Many of us love to stay on top of the latest and greatest offerings when it comes to supporting our health and beauty goals, if this sounds like you then you most likely have heard about keratin…but what exactly is keratin and why should we consider supplementing with it?
In today’s article, we’ll dive deep into what Cynatine® HNS and TrueHNS is, what the benefits are, and if you should consider adding TrueHNS to your daily routine.
Keratin is a protein that’s an important part of skin, hair and nails, where it helps protect these structures from damage – while helping skin, hair and nails look their best.
Compared to other proteins, keratin contains one of the highest proportions of the amino acid, cysteine – which gives keratin a lot of its structural strength.
In the skin, keratin is mainly found in the cells on the surface layer (epidermis). Here keratin works with other fibers to give the skin strength so it doesn’t easily tear.
In addition, keratin plays an important role helping the skin retain moisture, which is important for having youthful looking skin. As we age, the body’s production of keratin naturally declines. This can result in drier looking skin that loses luster.
You may be surprised to discover that the hair shaft is mostly made up of keratin. Like with the skin, keratin is needed to promote hair strength and moisture. Without adequate keratin, hair can look and feel drier, and be more vulnerable to breaking during brushing and styling.
Keratin is also a key component of fingernails and toenails. The decline in keratin production in the body as we age is often reflected in more brittle nails that can split more easily. In addition, nails can lose their healthy looking color, and appear dull looking.
Your fingernails, hair, and skin need keratin to grow, function, and stay healthy. This protein helps protect these structures from damage and may also be a part of the new cell formation process.
The help you hair, nails and skin stay strong and looking good, taking a quality keratin supplement may help counter the natural decline in keratin production in the body.
Keratin is naturally insoluble and not easily digested and absorbed by the body. This is in part due to the high amount of the amino acid cysteine that is present in keratin. The chemical structure of cysteine makes the job of digestive enzymes very difficult, resulting in poor absorption of the keratin protein by the body.
Traditional sources of keratin include animal horns, hooves, wool, and feathers1. Since the keratin from these sources is naturally not soluble, taking a supplement that uses these sources of keratin in not likely to help your hair, skin and nails.
For the first time, this challenge has been overcome with the introduction of keratin from Cynatine® HNS.
Given the important role of keratin in maintaining strong and attractive looking hair, nails and skin, there is growing interest in taking keratin supplements, but like any other supplement you take, you always want to make sure you are taking one that possesses bioavailability so your body can actually absorb it and use it effectively.
Thanks to revolutionary technology that gently solubilizes keratin obtained from New Zealand sheep’s wool and maintains its bioactivity, a natural soluble keratin protein is produced called Cynatine® HNS.
With Cynatine® HNS you have a natural keratin ingredient that is safe, easily digested and bioavailable. This means you can help your body replenish keratin that gets depleted as years go by.
Cynatine® HNS is made from keratin extracted from premium quality pure New Zealand wool. The wool comes from carefully chosen farmers located in the Canterbury area of New Zealand that provide complete traceability. Note: No animals are harmed at any stage of the wool harvesting process.
Research with Cynatine® HNS keratin found that taking 500mg a day as a dietary supplement can help improve the appearance and strength of hair, nails, and skin.
Supplementing with Cynatine® HNS keratin orally has not only been shown to be safe, but has also been shown to support the overall look and feel of hair.
In one scientific study, women between the ages of 40 and 71 years old who took 500mg of Cynatine® HNS keratin daily for 90 days experienced notable improvements in hair appearance compared to their counterparts who got a sugar-based placebo2.
Specific benefits included increases in hair strength and hair shininess and brightness. In a “hair pull” test that evaluated how easily hairs could be removed from the scalp, those taking Cynatine® HNS fared much better than the placebo group.
Note: we urge caution in using “keratin treatments” from hair salons, which are often used for hair straightening or to create shine. These can contain or release formaldehyde, and exposure has reportedly been a problem for those who utilize hair treatment products with keratin regularly. High levels of repeated exposure have been linked to numerous illnesses and health issues3.
It also should be noted that no such concerns exist with taking Cynatine® HNS as a supplement.
As observed with hair, in the same study the women taking 500mg of Cynatine® HNS daily nails also were shown to benefit from keratin supplementation with increased strength and improved appearance.2
Thanks to revolutionary technology that gently solubilizes keratin obtained from New Zealand sheep’s wool and maintains its bioactivity, a natural soluble keratin protein is produced called Cynatine® HNS. With Cynatine® HNS you have a natural keratin ingredient that is safe, easily digested and bioavailable.
Some of the specific benefits after 90 days included improved hardness and smoothness, resistance to breaking, and improved luster and natural appearance.
In a randomized controlled trial those supplementing with 500mg of Cynatine HNS keratin showed significant improvements in the appearance of their skin after 90 days compared to the placebo group.4
Specific benefits included reducing the appearance of wrinkles, increased skin moisture, smoother looking skin and improved skin elasticity.
Whether you’re looking to improve the health of your hair, nails or skin, I bet you’re wondering where to find Cynatine® HNS. That’s why we’ve created TrueHNS™ which features Cynatine® HNS, the biologically active source of keratin protein!
In addition, TrueHNS™ is formulated with Orgen-Bio™ organic biotin which comes from the sesbania plant. Among other things, biotin can help support the formation of keratin protein in the body. Plus, TrueHNS™ contains an organic bamboo extract that is 75% silica. In addition to strengthening brittle hair and nails, silica can help increase collagen production which is necessary for healthy looking skin.
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Bottom Line: Keratin is an important protein that can help your fingernails, hair, and skin to grow, function, and stay healthy. Whether you're looking to increase nail strength, improve skin appearance, or add more shine to your hair, TrueHNS™ may be the difference maker!
|- Maryann Walsh, MFN, RD, LDN|
|Maryann is a Registered Dietitian, Certified Diabetes Care and Education Specialist and a Certified Personal Trainer. Maryann pursued the study of dietetics and nutrition because from a young age she became conscious about making healthy decisions and how they can affect our overall health and happiness. Maryann wanted to become a dietitian in order to share her passion and enthusiasm for all things health and wellness with others and to help guide individuals on a path to a healthier lifestyle. Maryann possesses bachelors degrees in Biological Sciences and Dietetics as well as a masters degree in Food and Nutrition. Read more from Maryann!|