What is the best protein powder for hair growth?
Drink Wholesome is the best protein powder for hair growth because it is made with 100% real foods. Our chocolate protein powder, for example, is made with egg whites, coconut, cocoa, and monk fruit. Ingredients like these are not only better for you, but also better tasting. Order samples to see for yourself.
Can protein powder promote hair growth?
Men and women experiencing hair loss or thinning often wonder whether dietary supplements like protein powder can help restore growth or prevent further loss. Many of these people start using supplements without consultation in hopes that they will kick-start hair growth. This decision is usually driven by the supplement industry itself.
Hair plays an important role in how people are perceived and provides information about age, health, status, etc. It is therefore not surprising that those affected by hair loss or thinning are desperate to find a solution. Direct-to-consumer companies take advantage of this vulnerability and market their products as a quick-fix to hair loss and thinning.
Although protein deficiency may impact hair structure and growth, the relationship between nutrition and hair growth is complex. There is an enormous amount of literature and conflicting evidence on the subject, and it is hard to say whether a given dietary supplement will promote hair growth.
Many studies about supplementation and hair growth have been published, but most of them examine a variety of nutrients, making it unclear what role, if any, is played by protein. For instance, one widely cited study included the effects of L-cysteine, a constituent of keratin (the protein in hair), in combination with medicinal yeast and pantothenic acid. Moreover, most of what is known about protein intake and hair loss is based on studies about people with a nutrient deficiency. There is very little research about the effects of protein supplementation in individuals without a nutrient deficiency.
My goal here is not to discourage you from using protein powder to promote hair growth. Instead, it is to encourage you to be skeptical of companies that advertise their products as a quick fix to hair loss and thinning. These supplements might help, but they might also be a waste of money.
Hair is made of a protein called keratin and hair follicles are among the most metabolically active cells in the body. Boosting your protein intake, especially if you are not getting enough protein, may therefore help with hair growth.
If you have done your research, and decided that you need protein powder, more powder to you. Just be sure to read the ingredients label because not all protein powders are created equal.
Dairy-based protein powders can cause side effects like bloating, constipation, cramps, diarrhea, gas, and stomach pain, especially for people with lactose intolerance or irritable bowel syndrome (IBS). Common dairy-based protein powders include casein and whey protein powder, both of which are byproducts of cheese and yogurt production.
Casein and whey protein can also cause acne. Dairy indirectly stimulates insulin production, which regulates sebum production. Sebum, an oily, waxy substance produced by your body’s sebaceous glands, can clog your pores and cause pimples. Dairy can also hinder your ability to process blood sugar efficiently, which can cause inflammation, especially in your skin.
If your casein or whey protein powder causes acne or stomach pain, it is time to look for a new protein powder. My recommendation is egg white protein powder. Unless you have an egg allergy, egg whites will not cause acne or stomach pain. Moreover, egg whites are, from a nutritional standpoint, as effective as casein and whey at helping you achieve your fitness and nutrition goals.
“This egg white protein powder is anti-bloat, anti-blood sugar dips, anti-artificial tasting. Seriously the best protein powder I’ve EVER tried (I’ve tried literally every brand on the US market, all types of protein powder too). The product is amazing, period.” – Elizabeth
Avoid food additives.
Another thing to look out for when buying protein powder is food additives. Although food additives are not necessarily bad for you in small quantities, they can add up quickly, especially if you drink a protein shake every day. At higher quantities, food additives can cause nasty side effects.
First of all, because food additives are heavily processed and look nothing like real foods, we can have trouble digesting them. As a result, they sit in our guts for longer and ferment. Fermentation produces gas, which can cause bloating, cramps, and stomach pain. Gas slows colonic transit and can lead to constipation too. Food additives can also disrupt regulatory pathways in the intestine and cause the development of inflammatory bowel disease (IBD) and systemic inflammatory disorders.
What exactly are food additives?
As a rule of thumb, food additives are ingredients that you cannot pronounce. Not sure what to look for? Here is a list of the most food common additives in protein powder:
acacia gum, acesulfame potassium, artificial flavors, aspartame, carrageenan, cellulose gum, dextrin, dextrose, erythritol, gellan gum, guar gum, gum arabic, inulin, locust bean gum, “natural” flavors*, maltodextrin, rice syrup solids, soy lecithin, silica, sucralose, sunflower lecithin, xanthan gum, xylitol *Natural flavors are NOT natural.
You may have noticed that this list includes several artificial sweeteners. Some artificial sweeteners may be bad for the stomach because they alter the composition of our gut microbiota, the collection of microorganisms that help us digest food. This can lead to serious stomach pain and widespread inflammation. Some artificial sweeteners, especially sugar alcohols like xylitol, can also cause diarrhea because they draw water into the gut.
Avoid protein concentrates and isolates.
Finding an additive-free, dairy-free protein powder is hard. Finding an additive-free, dairy-free protein powder that actually tastes good is next to impossible. Why? Most protein powders, especially plant-based protein powders, are made with protein concentrates and isolates, foods chemically and/or mechanically stripped of everything but the protein.
Protein concentrates and isolates are listed as “whey protein” and “soy protein” as opposed to “whey” and “soy.” Unlike real foods, they are missing the nutrients – healthy fats, complex carbohydrates, etc. – that make food taste good. If you have ever had a protein shake with a chalky aftertaste, you know exactly what I am talking about.
Real foods taste better.
The main ingredients in our protein powders are egg whites and chickpeas. Egg whites are simply broken, pasteurized, and dried before becoming protein powder. Chickpeas are simply dried and ground.
Unlike protein concentrates and isolates, both egg whites and chickpeas have a neutral flavor with little to no aftertaste. The egg whites that we use are particularly delicious because they were broken, pasteurized, and dried less than twenty four hours from when they were laid. The result is a flavor without the saltiness or sulfur “eggy” notes typical of eggs.
Again, protein powder should taste good. Remember, it is just food. If you find yourself choking down your protein shake, you are missing out. Life is too short for protein powders with a chalky aftertaste. Moreover, if consuming protein powder is a chore, it is not sustainable in the long term. A diet is not a six-week affair, it is for life. Think twice before spending your hard earned dollars on a supplement that tastes bad.
Drink Wholesome is the ONLY protein powder made with 100% real foods. Our vegan vanilla protein powder, for example, is made with chickpeas, coconut, vanilla, and monk fruit. Ingredients like these are not only better for you, but also better tasting. Order samples to see for yourself.
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This content is not intended to be a substitute for professional medical advice, diagnosis, or treatment.