*** Topical Chemotherapy ***
Emerging scientific evidence has shown that chemo induced hair loss can be prevented, delayed, and completely reversed.
Today, we’ll be sharing Nature Crazy’s 6 exclusive recommendations that can help you utilize to maintain and prevent hair loss as well as help reverse it if you are already going through the process or have finished.
1. Studies have shown that the treatment of cancer patients with chemotherapeutics like cyclophosphamide often causes alopecia as a result of the upregulation of epidermal growth factor receptor (EGFR) which exhibits negative growth effects on certain carcinomas as well as hair follicle cells. This may sound a little complex and it certainly is but in laymen terms it simply means that epidermal growth factor receptor (EGFR) forces your hair follicles to transition from the Anagen hair growth phase to the telogen resting phase where they begin to fall out. For this reason, we recommend utilizing Curcumin and Resveratrol which have both been shown to naturally inhibit epidermal growth factor.
2. Consider using alpha lipoic acid regularly. Besides its benefits of anti-oxidant protection on a variety of actions in the body, researchers say that the antioxidant and anti-inflammatory properties could protect hair follicles from free radicals produced by chemo drugs and a recent animal pilot study showed confirmation that it did indeed reduce chemotherapy induced hair loss. We recommend using 200 mg with breakfast and dinner.
3. We recommend supplementing with magnesium regularly. Parathyroid hormone (PTH) and parathyroid hormone-related protein (PTHrP) influence hair follicles through paracrine and intracrine routes and a study has shown that a PTH and PTHr antagonist significantly altered the hair follicle response to cyclophosphamide chemotherapy in a positive way. In other words, using Magnesium can help naturally modulate an excess of Parathyroid hormone often seen in chemo induced hair loss and increase calcitonin which is responsible for helping your body use other nutrients, like calcium. Without enough magnesium, calcium won’t get into your bones where it’s needed most and can form calcium deposits in your scalp, which can lead to dryness, flaking and hair loss. That is why it’s so critical for those wishing to keep their hair during chemotherapy. We recommend using a quality brand once a day.
4. The fourth exclusive tip we’d like to share with you is utilizing Ecklonia Cava which is one of the most multifaceted supplements you can add to your routine. It is well established that chemotherapy can cause prominent small intestinal and colonic damage as a result of up-regulation of stress response genes and pro-inflammatory cytokines. Possible mediators of this inflammation are the matrix metalloproteinases (MMPs) which have been shown to function in several of the pathways which are known to be up-regulated in those with mucositis and contribute to tissue injury and inflammation in many pathological conditions. What most people don’t know is that this enzyme is also responsible for degrading the human hair follicle. In other words, an upregulation of Matrix metalloppreinase—9 is bad news for your hair. Fortunately, Ecklonia Cava has been shown in studies to greatly inhibit Matrix Mellopretianse 9 and promote hair growth so using it regularly will help take this hair loss obstacle out of your way. We recommend using a quality brand daily.
5. Your diet and the supplements help your body from the inside out, and an effective topical directly addresses the scalp and hair from another front. Avoid chemical based products such as Minoxidil and opt for a natural topical that does not create dependent hairs but rather prevents hair loss and stimulates hair growth in a natural way. You may have heard that certain essential oils topically are effective against hair loss and chemo induced hair loss. Well this is true, a laboratory study conducted by the International Journal of Aromatherapy suggested that clove basil essential oil by itself could help patients with chemotherapy-induced hair loss and another study showed that Rosemary essential oil helped stimulate activity in the hair bulbs and help prevent premature hair loss. You can use both of these on a nightly basis. Also, If you are really experiencing difficulty with your chemo induced hair loss or would just like maximum protection or better convenience you can also opt for Nature Crazy’s Scalp Tonic which includes an additional array of essential oils and other natural powerful ingredients that can help thicken and maintain your hair.
6. The last but not the least step is to avoid traditional shampoos and only use natural hair care products. If you’re wondering what a good shampoo is anything with essential oils or coconut oil. In this case, we also wholly endorse and recommend Nature Crazy’s daily shampoo and conditioner which are both completely natural.
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