If you’re a fan of healthy food, you’ve probably eaten sprouts. These plant shoots add a tasty crunch to salads and sandwiches. Did you know that sprouts, especially pea sprouts, also have incredible benefits for hair? Keep reading to learn more about how pea sprouts benefit hair and which sprouts are best for promoting healthy-looking hair growth.
Sprouts for Hair Growth
Sprouts are the germinated seeds of legumes and grains. While sprouts in grocery stores and restaurants are produced on an industrial scale, you can also germinate your own sprouts at home by soaking and storing beans and seeds.
Sprouts are interesting because they’re more nutritious than the beans from which they sprout. They’re touted as a superfood because they’re simultaneously nutritionally dense and very low in calories. Sprouts are loaded with vitamins, minerals and fiber, all of which are necessary for maintaining a healthy body. Additionally, sprouts have the highest level of phytonutrients out of any plant material.
Sprouts also have several benefits for hair growth. For example, sprouts are a good low-calorie source of nutrients necessary for healthy hair growth including vitamin C, vitamin A, zinc, selenium, and iron. Sprouts are also rich in antioxidants, which are nutrients that protect cells from damaging free radicals.*
So, which sprouts are good for hair? Alfalfa, mung bean, and chia sprouts are all very nutritious, but pea sprouts are especially helpful for healthy-looking hair growth.
Pea Sprout Extract for Healthy Hair
Recent scientific research suggests that pea sprout extract can have incredible benefits for healthy hair. Studies show that pea sprout extract helps shorten the telogen, or resting, phase of the hair growth cycle, accelerating hair follicles’ transition into the anagen, or growing, phase.
In one three-month clinical study, daily topical application of pea growth extract to the scalp resulted in a 8% improvement of hair density. This research suggests that pea sprout extract stimulates the dermal papilla cells to produce signaling molecules that initiate the growth cycle of hair follicles.
Is Eating Pea Sprouts Good for Healthy Hair?
Eating pea sprouts as part of a healthy, balanced diet is definitely good for hair. However, eating sprouts day in and day out can get tiresome. To best take advantage of sprouts’ benefits for hair, we recommend topical application of hair care products which feature pea sprouts as an active ingredient.
Pea Sprouts Hair Products
Many products that promote healthy hair feature pea sprout extract as an active ingredient. However, not all hair care products have proven consumer-tested results.
The Viviscal Gorgeous Growth Densifying hair care products all contain pea sprout extract in their proprietary active ingredient, Ana:Tel™, as part of a formula that promotes thicker-looking, healthier hair. In fact, in a consumer study, nine out of 10 women report seeing thicker-looking hair after one week of using the three products. Learn more about Viviscal thickening hair care products below:
Viviscal Gorgeous Growth Densifying Shampoo
This shampoo cleanses the hair and scalp while promoting the appearance of thicker, fuller hair. We formulated Viviscal Gorgeous Growth Densifying Shampoo with Ana:Tel™, a ground-breaking blend of hair-promoting ingredients include pea sprout extract. Plus, biotin, keratin, and zinc round out the list of hair-loving ingredients in Viviscal thickening shampoo.
Viviscal Gorgeous Growth Densifying Conditioner
A moisturizing conditioner is essential to any healthy hair regimen. Our Viviscal Gorgeous Growth Densifying Conditioner works with our shampoo to hydrate and moisturize hair without weighing it down. We also formulate Viviscal Gorgeous Growth Densifying Conditioner with Ana:Tel™, a mix of hair-boosting botanicals featuring pea sprout extract.
Viviscal Gorgeous Growth Densifying Elixir
This lightweight leave-in hair treatment improves hair quality and boosts volume without a greasy residue. We also make our Viviscal Gorgeous Growth Densifying Elixir with Ana:Tel™ and pea sprout extract.
We recommend using these three hair care products together as a part of a densifying hair care regimen.