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The importance of Shavegrass & B vitamins for healthy hair, skin & nails

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When it comes to beauty products it can be hard to know exactly what you need.  It’s easy to believe the colorful packaging that promises shiny hair and clear skin.  While topical products like shampoos and oils can provide some benefit to improving your hair, skin, and nails, you can’t forget about nourishing your body from the inside, at the cellular level to get that healthy glow. Your skin is technically the largest organ of your body and healthy hair actually starts with a healthy scalp.  So if your goals are to have lustrous hair, strong nails, and radiant skin, our Age Defy supplement can help! 

Let’s find out why!

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You have likely heard about Biotin for improving your hair, but there are other B vitamins that you may benefit from as well! Supplementing with B vitamins like thiamine (B1), and riboflavin (B2) can help too. Biotin can help hair grow stronger and thicker by increasing follicle growth in addition to boosting keratin production. A 2017 study on biotin for hair loss found 18 cases of participants with poor underlying pathology for hair or nail growth.  In all of the cases, patients received biotin supplementation and all cases showed evidence of improvement.(1) There are also case reports that showed biotin improved hair health in children with uncombable hair syndrome. (2) Uncombable hair syndrome just means hair that is dry and frizzy and cannot be combed flat. Who wouldn’t want to see an improvement in that? Riboflavin, biotin, folate and vitamin B12 deficiencies have been associated with hair loss. (3) While you can get these vitamins in the food you eat, some diets can lack these essential vitamins.  So it can be beneficial to supplement this deficiency with a product like Age Defy.  

Shavegrass on the other hand is likely one you have not heard of before.  It is an ancient herb that has been used for thousands of years for a number of things. It is great for strengthening nails and hair because of its high silica content. Silica is an essential element in the manufacturing of collagen. A study from 2016 shows that strands with higher silicon content tend to have lower falling out rate and higher brightness.(4) It may also help to prevent hair breakage.  A 2007 study showed 48 women with fine hair were given 10 mg of silicon per day for 9 months.  They found “it had a positive effect on tensile strength including elasticity and break load and resulted in thicker hair.”(5) Age defy has 200mg of shavegrass! 

Your nail and skin health can also be affected by silica! Silica delivers orthosilic acid to your skin and nails, which has been shown to have a “positive effect on skin surface,” and, “on the brittleness of hair and nails.”(6) In that 2005 study, 50 women were given 10mg of silica per day for 20 weeks, and were asked to evaluate their skin and nails.  After 20 weeks the silica concentration was significantly higher in the subjects with orthosilic acid supplementation, compared to the placebo group.  Scores for nail and hair brittleness also improved! 

Feeling confident in your own skin is so empowering, and taking Age Defy in addition to a healthy diet can help improve hair, nail, and skin health deeper than the surface level.

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