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5 Best Supplements For Hair Regrowth (2019) that really work: Dermatocare Research

Written By Dermatocare Research team

Last updated: 25/09/19

Scared of losing hair, every time you run a comb through your head? Know someone, who have tried everything, yet they are going through hair-fall at a constant pace? There are thousands of hair oils and supplements to help you with the hair regrowth, but how will you ascertain which one is best suited for you?

 

Dermatocare went ahead and conducted extensive research to see which micronutrient can help in regrowth of hair and which are the best supplements available in the market for the US, UK, India and Canada.


Before you start the hair fall treatment, you need to know the cause of the hair fall as discussed in this article, Dermatologist Guide for hair loss. Treatment of cause (if possible) is absolutely necessary for the long-term cure of hair loss.

 

Here are the key points to know before shopping for hair growth vitamins:

  • High dose Biotin (5000-10,000 micrograms) supplements are not needed until unless you have a decreased level of biotin which is very rare.  Biotin is indiscriminately used for promoting hair growth. However, this study (source) proves that biotin does NOT have a role in hair regrowth until unless there is evidence of biotin deficiency, which is is very rare (source) because

    • most foods have biotin

    • the daily requirement of biotin is very low

    • Intestine flora produces biotin.

  • Iron supplements are helpful even if your haemoglobin is normal because iron stores might be depleted. Studies show that female with hair loss had low ferritin despite normal Hemoglobin(source).

  • Vitamin D and B12 supplements are needed if your blood reports show that they are deficient (source).

  • Saw palmetto useful in male pattern baldness: Saw palmetto is naturally occurring 5 alpha-reductase inhibitors similar to Finasteride used for Androgenetic alopecia in males. There are studies to support its role in AGA both orally(source) and topically(source).

However, it can increase PSA levels by 50% making the early detection of Prostate cancer difficult. Thus, you should always discuss with your doctor that you are taking Saw palmetto supplements. Saw palmetto is lipid soluble, thus tea or liquid supplements might not be effective. Best is to use the liposterolic extract in capsules (source). It should NOT be used in females especially if they try to conceive.

  • Amino acids might be helpful: Amino acid like L-cysteine can help in hair regrowth by providing the necessary building block for hair formation.(source)

  • Horsetail extracts might NOT help and long term use of horsetail might be dangerous (source)

  • Marine extracts might be helpful, however, they are usually expensive. Marine extracts from shark are used in Viviscal capsules. There are have two studies that show a positive effect of using marine extracts for hair loss in both male and female (source). However, both the studies are sponsored by the manufacturer itself.

  • Omega 3 and 6 fatty acids are helpful: In a 6-months trial, female with hair loss experienced considerable hair growth with omega 3 and 6 fatty acids (source)

  • Methylsulfonylmethane, or MSM might NOT help (source).

  • Inositol might help: Inositol might work as DHT blocker but studies supporting role in hair growth lacking (source). It should be combined with choline for the best results.

 

TAKE AWAY MESSAGE:

  • A good hair vitamin should have a Recommended Dietary Allowance  (RDA) of most vitamins, minerals and amino acids along with Inositol and Omega 3 fatty acids.

  • There is no use of eating hair vitamin that contains high dose Biotin alone. 

  • Most hair supplements can cause stomach upset and feeling of fullness, so always eat them after meals.

  • Hair vitamins should be taken for at least 3 months before results might show up and continued for 6 months.

 

 

Based on the above points here is the list of best supplements in India.

BEST HAIR SUPPLEMENTS IN INDIA:

 

1. NutrineLife Biotin Hair Skin And Nails 

NutrineLife Biotin Hair Skin And Nails tops the list because it contains RDA of most vitamins, minerals and amino acids. It has high dose biotin which might help in nail growth. Lastly, it comes in a chemical-free vegan capsule.

 

2. MuscleXP Biotin Hair Skin and Nails Complete Multivitamin​ 

MuscleXP Biotin Hair Skin and Nails Complete Multivitamin​ comes second on our list. The composition of Muscle XP is almost similar to NutrineLife supplements except for the Biotin which is 30 microgram and it has chemical additives like bulking agents, anti-caking agents etc.

 

3. The Blessing Tree Biotin Skin, Hair and Nail 

The Blessing Tree Biotin Skin, Hair and Nail multivitamin has a similar composition to Muscle XP.

 

4. Healthvit Mulvit A To Z Multivitamins and Minerals​

Healthvit Mulvit A To Z Multivitamins is a good option for taking as a regular multivitamin for health, rather than hair regrowth. 

 

5. Morpheme

Mrpheme Hair supplement has herbal extracts like Bhringraj, Amla, Shikakai, Brahmi, Ashwagandha, Shankhpushpi. These can be taken along with the nutritional supplements. However, they might not be helpful alone especially if nutritional deficiency is the cause. Also, Herbal supplements should not be taken if the fire element is high or if you Pitta Prakriti.

 

BEST SUPPLEMENT FOR HAIR REGROWTH IN US

We checked the composition of the most popular hair supplements on amazon.com with regards to the presence of the following:

  • Vitamins
  • Minerals
  • Amino acids
  • Omega-3 fatty acid
  • Anti-oxidants
  • DHT blockers
  • Herbal Extracts
  • Allergy information (if available)

Given below is the synopsis of 

Best supplements for Male pattern hair loss:

Hair growth supplements for males with natural DHT blocker(Should not be taken by females who are trying to conceive)

 

1. Toji: Pure Density | Hair Vitamin Supplement 

Pros: Has vitamin (A,C,E,D,B), minerals(Calcium, Iodine, zinc, copper, selenium), saw palmetto, amino acids, Inositol+choline, herbal hair growth promoters, omega-3 fatty acid, anti-oxidant

Cons: Cautious use in allergy-prone because has soy, nuts, wheat, fish

Toji: Pure Density 30 Day Supply is also available in Canada.

 

 

2. Natural Wellbeing Hair Essentials Natural Hair Growth Supplement

Pros: Has many natural DHT blockers, vitamin A,C,E, biotin, omega 3 fatty acid, amino acid, herbal extracts like amla, horsetail, flax oil

Cons: Does not contain many Vitamins, Minerals, collagen

 

3. Newopure: Natural Hair Growth Vitamins

Pros: Has Vitamin (A, C, E, B), minerals (calcium, zinc, copper, selenium, manganese), the therapeutic concentration of biotin, herbal hair growth promoters, antioxidants, amino acids, natural Chinese DHT blockers(Fo-Ti)

Cons: No omega 3 fatty acid


 

 

Best hair supplements for females(not pregnant or lactating):

1. HairAnew (Unique Hair Growth Vitamins with Biotin) 

Pros: Has therapeutic concentration of Biotin, Vitamin (A, C, E, B), Zinc, Inositol, herbal extracts (Gingko Biloba, kelp, bamboo). No soy, gluten, egg, wheat, fish, nuts. Suitable for vegans and vegetarians

Cons: No omega 3 fatty acid

 

2. Vitabiotics Perfectil Hair Multivitamin 

Pros: Has Marine Collagen, Vitamin (B, C, D, E) minerals(magnesium, iron, copper, selenium, manganese, chromium, iodine), amino acids and powerful antioxidants like grape seed and bioflavonoids.

Cons: Non-vegetarian, No omega 3 fatty acid, No herbal hair growth stimulants, Not for people with seafood allergy

 

3. Boom Supplements Hair Growth Supplements

Pros: Has Vitamin (A, C, B, D, E), minerals (Zinc, Iron, Manganese, Magnesium, Copper, Molybdenum, Selenium), amino acids and powerful antioxidants

Cons: Not for people with soy allergy, No omega 3 fatty acid, No herbal extracts

 

Kindly note: 

DHT blockers should NOT be taken by females of childbearing age because they might cause birth defects in the male child.

Do not take any supplements without talking to your doctor if you are on regular medications, pregnant, lactating, have a chronic illness, or not feeling well.

We have tried our best to provide the right information, but we recommend you to read the label carefully and consult your physician before using the above supplements. If you spot an error in the above data, please write to us on info@dermatocare.com.


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