How is your hair health?
Posted on Thu, 12 Oct 2017
The way one’s hair looks and feels is often seen as a reflection of one’s own identity and personality. Whether in volume, shine, strength or softness, hair may be an essential aspect of female appearance and attractiveness. Unhealthy hair is particularly distressing for women and impacts their psychological and social well-being more than men. According to the Canadian Hair Research Foundation, up to 50 percent of women will experience hair loss before menopause – beyond the 100 to 150 strands of hair shed per day. Thus, women tend to lose satisfaction with their hair as they age.
Since hair follicles are some of the most rapidly dividing cells in our bodies, physiological, emotional, and environmental stressors can take a toll on our hair. Shiny, rich hair is an important attribute of good health, whereas thin, brittle hair may indicate nutritional deficiencies. A research study associated hair loss with cigarette smoking, acute stress, poor sleep, and various medical conditions. Diet and nutritional status, like proteins, minerals, fatty acids, and vitamins, are known to influence hair growth and quality, as they can affect the hair follicles and hair production.
Commercial products meant to fight thinning and damaged hair are widely available. Shampoos and conditioners are applied and rinsed away, but oral supplements may help strengthen the scalp and hair from within. Nutritional supplements can deliver bioactive compounds to each follicle continuously through the bloodstream.
KGK Science Inc. is currently conducting a clinical research study in London to evaluate the effects of a dietary supplement designed to promote hair vitality. The formulation includes vitamins, minerals, and a proprietary blend of active hydrolyzed collagen, methylsulfonylmethane (MSM), horsetail and essential amino acids. Collagen is an essential protein in the hair, skin, and nails, with numerous claims of improving strength and elasticity. MSM is found naturally in plants and animals and suggested to nourish hair by aiding in keratin production. Horsetail extract is a traditional remedy that is rich in minerals to support hair health.
We are currently looking for participants interested in taking part in this new research. All records relating to your identity and study participation are confidential under the Personal Information Protection and Electronic Documents Act. KGK’s clinical trials are conducted under the direction of a Medical Director and Principal Investigator. All studies are reviewed by an independent ethics review board, follow Good Clinical Practice, and are approved by Health Canada.
Each study has its own guidelines – eligibility criteria. To ensure the strongest results, researchers want study participants to be alike in key ways. Examples of eligibility criteria for a treatment trial might be age, gender, weight, height, and/or your previous medical history.
To participate in KGK Science Inc.’s clinical research trial on hair health and growth, you must be a female of 18 to 50 years old without a history of balding, compulsive hair pulling or previous treatment for hair thinning. Additional information will be determined upon telephone screening. There are no out-of-pocket expenses for you to join this clinical trial. Parking at One London Place will be validated, or bus fare provided, and participants will be compensated up to $400 for their time.