Benefits of Copper for Hair Health

Copper is a trace element that has multiple benefits within the human body. It’s required for proper growth, to maintain integrity of the lungs, heart and vascular system, along with the ability to metabolize iron. It’s indispensable when it comes to hair.

Copper supports hair growth, it’s critical for the structure of the hair shaft, and for supporting hair color. A copper deficiency can result in thin and brittle hair and the nutrient affects the thickness of the hair shaft. It also aids in boosting collagen and elastin, both of which can increase the fat cells on the scalp. Those fat cells can increase hair growth, while protecting and strengthening hair follicles.

The body doesn’t require large amounts of copper, but a deficiency can affect hair in a variety of ways. Hair loss can be triggered by inflammation. One way copper helps hair is through its anti-inflammatory properties. The micronutrient also aids in preventing bacteria growth and can help keep the scalp free of flakes.

A variety of studies have been conducted on how copper affects the body. One of the findings was that copper helps the hair shaft hold its color. Studies on graying hair conducted by the National Center for Biotechnology Information indicate it may be potentially beneficial for those experiencing prematurely graying hair and hair loss.

Copper can now be found in a variety of haircare products and there are copper-infused hair brushes. Copper peptides make hair look fuller and thicker by increasing the thickness of the follicle.

It’s important to note that too much copper can be just as detrimental to hair, and overall health, as too little. A healthy diet is the best way to meet the body’s copper requirements. For those concerned about their copper intake, a daily vitamin supplement can be used. There are many causes of hair loss and a copper deficiency is just one of them.

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