How Copper Peptides Boost Hair Growth And Stop Hair Loss
Hair loss, as a common problem and by age 50, pattern hair loss affects about half of all males and a quarter of all females.
Scientists may have found a cure using Cu-GHK, a peptide that was discovered to regrow hair with effects comparable to that of Minoxidil in treating androgenic alopecia.
What Are Copper Peptides?
GHK-Cu or Copper Tripeptide-1 can be found in the human body. However, as we age the level drops from around 200ng/ml to 80 nl/ml. As the name suggests, they contain the element copper, as well as 3 amino acids linked together–which is what makes it a peptide.
It is established that GHK-Cu is able to:
– Tighten loose skin and reverse thinning of the aged skin
– Repair protective skin barrier proteins
– Improve skin firmness, elasticity, and clarity
– Reduce fine lines, depth of wrinkles, and improve the structure of the aged skin
– Smooth rough skin
– Reduce photodamage, mottled hyperpigmentation, skin spots, and lesions
– Improve overall skin appearance
– Stimulate wound healing
– Protect skin cells from UV radiation
– Reduce inflammation and free radical damage
– Increase hair growth and thickness, enlarge hair follicle size
– Improve hair transplant results
The specific copper peptide, GHK-Cu has been proven to fight inflammation, stimulate hair growth and decrease hair loss in several ways:
1. Copper Peptides Block The DHT Found In The Scalp
Copper Peptides including GHK-Cu help encourage hair growth by blocking the hormone dihydrotestosterone (DHT) which has been shown to curb hair growth. DHT is converted from testosterone thanks to the enzyme known as 5-alpha reductase. Copper peptides however, can help to stop this process because of their ability to obstruct the enzyme, therefore blocking the production of DHT and further hair loss.
DHT is the leading cause of male and even female hair loss, and thus it is no coincidence that hair loss increases as the amount of copper peptides in our body decreases.
2. Copper Peptides Increase Hair Follicle Size And Inhibit Follicle Death
Copper peptides not only play a significant role in regenerating new hair growth, but they can also make your existing hair look and feel thicker by increasing the follicle size. The hair will have a thicker and fuller appearance.
As referenced, this molecule has anti-inflammatory properties. Since an autoimmune reaction is what usually triggers hair loss leading to inflammation, the damage can be repaired fast with GHK-Cu presence.
3. Copper Peptides Stimulate Blood Flow To The Scalp
All the organs in our body need oxygen, and our hair follicles are no different. Without the ample amount of oxygen, our hair follicles are unable to thrive, and because our hair health and hair growth is determined by our hair follicles, it is extremely important that we address our hair troubles directly from the root.
Generally, as you grow old, peripheral circulation in your capillaries can deteriorate and result in hair loss on your scalp. GHK-Cu has been proven to improve circulation at that micro-level, allowing follicles to continue growing hair normally.
Copper peptides assist in the increase of oxygen with their ability to produce new blood vessels from previous vessels. This process is known as angiogenesis and is often associated with certain forms of exercise. Similarly to our bodies when we perform aerobic and endurance exercises, when copper peptides increase the amount of blood vessels in our hair follicles, the amount of nutrients and oxygen is also increased, ultimately leading to healthier circulation and hair growth.
4. Copper Peptides Increase Collagen And Elastin
Not only do copper peptides assist with hair growth and microcirculation, but they have also been shown to encourage the production of collagen and elastin. Collagen and elastin are both structural proteins that can be found in connective tissue.
Because copper peptides help to boost collagen and elastin, they also increase the fat cells on the scalp. According to study on hair growth performed at Yale University, an increase in fat cells on the scalp could significantly increase hair growth as it strengthens the hair follicles.
5. Copper Peptides Prolong The “Growth Cycle” Of Our Hair
Your hair is always in one of three stages: Anagen (growth phase), Catagen (transition phase), or Telogen (resting phase). The anagen or “growth” phase of the hair generally lasts between 3-5 years and this is the state most of our hairs are in at any given time.
Copper peptides have proven to extend the life of the growth phase. This means they not only trigger the anagen phase, but also extend it. Copper peptides trigger the anagen or “growth phase” of the hair follicles, causing hair to grow where it previously ceased, resulting in new hair growth that will be stronger and last longer than ever.
The way it works is by increasing follicle size, which in turn contributes to hair growth. GHK-Cu peptide consists of copper ions that are responsible for inhibiting the production of DHT (ddihydrotestosterone, which is a major cause of hair loss. Another way it works is by encouraging the production of blood capillaries that assist in transporting nutrients essential for hair growth to the follicles. While much of the buzz about GHK-Cu peptide has been about promoting hair growth, it is also responsible for the production of collagen. Collagen is responsible for promoting thick hair and volume, which means you will enjoy the benefits of hair growth as well as having healthy hair. Copper peptides are also known to act as antioxidants. These are responsible for bolstering the fibre integrity of your hair, helps in preserving your hairs color and shine, and also protecting it from harmful rays from the sun that may cause damage.
Are There Any Side Effects?
While there has been no evidence that GHK-Cu peptide causes any major side effects, there have been cases where some users have complained of allergic reactions. Copper can cause harm to our bodies when it is excess, and it is most likely the reason why some users experience allergic reactions.
It is evident that GHK-Cu peptide not only offers the promise of healthy hair growth, but they also have numerous other advantages in our bodies.
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