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What is Nutrafol?
Nutrafol is a first of its kind breakthrough ‘smart’ supplement with standardized botanicals that are clinically proven to target the multiple root causes of hair loss and thinning hair. Comprised of 20 ultra-pure natural ingredients, it harnesses the restorative powers of special botanicals that work synergistically to combat stress, hormonal imbalances, aging, free radicals, inflammation and many more factors underlying weakened follicles.
How is Nutrafol different from biotin and other hair vitamin, mineral and marine collagen supplements?
Vitamins and minerals such as biotin and zinc, as well as protein (collagen) – are all important for hair growth because they provide the necessary nourishment (building blocks) and serve as coenzymes in the mechanics of hair production. However, science shows that at the root of hair loss, there are numerous underlying triggering factors such as aging, stress, and hormonal imbalances. Furthermore, at the follicle, these factors lead to a never-ending cascade of inflammation, injury and free radicals! So as important as hair nutrition is to the production of a hair strand, this production would be impossible without first rebalancing the scalp environment and healing the follicle. Think of the analogy: watering a withering plant wouldn’t do much if its roots were suffering in sick soil, right?
Similarly, nutrients alone cannot heal a sick follicle! For this, you need the anti-inflammatory, stress-busting, hormone-rebalancing and antioxidant-building properties of therapeutic botanicals. NUTRAFOL leverages on these innate capacities of healing plants and is comprised of natural nutraceutical ingredients – potent extractions that are clinically proven to effectively combat the multiple factors at the root of hair loss and thinning hair. While it has all the additional daily-recommended vitamins, minerals and proteins for healthy hair growth, NUTRAFOL really goes beyond simple hair nutrition – making it a first of its kind nutraceutical supplement for hair loss related to inflammation, hormones, and stress.
How does Nutrafol work?
Science shows that a true long-term solution to hair loss and thinning hair must be comprehensive and address all 4 stages of healthy hair growth. It must:
STEP 1: Synergistically target all potential triggering factors of hair loss, stabilize harmful levels of DHT and reduce stress hormones to halt follicle damage.
STEP 2: Break the cascade of chronic inflammation and oxidative stress that disrupts hair growth, cycling and signaling.
STEP 3: Help revive dormant follicles by supporting healthy immune signaling, improving circulation and the structural environment – empowering the follicles to heal.
STEP 4: Stimulate the growth cycle and provide the hair vitamins and other building blocks for healthy hair growth, once balance is established.
Nutrafol leverages on the multi-dimensional properties of therapeutic power plants that MULTI-Target all 4 stages. The standardized botanical extracts in
Nutrafol have been clinically proven to target the triggers underlying hair loss like stress hormones and DHT, to fight inflammation and free radicals, to support the immune system, the growth cycle and to improve circulation. Once the follicle is healed, the additional hair growth vitamins, minerals and amino acids provide the necessary building blocks for healthy hair growth.
When it comes to supplements for hair growth, is there a need for separate male and female formulations?
In short – YES, absolutely, definitely without a question YES. The causes of hair loss in women differ measurably from the factors underlying hair loss in men. Men for instance produce more testosterone and convert more of that testosterone to the more potent form – Dihydrotestosterone (DHT). It follows that although DHT is a factor in hair loss in women, it plays a much much greater role in men. Ingredients such as Saw Palmetto have been clinically proven to lower the hair damaging DHT hormones. Since men produce more and are more sensitive to DHT, they naturally require significantly higher doses of phytoactives like Saw Palmetto.
Hair loss and thinning in women is now being tied to many outside factors that likewise need to be addressed with appropriate ingredients. It is therefore essential that a hair loss supplements be formulated separately for the two genders.
What is a nutraceutical? Are all nutraceuticals created equal?
– “nutraceutical” = two words “nutrient” (a nourishing component) and “pharmaceutical” (bioactive)
– A Nutraceutical is isolated from food, botanicals or herbs – that in addition to nutritional value (similar to hair growth vitamins), also demonstrates biological activity and specific physiological effects in the body.
Not all nutraceuticals are created equal! For exponentially better efficacy and safety, phytoactive ingredients should be:
- Standardized to contain guaranteed amounts of bioactive phytonutrients
- Clinically Tested for Efficacy and Safety in clinical studies showing specific bioactivities, health benefits and protection against chronic disease.
To ensure maximum efficacy and safety, Nutrafol uses the highest quality, standardized, clinically tested and patented botanical nutraceutical ingredients.
Why use nutraceuticals for hair loss and thinning hair?
Because thinning hair is a multi-factorial problem that requires a multi-targeted hair loss solution. And unlike simple hair vitamins, phytonutrients in nutraceutical extractions from botanicals – posses an innate capacity to synergistically multi-target
When should I start Nutrafol?
At the first signs of balding, thinning or changes in hair quality, or even before. Here is a daunting statistic: 50% of the follicles have to be affected before thinning hair could be observed with the naked eye! So it is important to take an early preventative approach, especially if you feel you are genetically predisposed. It is much more difficult to revive follicles, than it is to prevent them from being assaulted in the first place. Nutrafol uses potent botanical extracts that target the route causes of hair loss, preventing its progression – which makes it an excellent preventative and regenerative.
Is hair loss reversible?
Yes! Many types of hair loss are reversible. Many follicles are dormant – they can be reactivated by removing triggers that force them into resting or dormancy. By focusing on rebalancing DHT and cortisol levels, decreasing inflammation, and then repairing the damaged and dormant follicles, one can revitalize the follicle resulting in new hair growth.
Can potent botanical extracts help stimulate hair growth and slow thinning?
Yes! Many botanicals, when taken orally (or internally), have been shown to actively combat the underlying causes of hair loss like DHT, stress, free radicals, as well as block the consequences of those causes – inflammation and oxidative stress at the follicle. By addressing these factors with the potency of standardized phytoactives, these botanicals are able to halt or even stop hair loss and thinning from within, as well as prevent hair loss in the future! Furthermore, many of the botanical ingredients used in Nutrafol have also been shown to elevate growth factors and cytokines that are used to signal anagen or the growth phase of the hair cycle. A hair loss treatment that can stimulate the anagen phase is effectively reactivating dormant follicles and producing new hair growth! Just one botanical ingredient in Nutrafol alone was shown in a clinical study to increase hair growth on average by 34%.
Albeit this is only the case if the follicle is still alive. If the follicle is long gone, like in advanced scarring alopecias or in later stages of miniaturization of follicles in andrgogenic alopecia where the follicles is replaced with skin tissue, no supplement or drug can help regenerate its hair growth. So it is important to intervene early and take a preventative approach to hair loss and thinning. And even where new growth is not possible, the ingredients in Nutrafol can still protect and revitalize follicles that remain alive.
What is the clinical evidence supporting Nutrafol’s efficacy against hair loss and thinning?
In addition to hair growth vitamins, Nutrafol contains key patented nutraceutical ingredients, potent botanical extracts that have been proven in human clinical trials to combat the leading underlying causes of hair loss. The targets studied in these clinical tests include: aging, elevated levels of stress hormones (cortisol), DHT, inflammation, free radicals (oxidative stress) and many more follicle compromising factors. One ingredient alone (EVNOLMAX), a potent form of Vitamin E extracted from Evnol SupraBio® that’s been shown in a clinical study to increase hair growth on average by 34%. Another ingredient, Sensoril Ashwagandha, was proven in a clinical study to decrease levels of hair damaging stress hormone Cortisol by up to 30.5% and improve resistance to stress in chronically stressed adults.
The efficacy of these ingredients is known through years of scientific research and evidenced by the considerable time and resources spent by our ingredient partners to create safer, more concentrated, more effective and more bioactive versions of these proven botanicals.
How soon can I see results from Nutrafol?
To see results it is recommended to take Nutrafol for at least 3 months and for best results, at least 6 months. The botanicals within Nutrafol are not drugs, they instead act by targeting the triggers of hair loss and by rebuilding the hair follicle environment from the inside out – and that takes time! Plus, each follicle on our head is in its own individual phase of the hair growth cycle. Some follicles are closer to entering the growth phase than others. So it is important to give follicles the time they need, so they cycle through their resting phases and enough of them enter into the growth phases and grow new hair – so changes in your overall hair actually become visible.
That being said, although everyone reacts a little different, most people start to see initial changes within a few weeks. These changes happen in 3 steps:
Step 1 – (month 1-2) Reduction in hair loss, improvement in hair quality and thickness + additional side benefits:
– Reduction of stress levels
– Improvement of skin health and more
Step 2 – (month 3-5) Further reduction in hair loss, thicker/fuller hair and new hair growth. Many customers report that hair also grows longer and faster.
Step 3 – (month 6 and further) New hair growth in thinning areas and further hair health improvement. Plus long-term hair loss prevention and anti-aging benefits.
Is Nutrafol suitable for everyone?
Nutrafol has individual formulations for adult men and women over the age of 18 of all hair types and ethnicities. Nutrafol is not suitable for women who may be pregnant or breastfeeding, or for children under 18 years of age. If you have a medical condition or taking medications, it is always advisable to consult your doctor before taking any new supplement.
Does Nutrafol contain drugs?
No, Nutrafol is 100% drug-free
Is Nutrafol FDA approved?
The FDA approves prescription and over-the-counter drugs, not supplements. And Nutrafol is an all-natural supplement that is a 100% drug-free. That being said, Nutrafol is manufactured in an FDA-certified facility that adheres to the requirements of the United States Food and Drug Administration (FDA) and uses Current Good Manufacturing Practices (CGMPs), ensuring its safety.
What if I don’t have hair loss, and I just want fuller, healthier, longer, faster-growing hair? Can Nutrafol help? And is it still safe to take?
There are no known side effects when taking Nutrafol, in fact there are what we call healthy “side benefits!” Nutrafol ingredients are as safe to take, as they are essential for achieving an optimally balanced scalp environment – to nourish the follicles and ensure thicker, fuller, healthier hair growth. Outside of hair loss, if you are experiencing other conditions of poor hair health (including thin hair, dry hair, brittle hair, breakage, etc.) – Nutrafol can help. It provides the ingredients necessary to rebalance and optimize the scalp, combat inflammation and free radicals, improve circulation, deliver nutrients (vitamins, minerals, amino-acids), as well as improve their diffusion – ensuring the follicle gets the protein and nourishment it needs to grow fuller and healthier hair. We know many women and men who do not suffer from hair loss, and take Nutrafol as a preventative or to achieve healthier, fuller and even faster-growing, longer hair.
Is it true that there are no negative sexual side effects when taking Nutrafol?
Unlike some synthetic hair loss drugs (Finastride and Dutasteride) that are associated with potentially devastating sexual side effects, there are no negative sexual side effects from Nutrafol. We believe beautiful hair and a healthy sex drive should go hand in hand. We shouldn’t have to make a choice between the two, and neither should you. That is why we use plant-based medicine to achieve the same DHT-blocking effects. In fact these same plants, Saw Palmetto and Ashwagandha, are known to stimulate libido and improve sexual functioning when taken daily. No wonder these wise plants have been used as aphrodisiacs for thousands of years! So yes, it’s true – there are no negative sexual side effects from using Nutrafol, but there may be some surprisingly pleasant side benefits.
Are there any other positive, healthy “side benefits” I may experience from taking Nutrafol?
Yes, absolutely, and that’s the best part! The powerful botanical ingredients in Nutrafol are as safe and effective, as they are healthy for you and for your overall wellbeing! The standardized plant extracts in Nutrafol have been shown in clinical testing to exert many other positive effects, including: reduced feelings of stress, improved libido, reduced fatigue, improved sleep, decreased sugar cravings, improved blood glucose levels, improved circulation and blood flow, boosted immune system and many more. Many of our customers report these additional benefits and others. Plus, most experience a significantly faster and stronger nail growth as well.
Can stress cause hair loss?
Yes, stress and hair loss are absolutely related, and we are here to tell you how. Research shows that undeniably, stress causes inflammation and free radicals around the hair follicles and drives them into the regression phase of the hair cycle, which is followed by hair loss. Read more here.
How does stress cause hair loss?
Stress raises the amounts of the hair-damaging stress hormones. It elevates the levels of corticotropin-releasing hormone (CRH), which forces the adrenal glands to produce excess stress hormone cortisol. High and constant levels of stress cause adrenal glands to become overactive due to increased demand for cortisol and in some cases even lead to adrenal fatigue. When we think about the effects of chronic stress and high cortisol levels, we think of weight gain, especially around the midline, of headaches, fatigue, anxiety, poor sleep quality. We don’t often think of what those that cortisol is doing on a molecular level. As it turns out, high cortisol levels can deplete collagen, counter insulin and cause sugar spikes, decrease bone density, throw your other hormones off – and what’s more, actually act on the follicles to inhibit hair growth. In fact, follicles have receptors for CRH and for cortisol, and can even make more cortisol themselves in response! All of this eventually leads to oxidative stress and inflammation at the follicle – the two primary culprits that contribute to hair loss.
Additionally, with sustained stress, the nerve endings next to the follicles in the skin release other neuro-immune molecules like substance P. Excess amounts of these molecules near the follicle lead to release of even more inflammatory factors and free radicals. And you thought your follicles didn’t know when you are stressing about your deadlines, traffic, and bills!? Think again, the skin is the largest organ in the body and it responds to every signal you send. Now, each follicle has a unique ability to shield itself from inflammation with something called the Immune Privilege. However, even this protective mechanism has now been shown to collapse in the presence of molecules like substance P as a result of emotional or physical stress.
How do stress hormones negatively impact the hair growth cycle?
In our bodies, all communication happens through signaling molecules. In the follicles, too, very specific molecules are released to signal the follicle to either produce hair growth (anagen), regress (catagen), or rest (telogen). Chronic and elevated levels of stress hormones generate damaging inflammatory molecules that disrupt this perfectly regulated hair growth cycle signaling, sending the signal for the follicle to go into the regression phase and stop hair production.
Are there ingredients that can help combat hair-damaging stress hormones and molecules?
Health is our responsibility and lifestyle is huge when it comes to easing stress…but there comes a time when everyone needs a little help. When it comes to addressing stress in hair loss, it’s encouraging that although the stressors can’t always be eliminated (no, we won’t be completing your deadlines), the effects of stress on your hair follicles and on your health can be tackled with stress-fighting properties of plants. Isn’t it amazing, no synthetic in the world can effectively de-stress you, but a stress adaptogen can!
Stress adaptogens, a rather new concept to western medicine, are a group of plants and mushrooms that when taken on a daily basis, lead to homeostasis and rebalancing of metabolic processes in the body, thereby conferring it with a greater ability to resist and recover from stress. Ashwagandha is one of the best-known stress adaptogens that’s been used in Ayurvedic medicine for thousands of years for its ability to bring the body into balance, build energy and resistance to stress, and to create an overall improved sense of wellbeing. It combats stress through the well-documented properties of its key bioactives to not only stabilize cortisol levels, but to also boost the immune system and improve the body’s own antioxidant defenses. Curcumin, an extract of Turmeric, is a potent anti-inflammatory and antioxidant that has been shown to counter stress-induced substance P, counter hair-damaging inflammatory molecules, while also increasing factors that support the follicle Immune Privilege.
We went out of our way, seeking only the best in plant technologies to find non-toxic, pure plant ingredients that actually work. These nutraceutical technologies isolate the most active plant parts and concentrate them for extra potency, in standardized amounts. Sensoril® Ashwagandha in Nutrafol is known for its highest content of stress-adaptogenic bioactives. No wonder it was clinically tested and was proven to decrease levels of hair damaging stress hormone cortisol by up to 30.5% in chronically stressed adults. Our bio-optimized BCM-95® Biocurcumin is standardized to contain no less than 95% curcuminoids (the active parts) and to be 700% better absorbed and utilized by the body than conventional extracts.
We take it as our greatest mission to raise awareness about these plant-based medicines, to show science behind how they work and to reveal real plant technology.
INGREDIENTS & MANUFACTURING
Where is Nutrafol manufactured?
Nutrafol is manufactured in the USA in a GMP certified facility. Good Manufacturing Practices (GMP) are a set of guidelines outlining a system of processes and procedures which gives you the assurance that Nutrafol is produced in a sterile environment and that it contains what is written on the label.
Our facility has been in business for over 20 years and is committed to meeting the ISO 9001:2008, NPA/NSF GMP, CCOF & QAI Organic and ISNA Halal standards that are consistent with FDA and international cGMP regulatory requirements. Our facilities are registered with the FDA, and inspected by the Department of Agriculture. Ingredients are tested for proper identification, purity and for the presence of heavy metals, pesticides and other chemicals. Testing of the final product for microbiological safety before being packaged occurs with every lot.
Does Nutrafol contain any ingredients that are Genetically Modified Organisms (GMO)?
No, Nutrafol is completely GMO-free!
Is Nutrafol gluten-free?
Yes! Nutrafol does not contain gluten.
Does Nutrafol contain common food allergens?
No. Nutrafol is made with vegetable cellulose capsules. It DOES NOT contain soy, eggs, dairy, gluten, milk, peanuts, shellfish, tree nuts, wheat, yeast, artificial flavors or artificial colors. If you have severe allergies, please read through the ingredient list carefully. Please discontinue use if you experience any adverse effects. Consult your doctor.
Does Nutrafol contain additives, artificial colors/flavorings, soy?
Unlike some of our competitor hair growth vitamins, our orange colors and flavors are a 100% from nature. They come from the very botanical ingredients that comprise Nutrafol, like the deeply orange extract of turmeric – Curcumin. Similarly, unlike many other hair growth supplements on the market, Nutrafol doesn’t use additives like soy lecithin. Why avoid soy lecithin? Because it was found to be strongly estrogenic and disruptive to thyroid and other hormone production. Plus, it contains an anti-nutrient known as phytic acid that binds to minerals such as iron and zinc (both important for hair growth) – impairing their absorption and countering the very effects we are trying to achieve.
See? We’ve done our homework! Now we ask you to compare the labels and find out for yourself.
Bottom line, we make sure that everything we put in our bodies (and yours) is a 100% nutritious, safe and free of unnecessary synthetic additives.
No hidden agenda, no hidden ingredients, no compromise.
Does Nutrafol contain shellfish?
Unlike hair loss vitamins of our competitors that use a marine complex derived from fish proteins in shark and mollusk powder, Nutrafol is free from all shellfish and shark.
What is the source of your marine collagen?
We care for our bodies and for our planet. Many other hair growth vitamins contain marine collagen from various marine sources, including shark. We believe that there is no “sustainability” when it comes to fishing endangered species like shark. That is why we use marine collagen sourced from the scales and skin of wildly caught salmon – otherwise unconsumed and unused parts of the fish. This way we know we are using all that nature so generously provides, without abusing it or contributing to over-fishing.
Why is the marine collagen hydrolyzed?
Marine collagen is basically a collection of polypeptides or chains of amino acids linked together forming large protein molecules. When ingested, some of these are broken down into smaller ones. Science shows that once ingested, these smaller molecules migrate to the skin and serve as biological messengers that help in wound healing and trigger synthesis of new collagen fibers in injured tissue, like unhealthy follicles and scalp. So our marine collagen is hydrolyzed from larger molecules that are about 300,000 Daltons to smaller ones of approximately 2,000 Daltons to make it easier for them to be absorbed and get where they need to go – to your scalp.
What is the difference between the Nutrafol for Men and Natrafol for Women?
The causes of hair loss in women differ from the factors underlying hair loss in men. Understanding these different needs, we custom formulated Nutrafol for women, separately from Nutrafol for men. The amounts of individual ingredients are adjusted according to those needed to target specific triggers in each gender, according to clinical studies. For instance, one function of Saw Palmetto is to reduce the amount of DHT circulating around the follicles. Since DHT plays a much greater role in hair loss in men, the men’s formulation naturally has much more Saw Palmetto. Similarly, thinning in women is now being tied to many outside factors so the amounts of ingredients in the women’s formulation are adjusted accordingly – less saw palmetto, more collagen, etc. Shhhh….we can’t give away all our secrets!
The Nutrafol capsules seem more/less yellow from the last time I bought it. Is this normal?
Yes, nature is never stagnant, always moving – as for us, we just follow along. Nutrafol is created with non-toxic, non-synthetic, botanical ingredients that come from the earth. So with each batch, these powerful nutritious ingredients may have slight natural variations in color – and that’s okay!
Why do we use high-quality expensive Nutraceutical ingredients over cheaper conventional “naturals”?
Simply put, because we care. We make sure that everything we put in our bodies (and yours) is a 100% genuine, free of unnecessary toxic additives, and effective.
Not all ingredients are created equal and not all that is “natural” is healthy for you. Often, “natural” products contain heavy metals, GMO’s, toxic pesticides, synthetic additives.
We went to all corners of the world and sought out the latest in hair science and plant technologies to find non-toxic, pure plant ingredients that actually work.
These nutraceutical technologies isolate the most active plant parts and concentrate them for extra potency, in standardized amounts. What’s more, our ingredient partners developed patented methods of extraction that don’t use harmful solvents, like hexane that are toxic for you and denature the very extracted bioactives that are supposed to do the work. Pioneered and non-toxic technologies like super-critical high pressure CO2 extraction not only preserve the natural activity of the bioactive plant compounds, but also have less environmental impact.
How do we know these ingredients work? Because they have been clinically tested on humans, like us.
Why are Nutrafol ingredients standardized, clinically tested and patented?
The key ingredients in our Synergen Complex are clinically proven for their efficacy. These evidence based ingredients measure up to the gold standard of scientific research. Evidence based research is the new paradigm in the supplement sector. Unless an ingredient has been tested for its efficacy, there is no way to determine how much of the bioactive constituent has been effectively preserved and extracted, so you never really know if it is doing what it claims it is supposed to do.
The premium nutraceuticals in our Synergen complex are extracted using patented extraction methods ensuring preservation of full spectrum phytonutrients, standardized to specific amounts – so you know exactly how much of a bioactive you are getting. Furthermore, to enhance their bio-efficacy or how well they actually target cells, some ingredients have been produced in a manner that makes them up to 700% more bioavailable (more bioactive and better absorbed by the body) than their standard counterparts – as shown in clinical tests.
Are there any general guidelines I should be aware of when starting Nutrafol?
Remembering to take Nutrafol is easy – just time it to a meal! The fat-soluble vitamins A, D and some of the botanical actives like Curcumin (extract of turmeric) and the tocotrienol complex require the presence of some dietary fat to be absorbed. There are lots of awesome, naturally healthy fats in even the most health-conscious meals – avocados, coconut oil, olive oil are only a few that come to mind. So just remember to take the daily dose of 4 capsules a day with some food or a meal for optimum results, no more and no less.
Nutrafol is for adult usage only (18+ years old) so please keep out of reach of children. Nutrafol is also not suitable for women who may be pregnant or breastfeeding. If you have a medical condition or taking prescription medications, it is always advisable to consult your doctor prior to using any new dietary supplement, including Nutrafol.
To see results it is recommended you take Nutrafol daily for at least 3 months and for best results, at least 6 months.
What is the best time of day for me to take Nutrafol?
The best time of day is when you are most likely to remember to take your daily Nutrafol with some food. Several of the nutrients in Nutrafol are better absorbed in the presence of some dietary fat, so taking it with a food will enhance Nutrafol’s effects. That’s why we think the best way to remember is to time it to a meal – any meal!
Can I take Nutrafol at night before going to bed?
Yes. It doesn’t matter when you take your Nutrafol, as long as you take it with some food. So, it’s fine to take Nutrafol at night before going to bed, as long as you take it with some healthy dietary fats.
Why is it important to take Nutrafol with food?
Several of Nutrafol vitamins for hair growth (including fat-soluble vitamins A and D), as well as plant actives like Curcumin and the tocotrienol complex – are better absorbed in the presence of some dietary fat. So taking Nutrafol with food will improve their absorption and enhance Nutrafol’s effects. There are lots of awesome, naturally healthy fats in even the most health-conscious meals – avocados, coconut oil, olive oil are only a few that come to mind. So just remember to take the daily dose of 4 capsules a day with some food or a meal for optimum results, no more and no less
Why is it important that I take 4 capsules a day for maximum results?
In short, because we created Nutrafol to actually work – and 4 capsules is what it takes to do the job!
A sprinkle of an ingredient is all it takes to list that ingredient on a label – and that’s what many supplement companies do. To ensure that our ingredients in Nutrafol do what they are actually supposed to do, in the amounts they are supposed to do it in – we included clinically proven and recommended daily amounts of each ingredient.
So the 4 Nutrafol capsules are in fact a carefully calculated sum of the exact amounts of our ingredients which have been clinically shown to have their designated effects. These amounts have been shown to successfully combat stress, hormonal imbalances, aging, free radicals, inflammation, improve circulation and support many other mechanism underlying healthy hair growth.
The directions state taking 4 pills once daily. Can I take 2 in the morning and 2 at night?
Yes, as long as you are taking the full dose daily and taking it with some food or a meal each time. It does take more discipline however to remember to take that second dose each day. We are busy bees just like you, and we’ve tested it on ourselves. It’s easier to remember when you make it as simple on your schedule as possible and take it all at once, with a meal!
I don’t like swallowing pills; can I take Nutrafol out of the capsules?
If for one reason or another you prefer to not take capsules, do not worry – yes, you can take Nutrafol out of capsules. The capsules can be easily opened up and the contents can be mixed into a smoothie or yogurt. We recommend smoothies or yogurt to improve the absorption of our fat-soluble vitamins and plant actives. We would advise adding a dose of a healthy fat like coconut oil to your mix.
What if I forgot to take Nutrafol for a few days? How is that going to affect my hair health?
Forgetting to take Nutrafol on an occasional day or two or even a few more – won’t affect the results, but regularly skipping your dose at various times over the initial 3-6 month period may. Keep in mind that protecting your hair requires discipline. For best results, be consistent in taking your 4 capsules of Nutrafol on a daily basis. The more days that are missed, just takes you further away from your best possible hair health and growth.
Why do you recommend taking Nutrafol for a minimum of 3-6 months?
The botanicals within Nutrafol are not drugs, they instead act by targeting the triggers of hair loss and by rebuilding the hair follicle environment from the inside out – and that takes time! So as much as Nutrafol does, it doesn’t work overnight – really, nothing that works on hair follicles does. All the follicles on our head are in their own individual phase of the hair growth cycle. Some follicles are closer to entering the growth phase than others. So it is important to give follicles the time they need, so they cycle through their resting phases and enough of them enter into the growth phases and grow new hair. Changes in your overall hair become visible when enough follicles have cycled through into new growth phases. The time frame where we have seen changes become visible has been 3-6 months which is why we suggest everyone try it for 6 months to be certain. For a detailed description of what to expect monthly, please read here.
Can I stop taking Nutrafol after the initial 3-6 months and keep my results?
Once you top taking Nutrafol your regular hair growth patterns may slowly resume, and the results you’ve gained may or may not remain, depending on the reasons underlying your original hair loss. For instance, if the causes of your hair loss were temporary such as an acute psychological stress or temporary dietary/hormonal/environment imbalance, the hair regrowth stimulated by Nutrafol will not be affected if the cause is long gone or now managed. If however, the underlying causes of your hair loss are ongoing, then discontinuing Nutrafol may eventually result in slow return to your regular hair growth pattern before Nutrafol. Like any anti-aging product that works to reverse the physical damage of stress, environment and age, Nutrafol has to be taken to receive its benefits. That being said, unlike some synthetic pharmaceutical hair loss formulations that “bandage” or mask the underlying causes of hair loss, Nutrafol ingredients work to rebalance the actual environment of the follicle from the inside out. Therefore, discontinuing it doesn’t result in sudden hair shedding, such as seen with topical formulations like Minoxidil.
I'm very happy with the results, can I reduce my dosage to 2 pills a day?
While we do not recommend reducing the dosage, some customers have continued to take Nutrafol on a maintenance dose of 2 capsules daily. With a dose of 2 capsules however, we can’t guarantee the same effects. Please read why it’s 4 capsules daily. If you do choose to reduce the dosage, we recommend you carefully monitor your daily hair health over the next couple of months to see if you should be taking the full dosage.
What happens when I stop taking Nutrafol, do I have to take it for life?
Once you stop Nutrafol, your regular hair loss patterns may or may not slowly resume, depending on the reasons underlying your original hair loss. If the causes of your hair loss were temporary such as an acute psychological stress or temporary dietary/hormonal/environmental imbalance, the hair regrowth stimulated by Nutrafol will not be affected if the cause is long gone or now managed. If however, the underlying causes of your hair loss are ongoing, then discontinuing Nutrafol may eventually result in slow return to your regular hair growth pattern before Nutrafol. Like any anti-aging product that works to reverse the physical damage of stress, environment and age, Nutrafol has to be taken to receive its benefits.
That being said, there are no side effects associated with discontinuation of Nutrafol, such as those seen with the discontinuation of some pharmaceutical hair loss formulations like Minoxidil. With a topical pharmaceutical like that, the follicles get used to the regular stimulation by the synthetic medication and are shed once it’s gone. The plant ingredients in Nutrafol instead work by slowly rebalancing the underlying triggers of hair loss and by optimizing the follicle environment from the inside out. This takes time and works over time to improve the health of your follicles by improving your health overall. Therefore discontinuing Nutrafol doesn’t result in a sudden shock to the follicles or shedding.
Are there any side effects associated with Nutrafol?
Nutrafol is a 100% drug-free. There are no known side effects when taking Nutrafol, in fact there are a number of what we call “side benefits”! Nutrafol is comprised of nutraceutical-grade plant actives and hair growth vitamins, minerals and amino acids. Remember, not all ingredients are created equal and not all that is “natural” is healthy for you. Often “natural” products contain heavy metals, GMO’s, toxic pesticides and synthetic additives. We went the extra mile to find the latest in plant technologies to find non-toxic, pure plant ingredients that are clinically tested for safety and actually work. These plant-based, bio-optimized ingredients in Nutrafol are associated with tremendous health benefits, with more being discovered every day through research. In general, keep in mind that these wonderful plants have been used for thousands of years in many parts of the world and without reports of side effects. We are constantly keeping up to date with any new findings and will update our website and distributors.
If you do have a medical condition or taking prescription medications, it is always advisable to consult your doctor prior to using any new dietary supplement, including Nutrafol. Specifically if you are taking blood thinners or have a history or are at risk for a hormone sensitive condition, please refer to precautions/contraindications section for more information.
Will Nutrafol grow unwanted hair on other parts of my body?
No, Nutrafol will not increase body or facial hair. Basically, our bodies are smarter than we think. You see, the molecules that control hair growth in follicles are different, depending on the location. So for instance, although all follicles metabolize testosterone into dihydrotestosterone (DHT) through the enzyme 5a-reductase, the way these follicles react to the DHT is dependent upon where they are located. In other words, DHT has opposing effects on scalp hair vs. body or facial hair. In scalp follicles, high levels of DHT lead to follicle shrinkage, resulting in hair loss. In the beard areas and the chest hair follicles, DHT plays a role in signaling growth.
Thus the DHT-blocking effects of Nutrafol plant actives such as saw palmetto and Curcumin promote scalp follicle health, growth and restoration, while they may also play a role in inhibiting unwanted body hair growth.
Is there a risk that Nutrafol will lower my sex drive or cause other sexual side effects such as those sometimes seen with FDA-approved hair loss pharmaceuticals Finasteride and Dutasteride?
We believe beautiful hair and a healthy sex drive should go hand in hand. We shouldn’t have to make a choice between the two, and neither should you. That is why we use plant-based medicine to achieve the same DHT-blocking effects. In fact the same plants, Saw Palmetto and Ashwagandha, were clinically shown to stimulate libido and improve sexual function. No wonder indigenous populations have used these wise plants as aphrodisiacs for thousands of years! So no, there are no negative sexual side effects from using Nutrafol, but there may be some surprisingly pleasant side benefits.
I’ve been taking other hair growth products and/or other supplements, can I still take Nutrafol? Should I discontinue them if I start Nutrafol?
We went the extra mile to make sure that Nutrafol is as comprehensive a solution as possible. We use dosages of ingredients that actually work. So if you are currently taking other products, it would be wise to check the labels to make sure that:
(1) Your previous/current treatment isn’t duplicating some of the actions of Nutrafol ingredients.
(2) Your other supplements aren’t duplicating the daily-recommended amounts of vitamins and minerals, for instance vitamin E and A – that may be present in both products.
There are no contraindications to continuing any topical products you may be using, if they are working for you at this time.
As always, if you are on prescription medications, it is advisable to consult your physician before starting any new dietary supplement, including Nutrafol.
I'm currently using Minoxidil (Rogaine). Can I take Nutrafol as well? Can I stop using Minoxidil?
If you are having success with Minoxidil, you do have the option of continuing it while taking Nutrafol. While Minoxidil’s active ingredient is pharmaceutical, there is no interaction or contraindication to using it with a natural product like Nutrafol, as one is topical and the other is ingestible. If anything, some of our customers are happy using both at the same time.
The choice to stop minoxidil and/or transition to Nutrafol is a personal one. We can’t advise for or against it. There are no indications against either option and people must weigh their options carefully when starting medications or stopping them. One thing to remember about minoxidil is that there is an expected and well-documented period of shedding that can occur after its discontinuation. There is a period during which the hairs that that have been sustained by this medication are no longer sustained by it and are shed. In other words, the follicles that have become used to minoxidil can go into shock once it is removed and transition into resting phase all at once, which is inevitably followed by a shedding phase. Of course being on Nutrafol during this period should help minimize this effect, but some shedding would still be expected…and will resolve with time.
Are there risks of taking Nutrafol with thyroid medications?
Well-balanced thyroid hormone levels are absolutely necessary for healthy hair growth. And thyroid irregularities are often found to be a hidden cause contributing to hair loss. There should be no problems taking Nutrafol with thyroid medications. In fact, one of our co-founders is a thyroid cancer survivor and he takes his synthroid along with his Nutrafol daily! What’s more, some of our ingredients like Ashwagandha, selenium and others – are actually known to improve and support healthy thyroid function.
As always however, if you have a medical condition(s) or taking prescription medication(s), we advise you consult with your doctor before beginning any new dietary supplement, including Nutrafol…just to be safe.
Can I use Nutrafol if I am taking prescription drugs?
Botanicals can have the potential to affect some medications and/or potentiate their effects. Therefore, if you are taking prescription medications or have a medical condition, we always advise that you consult with your doctor and carefully review the ingredient list before taking any dietary supplements, including Nutrafol.
Specifically if you are taking anti-platelet or blood thinning drugs, please do not start Nutrafol unless you have consulted with your physician first. For more information regarding this and other precautions/contraindications please refer here.
Are there any contraindications or precautions with Nutrafol?
Nutrafol is for adult usage only (18+ years old) so please keep out of reach of children.
Nutrafol is also not suitable for women who are or may be pregnant or breastfeeding.
If you have a medical condition or taking prescription medications, it is always advisable to consult your doctor prior to using any new dietary supplement, including Nutrafol.
Several plant actives in Nutrafol known as natural blood thinners that improve blood flow and circulation. Therefore if you are prone to bleeding episodes, have a blood condition or taking blood thinning, anti-coagulant and anti-platelet drugs (warfarin, Plavix, heparin, etc.) – you need to be extra careful with ingesting any additional natural blood thinners and absolutely need to consult with your doctor before considering Nutrafol.
An ingredient in Nutrafol called saw palmetto is considered to be a phytoestrogen for its potential effect on hormones and/or hormone receptors. It is a counter-intuitive designation as its main affect is not on estrogen (like for instance in soy), but on testosterone. It blocks the 5-a reductase enzyme to prevent the conversion of testosterone to dihydrotestosterone – the primary hormone that acts on follicles as a trigger for hair loss in genetically predisposed individuals. Luckily it is also known to act on the androgen receptors, including those in follicles and the prostate (in men) to further the effect against DHT (which is a culprit in both hair loss and prostate disease). Unfortunately however, there isn’t enough data on whether saw palmetto has effects on estrogen receptors and no conclusive studies to indicate what those effects may be. The amount of saw palmetto in the women’s formulation is much smaller than in the men’s. So whether it is significant or not to have an effect on these receptors – there is no good way of knowing. In other words, if there is an estrogenic effect, it is probably unlikely to be more than what you would normally consume in a daily diet, but this is not well documented in studies.
So if you have or have had a hormone sensitive condition or hormone responsive cancer, it would be wise to take all the precautions in the world and definitely speak to your doctor before making decisions regarding any herbal supplements. (A reference for your physician http://www.ncbi.nlm.nih.gov/pubmed/14583103, keeping in mind that the phytoestrogenic potential of saw palmetto is no where close to that of soy and other estrogenic compounds.)
Is there anything I should not take while taking Nutrafol?
Several plant actives in Nutrafol known as natural blood thinners that improve blood flow and circulation. Therefore if you are prone to bleeding episodes, have a blood condition or taking blood thinning, anti-coagulant and anti-platelet drugs (warfarin, Plavix, heparin, etc.) – you need to be extra careful with ingesting any additional natural blood thinners and absolutely need to consult with your doctor before considering Nutrafol.
SHIPPING AND RETURNS
How long does it take for an order to be delivered?
We offer free shipping to our US customers and it typically takes 3-7 business days. We provide tracking information on all our shipments for your convenience.
What is your return policy?
Nutrafol orders are guaranteed by a 30 day return policy. If you wish to process a return, please return the bottle to us at your own expense and Nutraceutical Wellness LLC will provide a refund less a restocking fee. The restocking fee for an unopened, resellable bottle in the original packaging is 11% and for an opened, unsellable bottle the fee is 25%.
Does Nutrafol ship internationally?
Yes, we ship Nutrafol to most countries in the world. If you do not see your country listed, please contact firstname.lastname@example.org for more details.
Does Nutrafol charge me for customs?
No, we do not collect customs charges. If duties apply, you will have to pay them to your government’s Customs office before they will release your delivery.