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What Does AHK-Cu Do?

AHK-Cu can affect several different cellular processes simply by influencing the levels of two molecules – VEGF and transforming growth factor beta-1 (TGF-β1). By increasing VEGF levels, AHK-Cu can activate fibroblasts and endothelial cells. Fibroblasts are responsible for the production of collagen and elastin, two complex molecules that influence skin tone, texture, and flexibility. Endothelial cells line blood vessels and are essential to blood vessel health and growth. The combined effects of activating fibroblasts and endothelial cells are improved skin flexibility, improved wound healing, and decreases in fine lines and wrinkles. Research using human skin cells grow in a laboratory has shown that AHK-Cu can increase collagen type I production by as much as 300%.

AHK-Cu Research and The Reduction of Wrinkles

Copper and copper peptides are common additives in things like sunscreen and skin creams. Research in animal models indicates that AHK-Cu is an effective stimulator of collagen synthesis. Collagen has several important effects on the skin. First, it provides structure to the skin and makes it tauter. Second, collagen attracts water. When water enters the skin, it hydrates cells as well as the extracellular matrix, which can reduce the appearance of fine lines and wrinkles [1]. Simply put, AHK-Cu can reduce wrinkles in animal models.

AHK-Cu Research and Hair Loss

AHK-Cu affects hair loss in two ways. First, it promotes the growth of blood vessels by stimulating the secretion of VEGF. Blood vessels are necessary to supply nutrients to hair follicles. Studies in animals show that AHK-Cu not only improves blood flow to existing hair follicles, but that it can promote the growth of new hair follicles by encouraging the growth of blood vessels. The second way that AHK-Cu affects hair loss, at least in animals models, is by down-regulating TGF-β1. DHT (dihydrotestosterone) is the major hormone involved in male pattern baldness and thinning hair in both men and women as they age. DHT produces many of its effects through TGF-β1. By down-regulating TGF-β1, AHK-Cu can directly reduce the impact of DHT and protect hair follicles from negative stress

This ingredient has proven effects demonstrated in many of our products including, but not limited to: Rapid Brow, Rapid Hair, Rapid Nail growth

The photo above is with 3 months of applying to the scalp.