Cashew nut shell oil has a long history of use in traditional medicine in Asia, Africa, and South America for pain, inflammation, wounds, asthma, and detoxification. It has recently attracted great research interest due to its high content of anacardic acid – which has strong antioxidant, anti-tumour, and antibiotic properties.
Anacardic acid is a potent phenolic antioxidant that prevents cellular damage, reduces inflammation, and increases cellular repair – resulting in healthy scalp and hair.
Free radicals and reactive oxygen species (ROS) cause cell damage and cell ageing. They are also postulated to increase the conversion of testosterone to DHT (dihydrotestosterone). Increased levels of DHT have been associated with increased hair loss, in particular male-pattern hair loss.
Anacardic acid fights and neutralises free radicals and ROS, preventing them from inflicting damage to our cells and hormone processes, which cause hair loss.
When the health of the scalp and hair follicles is restored – like a well nourished flower bed – hair will grow well and strong, and thrive.
Anacardic acid is a phenolic antioxidant, which has been proven to provide greater cellular protection compared to other antioxidants.
Furthermore, it has been found to activate other powerful antioxidants – glutathione, superoxide dismutase, and catalase. Glutathione and superoxide dismutase are well known for their anti-aging benefits, and you can often find them added to skincare products for this reason. Catalase is another essential enzyme in our body with important protective and anti-aging effects.
Therefore, cashew nut shell extract is not only good for scalp and hair, but also good for skin, overall vitality, and anti-aging.
What makes Hairy Gorilla hair vitamin better than some other supplements?
Our oil extract is harvested from organic, wild cashew nuts. The anacardic acid and trace minerals (iron, calcium, zinc, selenium) are in their natural form and therefore easibly absorbed, and highly bioavailable.
This means that your body can retain and use more of these antioxidants and minerals compared to chemically produced minerals and antioxidants.
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