Dermatologist guide for hair regrowth

“Doctor, which is the best supplements for hair growth and thickness?”

Market is flooded with hair re-growth supplements. But most of them do not work. Dermatocare team did research to find out which vitamins and minerals have studies to support their efficacy in hair re-growth.

Contrary to common belief, Biotin does not work.  Read further to know what is composition of dermatologist recommended hair supplements. We have also listed the top brands of hair supplements in India, the United States and Canada at the end of this article.

How to find the best supplement for hair growth?

We have summarised the finding of research done by Dermatocare below:

Biotin

 

High dose Biotin supplements does not cause hair growth.

 

Studies show that there is no role of Biotin in hair re-growth. Biotin deficiency is very rare in healthy individuals. Biotin is present in most foods. Good bacterias living in your intestine make biotin.

Iron 

Studies show that females with hair loss had low ferritin(iron stores) despite normal Hemoglobin.

 

Therefore, iron supplements are often given for hair loss in females.

Vitamin D and Vitamin B12

Vitamin D and B12 supplements are needed if your blood reports show deficiency (source).

Saw Palmetto

Saw palmetto is naturally occurring 5 alpha-reductase inhibitors similar to Finasteride used for Androgenetic alopecia in males. Saw palmetto is lipid-soluble, thus tea or liquid supplements might not be effective. The best is to use the lipotropic extract in capsules (source). 

 

There are studies to support its role in AGA both orally and topically.

 

However, Saw Palmetto can increase PSA levels by 50%. This makes the early detection of prostate cancer difficult. Do not use in females especially if they are trying  to conceive.

Amino-acid for hair thinning

Amino acid like L-cysteine can help in hair regrowth by providing the necessary building block for hair formation.(source)

Horsetail extracts might not work

It might not help and long term use of horsetail might be dangerous (source)

Marine extracts might help

 

It might be helpful, however, they are usually expensive.

 

Marine extracts from sharks are used in Viviscal capsules. There are have two studies that show a positive effect of using marine extracts for hair loss in both males and females (source). However, both the studies are sponsored by the manufacturer.

Omega 3 and 6 fatty acids are helpful

In a 6-months trial, females with hair loss experienced considerable hair growth with omega 3 and 6 fatty acids (source)

 

Omega 3 and 6 fatty acid promote hair re-growth.

Methylsulfonylmethane or MSM might not help (source).

Inositol might help

Inositol might work as a DHT blocker but studies support its role in hair growth lacking (source). It should be combined with choline for the best results.

 

Best hair regrowth supplement should have:

RDA(Recommended Dietary Allowance) of all the vitamins for hair growth especially calcium pantothenate, Vitamin B12 and Vitamin D3.

Minerals like Iron, Zinc, copper, selenium.

Amino acid especially L-cysteine, Leucine

Herbs like grape seed extracts

Collagen

 

How to take hair regrowth supplements?

Hair re-growth Vitamin should be taken for atleast 3 months to support the growth of new follicle. Besides supplements, you need a hair regrowth diet and apply bio-peptide based hair serum

However, they will not work alone especially in severe cases. We at our online and offline clinic approach hair fall is following steps:

 

BEST HAIR RE-GROWTH SUPPLEMENT FOR FEMALES IN INDIA

TrueBasics Multivit Women

True basic hair vitamin is a whole some vitamin for women that can contribute to increased energy, boost immunity, repair skin, along with promoting hair re-growth. The unique thing is the herbal blend of Actaea racemosa, Asparagus, Licorice & Lutemax 2020 that contribute to overall women wellness. It has 100% RDA of vitamins and minerals that too at affordable price.

 Composition:

  • It has recommended Dietary Allowance(RDA) of Vitamin A, C, B1, B2, B3, B5, B6, B12, E, K along with minerals. These might help in correcting any nutritional cause of hair loss.
  • It has the following Minerals: Calcium, Magnesium, Iron, Zinc, Manganese, Selenium, Iodine, Molybdenum and chromium, and copper
  • It has 5000 micrograms of Biotin that might help in nail growth, though studies supporting the role of high dose biotin hair regrowth is sparse.
  • Might help in hair regrowth by providing 3 amino acids and 12 minerals that can promote the growth of new hair.
  • It has a combination of inositol with choline that has studies to support their role in hair regrowth.
  • It has grape seed extracts that can help in hair growth and acts as a natural DHT inhibitor.
  • Anti-oxidants like lycopene, pomegranate extract, astaxanthin, Curcumin (turmeric extracts)
  • Various herbs for that contribute to women wellness
  • It might be helpful in stopping the progress of premature greying of hair, especially if the cause is a nutritional deficiency.
  • It is free from starch, talc, and other chemicals.

RECOMMENDED FOR: If you feel out of energy, fatigued and fall ill easily, then True basic Multivitamin is for you. If you can’t go for non-vegetarian products, the this is the best choice for you.

GNC Women

GNC Women Skin, Hair and Nail multivitamin comes from the most trusted brand in USA, GNC. This has RDA of vitamin, minerals, anti-oxidants that can help in hair regrowth, boost up energy and take care f bone as well. Collagen in this supplement can help in anti-ageing and boost growth of your hair. We truly loved the  200 mg of calcium and 400IU of Vitamin D in it. You do not need a separate calcium supplement


 

Composition:

  • It has RDA of Vitamin A, C, D, B1, B2, B3, B5, B6, B12, D.
  • Minerals: It has Calcium, Phosphorus, Zinc and Copper
  • 2 most important Amino acids that help in hair re-growth: L-cysteine and DL-Methionine
  • Grape seed extract
  • Potent Anti-oxidants like alpha lipoic acid, Zeaxanthin, lutein, Resevetrol, cranberry extract and citrus bioflavonoids that skin repairing, anti-ageing effect.
  • Hydrolysed collagen help in hair growth and anti-ageing.
  • It is a trusted brand that is known for health supplements.

RECOMMENDED FOR: It is good choice for women who work out regularly because it provide you calcium and Vitamin D to support your bone and joints. If you are heading for menopause, then this vitamin will take care of your bones, skin, hair and nails.

Wellwoman Hair follic

Welllwoman Hair Follic is primarily a hair re-growth supplement researched by Vitabiotics, a trusted brand of supplements in UK. In India, it is marked by Meyers, manufactures Calcimax range of calcium supplements. It is has all the micronutrients needed for hair re-growth including vitamins, minerals, amino acids, inositol, choline and grape seed extract. It also has marine collagen that helps in hair regrowt

Composition:

  • It has RDA of Vitamin A, C, D, B1, B2, B3, B5, B6, B12, E. Unlike other multivitamins, it has a higher amount of vitamins D (600IU), Biotin (75mcg) and Vitamin B12 (10mcg) that are known to be deficient in hair loss patients.
  • It has 10 minerals- Magnesium, Iron, iodine, Manganese Chromium, selenium, manganese, copper, Iron, silicon, zinc
  • It has 2 amino acid-L cystine, L Methionine
  • It has grape seed extract
  • It has collagen that helps in hair regrowth.

RECOMMENDED FOR: If your hair fall issue is chronic or severe, then Wellwoman hair follic is the best choice.

BEST SUPPLEMENT FOR MALES IN INDIA

MuscleXP 

Muscle XP has 36 Nutrients comprising vitamins, minerals, antioxidants, amino acids, health blends. This supplements can boost your immunity, increase energy, repair oxidative damage along with boosting hair growth.

Composition:

  • Muscle XP has recommended Dietary Allowance(RDA) of Vitamin A, C, B1, B2, B3, B5, B6, B12, E, K along with minerals. These might help in correcting any nutritional cause of hair loss.
  • It has the following Minerals: Calcium, Magnesium, Iron, Zinc, Manganese, Selenium, Iodine, and copper
  • It has 5000 micrograms of Biotin that might help in nail growth, though studies supporting the role of high dose biotin hair regrowth is sparse.
  • Might help in hair regrowth by providing 3 amino acids and 12 minerals that can promote the growth of new hair.
  • It has a combination of inositol with choline that has studies to support their role in hair regrowth.
  • It has grape seed extracts that can help in hair growth and acts as a natural DHT inhibitor.
  • It might be helpful in stopping the progress of premature greying of hair, especially if the cause is a nutritional deficiency.
  • It is free from starch, talc, and other chemicals.

RECOMMENDED FOR: If you are looking for affordable supplement of overall health benefit along with correction mild hair fall, then Muscle XP is the best choice.

 

TrueBasics Multivit Men

TrueBasics Multivit Men has 40 micronutrients that contribute to increase energy, boost immunity, increase men virality, promote brain cognition, and repair oxidative damage. The unique herbal blend of Ginkgo biloba, Choline, Celastrus paniculatus improves memory, focus, and age-related decline in brain function. Tribulus, Ashwagandha, Safed Musli, Mucuna Seed extracts improve men virility. Ginseng and Gingko Biloba can help in AGA because they can reduce DHT levels. This is only vitamin with omega 3 fatty acid.

Composition: In addition to ingredients in Muscle XP, it also has:

  • Ginseng and Gingko Biloba can help in AGA because they can reduce DHT levels
  • Omega 3 fatty acids help in hair regrowth
  • Antioxidants like Lutein, Amla and alpha-lipoic acid
  • Herbs for Men wellness

RECOMMENDED FOR: If you are facing corporate stress, decrease energy, low immunity, low virilty along with mild hair fall, then True Basic multivitamin for you.

GNC Mega men

GNC Mega Men comes from the most trusted brand in USA, GNC. This has RDA of vitamin, minerals, anti-oxidants that can help in hair regrowth. It also  boost up energy, increase immunity and repair oxidative damage. It also promote bone mineralisation with 200 mg of calcium, Vitamin K27, and 400IU of Vitamin D in it. You do not need a separate calcium supplement.


Composition:

  • It has RDA of Vitamin A, C, D, B1, B2, B3, B5, B6, B12, E. Unlike Muscle XP, it has 400IU of Vitamin D.
  • Minerals: It has Calcium, Magnesium, Phosphorus, Zinc, Copper, Selenium, Manganese, Chromium, Molybdenum, Iron
  • Grape seed extract, Inositol and choline
  • Potent Anti-oxidants like lycopene, Zeaxanthin, lutein, and citrus bioflavonoids and resveratrol that skin repairing, anti-ageing effect.
  • Pumpkin seed extracts especially help in reducing the activity of the 5-alpha reductase enzyme, therefore, might have an effect on Male pattern baldness.
  • It is a trusted brand that is known for health supplements.

RECOMMENDED FOR: It is good choice for men who work out regularly because it provide you calcium and Vitamin D to support your bone and joints. It can also take care of mild cases of hair fall.

Wellman Hair follic

Welllwoman Hair Follic is primarily a hair re-growth supplement researched by Vitabiotics, a trusted brand of supplements in UK. In India, it is marked by Meyers, manufactures Calcimax range of calcium supplements. It is has all the micronutrients needed for hair re-growth including vitamins, minerals, amino acids, inositol, choline and grape seed extract. It has natural DHT inhibitor, lignin that can prevent progression of AGA in males.

Composition:

  • It has RDA of Vitamin A, C, D, B1, B2, B3, B5, B6, B12, E. Unlike other multivitamins, it has a higher amount of vitamins D (600IU), Biotin (75mcg) and Vitamin B12 (10mcg) that are known to be deficient in hair loss patients.
  • It has 10 minerals- Magnesium, Iron, iodine, Manganese Chromium, selenium, manganese, copper, iron, silicon, zinc
  • It has 3 amino acid-L cystine, L Methionine, L-Lysine
  • Has Inositol, choline
  • Has hair regrowth promoting ingredients Proanthracyanodin, Lignan (from flaxseeds), N-Acetyl cysteine, it has Amino lignan complex that helps in Male pattern baldness.

RECOMMENDED FOR: If your hair fall issue is chronic or severe, then Wellman hair follic is the best choice.

BEST SUPPLEMENT FOR HAIR REGROWTH IN MALES IN THE UNITED STATES

We have reviewed the most popular and most expensive brands of hair supplements in the US. However, only a few have a wholesome composition with vitamins, minerals and  natural DHT blockers as listed below:

Toji: Pure Density

Toji Pure density is primarily an hair regrowth supplement for Male pattern baldness and promote hair regrowth. It has vitamins, minerals, herbs and amino-acids that promote hair re-growth. Saw palmetto, gingko biloba, grape seed extract are natural DHT inhibitors that might help in receding hair line.

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

RECOMMENDED FOR: If you are noticing receding hair line or have family history of male pattern baldness then Toji pure Density is for you.

 

GNC Mega men

GNC Mega Men comes from the most trusted brand in USA, GNC. This has RDA of vitamin, minerals, anti-oxidants that can help in hair regrowth. It also  boost up energy, increase immunity and repair oxidative damage. It also promote bone mineralisation with 200 mg of calcium, Vitamin K27, and 400IU of Vitamin D in it. You do not need a separate calcium supplement.

Composition:

  • It has RDA of Vitamin A, C, D, B1, B2, B3, B5, B6, B12, E. Unlike Muscle XP, it has 400IU of Vitamin D.
  • Minerals: It has Calcium, Magnesium, Phosphorus, Zinc, Copper, Selenium, Manganese, Chromium, Molybdenum, Iron
  • Grape seed extract, Inositol and choline
  • Potent Anti-oxidants like lycopene, Zeaxanthin, lutein, and citrus bioflavonoids and resveratrol that skin repairing, anti-ageing effect.
  • Pumpkin seed extracts especially help in reducing the activity of the 5-alpha reductase enzyme, therefore, might have an effect on Male pattern baldness.
  • It is a trusted brand that is known for health supplements.

RECOMMENDED FOR: It is good choice for men who work out regularly because it provide you calcium and Vitamin D to support your bone and joints. It can also take care of mild cases of hair fall.

Newopure

Newopure is hair regrowth supplement infused with 10 herbs like MSM, amla, Gotu Kola, grape seed, bamboo seed extracts, goji berry etc that promote hair re-growth and thickness. A unique Chinese herb Fo-Ti root is a natural DHT inhibitor. It has Collagen and Keratin that promotes hair thickness in long run. Vitamins, minerals and amino-acid in this supplement further boost up hair re-growth

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)

RECOMMENDED FOR: Male pattern baldness with hair thinning as primary concern

BEST SUPPLEMENT FOR HAIR REGROWTH IN FEMALES IN THE UNITED STATES

1. HairAnew


Pros: Has a 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. Perfectil

 

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. Nature’s Bounty

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 a 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 are not feeling well.

Hope you could find the best supplement for hair re-growth. Do check out dermatologist recommended diet, serum, shampoo, hair oil etc. by clicking this link Hair regrowth: Dermatologist Guide

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