Nutrafol is a supplement marketed to women (and men) suffering from hair loss. They claims that their unique formula is one of the most comprehensive and scientifically advanced hair loss supplements available.
This supplement targets two specific causes of hair loss:
- elevated stress hormones.
By targeting these causes, in addition to the usual nutritional culprits, Nutrafol claims to be better than other hair loss supplements.
They call this formula a “nutraceutical” rather than a straight-up vitamin or pharmaceutical…clever. Nutrafol includes four patented ingredients, which distinguishes it from most hair loss supplements.
I’ve been taking Nutrafol for several months. If you want to skip to my progress pics, scroll all the way down it’s pretty impressive how well this stuff works.
Giorgos Tsetis was a male model who suffered hair loss. The drug he was prescribed to treat his hair loss had a negative impact on his sexual function, as a common side effect.
This experience motivated him to create the best hair loss supplement without the sexual side effects, and he shifted careers from model to entrepreneur.
Mr. Tsetis spent ten years researching and developing the ingredients for Nutrafol. Nutrafol has been on the market in its present form for over two years.
Tell Me More about Nutrafol…
In their own words, this is why Nutrafol stands out from the competition:
Nutrafol is recommended by “prestige salons” worldwide, as well as prominent dermatologists and plastic surgeons. There are quite a few well known dermatologists who recommend this supplement.
Nutrafol has even been reviewed in prominent women’s magazines like Allure.
So What’s In It Exactly?
Here’s the complete Nutrafol ingredients list:
- SYNERGEN COMPLEX PATENT PENDING Hydrolyzed Fish Collagen Type 1 & 3
- Saw Palmetto
- Valensa SuperCritical CO2 Extract >45%
- BCM-95® Bio-Curcumin (Curcuma Longa) 25:1 extract
- Sensoril® Ashwagandha Root and Leaf Extract (10% Withanolides)
- Tocotrienol (Tocomax® 20%) alpha-,beta-,gamma-,delta-tocotrienol
- Hyaluronic Acid Proprietary Nutrafol Blend: L-Methionine, L-Cysteine Hydrochloride, L-Lysine
- Horsetail (herb) Extract (Equistum arvense) std. to 7% Silica
- Resveratrol (Polygonum cuspidatum 50%)
- Fo-Ti (root) Powder (Polygonum multiflorum)
- Black Pepper Fruit Extract (std. to 95% piperine)
- BioPerine® Red Pepper Fruit Extract (std.. to 2% capsaicin)
- Selenium (as Selenium amino acid chelate)
- Zinc (as Zinc Amino Acid Chelate),
- Camu Camu 4:1 Extract Powder (Vitamin C 20%)
- Vitamin D3 (as Cholecalciferol) (from Lanolin)
- Vitamin A (as Beta Carotene)
But what does all that mean?
If you’re a regular reader of this blog, you may already see some ingredients you recognize that are known for their positive impact on hair regrowth – Biotin, Fo-Ti, Saw Palmetto, Zinc…
We also see some big/unusual names, for those patented ingredients. And we also see fish collagen!
Many of the trademarked and patented ingredients are derivations or extracts of herbs we know to help with hair loss.
For example, Curcuma Longa is more commonly known as Tumeric, an herb widely taken to combat inflammation, which plays a role in scalp health and disease. Inflamed scalps do not grow healthy h air.
My analysis: Nutrafol contains a propriety blend of known micro-nutrients for hair loss and inflammation, known herbal remedies for hair loss, and science-y secrets!
The process of obtaining a patent is arduous and expensive; clearly Nutrafol had some serious R&D dollars at play.
How To Take The Supplement?
Take four capsules daily with any meal, any time of day. At 120 capsules/bottle and 4 pills per day, this means one bottle provides a one-month supply.
Nutrafol comes with a hefty safety precaution disclaimer, which I appreciate.
Quite often these supplement makers fail to take into account their allergies or dietary needs when beginning a supplement, and don’t provide specific enough instructions to their customers.
Nutrafol Safety Information:
Important Reminders: Nutrafol does not contain gluten, wheat, shellfish, binders, fillers. While Nutrafol contains natural ingredients free of the side effects that may come with drugs, on very rare occasion there is always a possibility of an allergic reaction. If this occurs, please stop use and consult your doctor.
Do not take Nutrafol if you are pregnant or nursing
If you take oral contraception/birth-control pills, consult with your doctor before starting Nutrafol. Saw palmetto may decrease the effects of estrogen in the body and may decrease the effectiveness of some birth-control pills.
If you are using hormone replacement therapy (HRT) or other hormonal medications, please consult your doctor before using Nutrafol If you are taking anti-platelet drugs or blood thinners do not introduce this product unless you have consulted your physician first. [Note: this last one is likely because of the pepper content, which can act as a blood thinner.]
Nutrafol contains a powerful anti-oxidant tocotrienol / tocopherol complex, a next-generation vitamin E that is 200-percent more bio-available than in traditional formulations. Vitamin E has no known toxicity or side effects except the potential in very high doses to act as an anticoagulant. If you are taking any medications, always best to consult with your doctor.
IMPORTANT: Nurtafol is not suitable for vegetarians or vegans, or people with fish allergies.
However, Nutrafol does not contain shellfish, so it is acceptable for those who keep kosher.
Nutrafol for Hair Loss: Yay or Nay?
Nutrafol has a 4/5 star rating on Amazon.com, with nearly 230 reviews at the time of this blog post. Let’s piece together what makes it great for some and not so great for others. I’m intrigued enough by the ingredients list and background to look closely at the reviews.
Women who love Nutrafol say that it takes some time (2-6 months) but that they see real change. Others say it is absolutely worth the cost for how effective it is.
Some women note that they take only two pills a day vs. the recommended dose of four, and still notice improvement.
Many of the positive reviewers have burned through many other hair loss products before starting Nutrafol.
Their relief in finding something that works for them after the long hunt is truly enviable – most readers of this blog can probably relate!
One woman implored us to give the Nutrafol supplement 3-4 months before coming to judgment.
This woman had tried everything she could find and heard Nutrafol recommended on The Doctor Show by a dermatologist. She used it for two years before writing the review, so I’m gonna take her at her word.
In another positive review, a woman was recovering from bald spots after heavy hair extensions. She started slow, with two capsules daily, and moved up to the four capsule daily dose. She noticed her bald spots filling in and thicker hair.
Many of these positive reviews were written after Nutrafol was taken for some length of time, so I’m inclined to take them more seriously, than, say negative reviews which were written after trying it for only a month or so.
To Recap the Pros:
- Works if you give it time
- Works when other supplements have not
- Fills in bald spots
- Long-term Nutrafol user reviews are online adding a lot to its credibility
- Kosher/does not contain shellfish
Hands down, the price. Everyone who had a bad or neutral experience with this product gripes about its price. $88/month is steep compared to the competition, including Propidren.
I found another interesting tidbit tucked away in both the positive and negative reviews – because of the pepper content in Nutrafol, some people may experience burning or swelling of the gums.
I would posit this is more of an allergic than normal reaction to pepper…I mean, we all use pepper all of the time, practically ever recipe on earth calls for it.
Some also experience stomachaches – again, I would attribute this kind of reaction to a potential allergy, or not taking Nutrafol as recommended (with food).
Finally, because it takes a few months to work, most people will not be able to take advantage of the 30 day guarantee for their full investment.
But, honestly, that’s gonna be true for most hair loss products because of the inherent nature of hair growth cycles – it just plain takes a few months to notice a difference with anything.
To Recap the Cons:
- Inappropriate for those with fish allergies
- Pepper content can be irritating
- Takes time to start working
Is It Worth A Try For The Expensive Price Tag?
I’m intrigued enough to give this one a shot. I’ll be returning to update this blog post, just as I’ve done with other products after trying them out.
Why? Because I like that Nutrafol is up front about how you need to take a large dose (4 pills is a lot!). This may be a little simple, but it makes me feel like maybe I’ll be getting “more” medicine that way.
This may be a little nerdy, but I like their extensive safety warning – it makes me think Nutrafol isn’t just another BS “formula” slapped together in China and marketed thoughtlessly in a rush to make a fortune on the backs of those of us desperate for a cure for our thinning hair.
There’s also something undeniably good to be said for so many named dermatologists and surgeons recommending Nutrafol.
All people taking a supplement (Nutrafol or otherwise) should ALSO be using a DHT blocking shampoo, or a quality caffeine shampoo. Period. Hair loss needs to be treated from the inside and from the outside.
For men and women with a robust hair loss treatment budget, starting Nutrafol is a no-brainer. Because of the ten years of research and development, and the fact that it’s recommended by so many physicians: Nutrafol is worth the investment.
The Nutrafol creator Mr. Tsestis has an interesting perspective, and I’ll share his words on hair loss in closing:
When it comes to hair loss for men and women, there are several causes that disrupt the natural hair growth cycle. Basic vitamins and minerals only act as a temporary bandaid for hair health deficiencies, which is simply not enough. Hair loss and thinning hair means your body is imbalanced and there’s something off, because hair follicles are mini organs.
I love that last line – our hair is not just this dead decoration – it’s a product of thousands of miniature organs, and we have to treat it like a living thing especially when dealing with hair loss due to weakened follicles.
Do come back and check in for my updated review. In the meantime…
Updated Review – October 2017
I’ve been using Nutrafol now for close to three months. I started with two pills a day, rather than the recommended four pills a day, just to make sure I could handle it and the ingredients would not be irritating for me. I recommend that you do the same.
After a week with no reactions or issues, I moved up to the full dose and I’ve only forgotten to take it a handful of days.
I’ve used Nutrafol in combination with caffeine shampoos and nightly rosemary scalp rubs, because I firmly believe in treating hair loss on both the inside and the outside.
While it’s true that Nutrafol contains the fancy marine collagen, I also take a separate bovine collagen supplement. Because why not surf & turf this crap?! (hahaha sorry about that) I’m making up for lost time here with the collagen!
The result? My uncomfortably high hairline and empty temple areas have been filling in with vellus hairs. This helps so much because my hair is dark and I’d much rather see dark hair than empty space on my scalp, even if they are short vellus hairs or “baby hair”.
I will continue to take Nutrafol and report back again in three more months.
Update – December 2017
I’ve been asked to come back and report with pictures of my new growth.
I’m going to ask you to use your imagination for the before pictures- the areas that are thinned in these were in fact empty before I went on this journey. It’s not hard to imagine that. My “about me” photo shows my uncomfortably high hairline and attempt to hide it with hair over my temples.
But now? It may not seem like much to have short vellus hairs framing my face and filling in those gaps, but to me, this is huge.
I hope that as I keep up my treatments that these hairs get longer and stronger, and that these follicles come back to life enough to produce long strong hair.
One result of this new growth is that I’m more comfortable wearing my hair up. I couldn’t do that before (with the exception of having a loose but carefully constructed bun at the nape of my neck) because pulling it back exposed the bald spots.
Product images for this stuff now include a ton of before/after pics: check it out. You can see other women’s hairlines and how they’ve also filled in after a few months of taking Nutrafol.
Update, March 9 2018
I’m still using Nutrafol, and my hair still is filling in. The “baby hairs” are about the same length as my last update, but there is a greater density of them along my hairline.
Take a look!
Does Nutrafol Cause Weight Gain?
For the six months I’ve been taking it, I’ve actually lost about 15 lbs. Of course, I have been exercising quite a bit more, but as a heavier person who tends to put on weight, it’s worth noting that hasn’t happened to me on Nutrafol.
I can only speak for myself, but for me, the answer is no.
A Detailed Assessment Of Nutrafol
While most hair loss products target one cause of hair growth, the supplement Nutrafol targets four!
In this post, I’ll teach you all you need to know about Nutrafol and its many components. That includes:
- How it works and what the product claims it can do.
- The ingredients included, and how they can help to regrow hair.
- What real customers have to say about the product, and what real users looked like before and after use.
- How to use the product most effectively.
- The side effects to consider before beginning use.
- The cost and availability of Nutrafol.
Finally, I’ll share multiple alternative options you can use to combat hair loss on your own.
What Is Nutrafol?
Nutrafol is a supplement produced by Nutraceutical Wellness with the purpose of fighting hair loss and thinning.
How Does It Work?
Unlike many treatment methods, Nutrafol targets four different hair loss causes.
Androgenetic Alopecia (AGA) is the most common cause of hair loss, which is believed to be caused by DHT. This is an androgen hormone produced by the interaction between testosterone (the male sex hormone) and 5AR (an enzyme).
DHT is a necessary hormone, but people with AGA are sensitive to its presence in the hair follicles. As such, when it attaches to the follicle it causes hair miniaturization.
Miniaturization is a process that results in inflammation and irritation. The hair within the follicle begins to thin and, eventually, the follicle becomes so thin that no hair can be produced.
This process also cuts off blood supply to the follicles, which further compounds the problem.
Manages Stress Hormones
Stress is a common condition, which can be either acute (temporary) or chronic (long-term). There are numerous health conditions associated with untreated stress. For example, heart disease, depression and anxiety, and gastrointestinal problems.
It can also lead to hair thinning and baldness, if not treated quickly.
According to Neutraceutical Wellness, Nutrafol’s formula helps to manage stress hormones by reducing cortisol levels. This is especially important in the women’s formula, as stress-related hair loss is more commonly experienced by females.
Fights Free Radicals
As we age, the molecules within our body slowly begin to breakdown. They become free radicals – molecules that are lacking one or more electrons – and scavenge electrons from surrounding tissues.
The only way to combat free radicals is with antioxidants. These are molecules that share their electrons, so surrounding tissues don’t need to give up their own.
By reducing the number of free radicals in the body, you prevent future damage. This includes damage to the skin and hair follicles, which can lead to graying, thinning, and loss.
Inflammation plays a major role in miniaturization, but it’s not always caused by DHT. It can be caused by a variety of other conditions, including dandruff, seborrheic dermatitis, and scalp psoriasis.
According to Nutraceuticals, Nutrafol’s formula contains ingredients that can treat inflammation directly. This can be helpful in treating a wide range of conditions.
As men produce higher levels of DHT than women, the men’s formula contains higher levels of saw palmetto. This is a natural 5AR inhibitor that disrupts the process of DHT production.
Of course, the formula focuses on other causes of hair loss, too. These include stress and aging.
Women can suffer from AGA, just like men. But, while DHT is a cause of hair loss for many women, an even larger issue is stress.
As mentioned above, stress-induced hair loss happens when high levels of cortisol are present.
To treat this unique problem, Nutrafol Women’s formula focuses mainly on stress reduction. It does this by including various cortisol-fighting ingredients, such as ahwagandha.
In February of 2017, the Electronic Retailing Self-Regulation Program (ERSP) released an investigatory report on Nutrafol. More specifically, a competitor (Lifes2Good) argued that many of Nutrafol’s claims were not backed by science.
As a result of this investigation, ERSP determined there were six core messages that Nutrafol could advertise without performing further research. They are:
- “The ingredients in Nutrafol are formulated to strengthen and nourish thinning hair from within.”
- “Nutrafol’s unique ingredients support existing hair growth and maintenance from within.”
- “Key ingredients in Nutrafol have been shown to increase hair growth and provide fuller hair in men with thinning hair.”
- “The ingredients in Nutrafol are designed to provide strong, healthy, beautiful and vibrant hair in women.”
- “Nutrafol contains more than just simple hair vitamins and delivers therapeutic benefits from plant bioactives that vitamins and minerals alone cannot.”
- “Nutrafol was developed with ingredients which address the underlying cause of poor hair health and support general wellness.”
Whether by pure coincidence, or as a result of this investigation, Neutraceutical Wellness began recruiting subjects in February of 2017 for their own clinical trials. Another recruitment posting was created in July of 2017.
While trials are still underway, it’s impossible to say what the results are. However, it does seem Neutraceutical Wellness is focusing on women for now.
The best way to learn about a product is to analyze what’s inside.
Hydrolyzed Marine Collagen
Collagen is a long-chain amino acid, and it’s responsible for the elasticity of the skin and hair. As we age, our DNA begins to attack the natural collagen within our bodies. This can lead to hair miniaturization, as collagen plays a crucial role in the follicles’ health.
Produced naturally by our bodies, hyaluronic acid is a chemical that assists in the transportation of nutrients to cells. It also directs toxins away from cells.
Saw palmetto is a natural alternative to Propecia, the hair loss treatment drug that inhibits 5AR. When found in supplements, it’s present in a variety of forms. For example:
- Powder capsules
- Dried whole berries
- Liquid extracts
In the case of Nutrafol, the form of saw palmetto is dried whole berries. They’re extracted from the plant intact, and then they’re dried using high pressure CO2.
Ashwagandha is an herb commonly used in the Eastern tradition. It’s commonly regarded as regenerative, and it can be used in the treatment of:
In fact, a 2014 comparative study showed that ashwagandha users saw a greater improvement in symptoms than placebo patients.
A form of vitamin E, tocotrienols are a powerful antioxidant. This is the ingredient that is responsible for fighting free radicals.
Also known as vitamin H, biotin is a vitamin that’s important in the conversion of food to energy. It’s also been proven to be beneficial to the health of hair, skin, and nails.
A biotin deficiency is rare, but common symptoms include thinning hair and depression.
Amino Acid Blend
Amino acids are the building blocks of protein. They make up the structure of the body’s cells, which means they play a crucial role in hair growth.
Supplementing with an amino acid blend provides support to the aminos present in your body. It can also facilitate the production of keratin – a protein that makes up 88% of the hair’s composition.
As with any product on the market, not all consumers will be happy with the results (or lack thereof). Quite a few have been using the product for 6+ months, but without any noticeable changes in their hair’s health.
However, quite a few customers have seen favorable results, including hair coming in thicker and appearing fuller. In fact, some customers have even claimed that hair loss has slowed (or stopped completely), and some are even seeing actual regrowth.
How to Use
For both men and women, the serving size for each dose is 4 capsules. For best results, it should be taken with food. This helps it to absorb more fully, and it also makes it easier to remember to take.
The product should only be taken by men and women over the age of 18.
Side Effects and Considerations
As with any supplement, side effects are a possibility.
The most common side effect associated with natural supplements are allergic reactions. The less severe symptoms include hives, itching, and rash.
A more severe reaction includes symptoms such as:
- Widespread hives
- Difficulty breathing
- Swelling of the lips/mouth/throat/tongue
- Nausea and/or vomiting
- A feeling of impending doom
If you experience any of the above symptoms, stop supplement use and seek emergency medical treatment.
If you are under the age of 18, or are pregnant or nursing, do not use Nutrafol.
This is not a supplement suitable for vegans or vegetarians. It contains marine collagen which is derived from Atlantic cod.
The Initial Shedding Phase
This isn’t a guaranteed occurrence, but one that’s common enough to mention.
In short, it’s possible when beginning hair loss medications and supplements to experience excess shedding. This is temporary, and it should resolve within a few weeks to a few months.
The cause of excess shedding is directly related to the hair growth cycle. To understand why it occurs, it’s first important to understand how normal hair growth takes place.
The hair growth cycle occurs in three stages. They are:
- Anagen – The phase of active growth, which lasts anywhere from two to six years.
- Catagen – The transition phase, which lasts anywhere from a few days to a few weeks.
- Telogen – The rest phase, which lasts about three months.
The entire cycle can take up to six years, but not every hair on your head is going through the same phase of the cycle simultaneously. In fact, 90% of your hair is in anagen phase at any given time.
When you begin taking hair growth medications or supplements, it can kickstart the anagen phase of the cycle. This means any hairs currently in telogen phase will be pushed through to anagen, thus resulting in shedding.
On average, humans shed 50 – 100 hairs per day. During the initial shedding phase, it’s common for this number to increase but then go back to normal once your body has become accustomed to the treatment.
Cost and Availability
Nutrafol can be purchased on the website, or on Amazon. It’s quite costly, coming in at $88 per month (if you choose the subscription plan) or $88 per bottle.
Can Nutrafol Treat Hair Loss?
The company claims that Nutrafol combats hair loss on a number of fronts. But, is it good at what it does?
There’s no doubt that the product contains numerous ingredients with proven benefits. When combined, they can be extremely effective in treating thinning and even preventing hair loss.
Should You Use Nutrafol?
The main pro associated with Nutrafol is its all-natural ingredients.
The majority of hair loss treatments on the market contain chemicals. In the long run, these harm the scalp and hair and can lead to further hair loss.
By incorporating only natural ingredients into your treatment routine, you substantially increase your odds of maintaining a healthy scalp. A healthy environment is the best way to begin to regrow your hair (or prevent hair loss from occurring).
Another positive of Nutrafol is its multi-step approach to treatment. For example, Propecia works by targeting DHT while Rogaine increases circulation to the scalp. On the other hand, Nutrafol takes a threefold approach. It blocks DHT, reduces stress, and targets free radicals.
There are quite a few benefits associated with Nutrafol. However, the main con – cost – is a major deterrent for many hair loss sufferers.
This is especially true when you consider that you can purchase many of the ingredients – such as saw palmetto, biotin, and collagen – at a fraction of the cost.
Are There Alternatives?
All in all, Nutrafol is a high-quality natural supplement. However, it’s high cost may deter many individuals from use. So, what can you do instead?
To Block DHT
While blocking DHT isn’t the best way to go, it’s a common route taken by many hair loss sufferers. If this is the route you’d like to take, I highly recommend a natural method.
There are two ways to block DHT: topically, and orally. To prevent side effects associated with DHT blockers, including sexual dysfunction, I suggest you consider topical.
There are many topical DHT blockers you can use, including:
Is it hard to believe that natural herbs can be just as effective than Propecia or similar treatments? There’s scientific research to prove it!
One example is rosemary oil and extract. According to a 2013 study, topical applications of rosemary extract inhibited the conversion of 5-alpha-reductase by 82.4% and 94.6%, respectively:
That’s better than Propecia’s (finasteride) inhibition percentage, which was just 81.9%!
Fortunately, adding rosemary (and other topicals) to your hair care routine is simple. By combining its use with scalp massage, you can increase circulation and better improve your chances of hair regrowth.
Rosemary oil (1-2 TSP)
Pour 1 to 2 TSP of rosemary oil into your palms. Rub your hands together to warm the oil, and then begin working the oil into your scalp. Use your fingertips to gently massage the oil into the scalp, going in slow, circular motions.
Start with small circles, and gradually increase in size.
Be sure to avoid using your nails, as this can cause damage to the scalp and hair.
To Reduce Stress
While women suffer from stress-related hair loss more commonly than men, both males and females can benefit from stress reductions exercises and techniques.
By practicing purposeful breathing, you can activate the parasympathetic nervous system. This particular part of the nervous system is responsible for your body’s unconscious actions (such as the release of cortisol).
You can also increase blood oxygen levels, which means more oxygen will be delivered throughout the body (including the scalp). In this way, you can stimulate the hair follicles and ensure proper nutrients are being delivered.
The particular method I recommend is known as ‘chee breathing,’ and it’s all about inhalation, retention, and exhalation. Simply put, you’ll learn to breathe in a controlled manner.
In a standing position, inhale slowly from the lower abdomen into the chest and, finally, the clavicles. You don’t want to fill the lungs to maximum capacity, but just enough to feel comfortable (about 90%).
As you inhale, visualize the air traveling through your nostrils and deep into your lungs. Once you’re done inhaling, imagine a bubble of air sinking as deep into the lungs as possible.
Hold this breath for 3-5 seconds (though, you may have to work up to this time span if you’re new to the practice).
As you exhale, do so through your mouth in a controlled manner. Try to keep the exhalation even (meaning, don’t blow out hard in the beginning and then soften as you exhale).
For beginners, it can also be helpful to use your arms.
As you inhale, lift your arms into a high arc. As you exhale, slowly lower your arms until they’re by your sides.
I recommend you practice this on a daily basis. To see results, you’ll have to do this for at least a month (though, of course, this is a good long-term practice).
Aside from increasing circulation to the scalp, massage can also reduce tension and relieve stress. When done on a regular basis, you can increase hair loss on two fronts.
To perform a scalp massage, you can use oil (such as outlined above) or not. Begin by placing your thumb, index finger, and middle finger on the sides of your head just above your ears. Slowly work in a circular motion applying various levels of pressure as you go.
After 2-3 minutes, move towards the top of the scalp. Continue massaging in a circular motion, and slowly work your way towards the hairline and temples.
Begin at the middle of the hairline, and move out to the temples. After 2-3 minutes, return to the sides of the scalp, and then work your way towards the base.
This should take about 10 minutes, and it can be performed on a daily (or even twice daily) basis.
To Fight Signs of Aging
The most effective way to fight signs of aging is to directly combat free radicals. This can be done by increasing antioxidants in your body.
Add Antioxidants to Your Diet
There are plenty of delicious foods that are abundant in antioxidants. Some of the best are:
- Spices: cloves, vanilla, turmeric, cinnamon, sage, etc.
- Berries: goji, acai, raspberries, blueberries, blackberries, cranberries, strawberries, etc.
- Nuts: almonds, walnuts, Brazil nuts, pistachio, hazelnuts, etc.
- Dried fruit: raisins, prunes, figs, dates, apricots, etc.
- Beans and legumes: black beans, kidney beans, lentils, pinto, etc.
- Fresh fruits and veggies: the more colorful the better, and try to keep it organic.
Of course, you can eat these foods directly. However, you can also add them to smoothies, which is an easy (and delicious!) way to consume nutrients quickly.
Update March 2019
Due to the expense of using Nutrafol for the last few months I’ve been using the Hairguard Essentials Supplement.
Considering the price is much less it is quite remarkable that I’ve noticed my hair is growing back thicker and glossier than it was ever before.
The Hairguard Supplement contains everything Nutrafol has and more, but at a much more reasonable price, and has been formulated for both men and women with thinning/receding hair.
Having taken a hair growth supplement for a while now I can conclude that it has helped my hair look thicker, glossier and become stronger.
If you’re worried about losing more hair and want to protect yourself against further loss, whilst giving your body everything it needs to support healthy hair growth then a good supplement is recommended.
Nutrafol for me is too much on the expensive side as it stands. Although I do rate the quality of the ingredients, given my excellent results with the Hairguard Supplement that is what I’m going with from now on.
With that said, a supplement is only one small part of your hair care regime. Having good nutrition is the number one importance. Reducing stress, avoiding chemicals, avoiding hot shower water and using a good shampoo are also important.