner of all human beings. If you would like to know more about nutritional support then you read this post very carefully.

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