Used for thousands of years in India as a spice and medicinal herb, turmeric is widely acclaimed as a superfood in the world of dietary medicine.
Traditional healing methods use turmeric to treat chronic skin conditions, body aches and pains, and to treat digestive conditions.
Benefiting the brain and body, the main active ingredient in turmeric, curcumin, is found within the root of the turmeric plant and is responsible for the medicinal properties in the herb to lower DHT levels and increase hair growth.
To understand how curcumin works, it is important to look at 5-alpha reductase which is located in the liver, skin, and prostate and converts testosterone into dihydrotestosterone, also referred to as DHT. Curcumin has known properties to decrease high levels of DHT, which is responsible for hair loss, by blocking the action of the alpha-5 reductase enzyme. High levels of DHT are attributed to male pattern baldness, referred to as androgenetic alopecia.
Curcumin acts as a powerful anti-inflammatory and acts a potent immunomodulator to counter the inflammatory nature of hair loss. DHT levels affect acne, prostrate and hair growth.
Curcumin has known properties to reduce or restrict DHT in the bloodstream, allowing for proper circulation to the blood vessels. Curcumin is generally considered safe for treating hair loss and stimulating new hair growth by suppressing abnormal androgen receptor expression (AR), which plays a role in hair growth.
Because curcumin is often poorly absorbed on its own, its bioavailability, or rate at which the body absorbs its proprieties, requires a secondary supplement to enhance its absorption. For optimum absorption, the fat-soluble curcumin is best taken with a meal high in fat. Bio-Perine®, a powerful modulator in assisting a healthy gut, may enhance the absorption of curcumin by up to 2,000 percent.
Curcumin and Bio-Perine® are used in LOCKrx® DEFENSE as an anti-inflammatory, to calm scalp tissue, and for its adaptogenic properties that help the body to adapt to physical and emotional stress. DEFENSE is a supplement in a powdered form that starts the anti-inflammation process for the entire body as well as gut health, to help reduce inflammation and to offer an internal environment with the essential elements necessary to support healthy growth patterns for hair, skin and nails. Taking DEFENSE for two weeks prior to starting a supplemental regimen ensures maximum absorption and efficacy of the supplements.