We define nutraceutical as applying pharmaceutical standards in the use of botanical extracts. We identify specific phyto-actives within the botanical that have proven clinical efficacy for therapeutic results.
What is a Nutraceutical?
Our synergistic complex multi-targets root causes
Our patent-pending synergen complex contains powerful nutraceutical ingredients that act synergistically to address multiple causes of poor hair health. Selected for their super antioxidant properties and because they’re potent stress adaptogens and DHT blockers. These ingredients are clinically-tested and shown to support healthy hair growth in men with thinning hair.1,4
Nutrafol® Key Nutraceutical Ingredients
A form of Vitamin E extracted from EvNol palm oil, was shown in a clinical study to support healthy hair growth in men with thinning hair.1
1Beoy LA, Woei WJ, Hay YK. Effects of tocotrienol supplementation on hair growth in human volunteers. Trop Life Sci Res. 2010;21(2):91-9. Epub 2010/12/01. PubMed PMID: 24575202; PubMed Central PMCID: PMCPMC3819075.
Clinically tested to decrease the levels of hair damaging stress hormone Cortisol by up to 30.5%*, reduce inflammatory C-reactive protein (CRP) by 35.2%* and improve resistance to stress.2
2Auddy B HJ, Mitra A, Abedon B, Ghosal S. A Standardized Withania Somnifera Extract Significantly Reduces Stress-Related Parameters in Chronically Stressed Humans: A Double-Blind, Randomized, Placebo-Controlled Study. Journal of American Nutraceutical Association. 2008;11(1):50-66.
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The “Swiss Army knife” of botanicals, curcumin is a potent anti-oxidant and has been shown to lower inflammatory biomarkers, like CRP, in clinical studies. Extracted from turmeric, curcumin optimizes the immune system + fights many inflammatory molecules that interrupt optimal hair growth.3,4
3.Gupta SC, Patchva S, Aggarwal BB. Therapeutic roles of curcumin: lessons learned from clinical trials. AAPS J. 2013;15(1):195-218. Epub 2012/11/13. doi: 10.1208/s12248-012-9432-8. PubMed PMID: 23143785; PubMed Central PMCID: PMCPMC3535097.
4. Jagetia GC, Aggarwal BB. “Spicing up” of the immune system by curcumin. J Clin Immunol. 2007;27(1):19-35. Epub 2007/01/11. doi: 10.1007/s10875-00 6-9066-7. PubMed PMID: 17211725.
Root causes are multi-targeted by our
synergistic group of key ingredients.
The other vitamins and minerals that perhaps you’ve already come to love.
We use a wide array of natural ingredients already associated with improved hair health, such as biotin. But without using our key ingredients to create the right hair follicle environment, the health benefits of these other ingredients goes to waste (are not able to be absorbed by the body).
BLACK PEPPER FRUIT EXTRACT
Extracted from the black pepper fruit and standardized to 95% piperine, the patented Bio-Perine® in Nutrafol plays an important role in the absorption of bioactive nutrients that are necessary for healthy hair. Its active ingredient, piperine, enhances the body’s ability to produce heat and energy, which allows many of the vitamins, minerals and amino acids in Nutrafol to be absorbed and utilized more effectively.
An essential water-soluble B-complex vitamin, biotin is one of the building blocks of healthy hair growth, needed to metabolize fatty acids and amino acids. The rich levels of biotin in Nutrafol help strengthen hair, as well as combating dryness, breakage and loss.
CAYENNE RED PEPPER FRUIT EXTRACT
The all-natural, hormone-balancing cayenne red pepper fruit extract in Nutrafol is a powerful agent that helps to combat the effects of stress on the hair, increase protein production and improve circulation in the scalp. It has been shown to decrease levels of the neurotransmitter Substance P, which plays a major role in hormone- and stress-related hair loss. The 2-percent capsaicin concentration in our formula activates the release of calcitonin gene-related peptide (CRGP), a compound demonstrated to stimulate cellular energy and boost protein production in follicles, promoting healthier, stronger hair.
HORSETAIL HERB EXTRACT
The herb horsetail (Equisetum arvense) contains high levels of silica (or silicon dioxide), one of the planet’s most common and most important elements. Standardized to 7-percent silica, it contains silicic acid, which is shown to help with inflammation, increase the tensile strength and thickness of hair and reduce brittleness, according to a 2005 study in the Archive of Dermatological Research.
L-Cysteine is an amino acid available in high-protein foods. It contains sulfur, which is useful for metabolic processes in the body-including hair growth. It provides potent antioxidant protection to the follicle and increases hair-shaft diameter, facilitating new growth and giving hair a fuller, thicker appearance.
The essential amino acid L-Lysine promotes hair health when combined with other amino acids. In conjunction with the lysine/arginine blend, it may improve hormone secretion and immune function. Lysine has also shown potential to work with methionine, a rich source of the mineral sulfur and the structural support of the follicle.
L-Methionine is an essential amino acid necessary for hair growth, aiding the development of the hair shaft. It also helps promote overall scalp health and works against graying.
The antioxidant properties of resveratrol work to defend the follicles and scalp against inflammation and oxidative stress caused by free radicals. Resveratrol also improves blood circulation, enhancing the development, growth and overall quality of hair follicles.
Selenium produces antioxidant enzymes that can defend against damage to cells, including those in hair follicles. It also helps to maintain proper thyroid function, which benefits the immune system and fosters healthy hair growth.
Vitamin A regulates the synthesis of retinoic acid in the follicle and is an essential component of hair growth and maintenance. It works with zinc to prevent the drying and clogging of the sebaceous glands in the scalp and lubricates the follicles and roots.
The vitamin C in Nutrafol is derived from camu camu, an Amazonian rainforest fruit that contains 60 times more vitamin C per serving than an orange. It acts as a natural stimulant of collagen synthesis, protecting and preserving the body’s existing collagen structures and stores from damage. It’s also a rich source of antioxidants and amino acids.
Vitamin D is a key determinant of richer, healthier hair. A deficiency can take its toll on hair health, leading to weakness and loss. The vitamin D component in Nutrafol helps reduce stress-related damage and contributes significantly to follicles that are rich in vitamin D receptors.
Our certified organic Icelandic geothermal Kelp is harvested sustainably from the cleanest kelp beds on earth. Kelp is a rich source of natural Iodine and other beneficial bioactive micronutrients. Kelp plays a key role in supporting healthy thyroid hormone production as well as a natural chelator of environmental toxins like heavy metals and toxins that mimic hormones.
Keratin is a naturally occurring protein in the body and a key structural component of hair. It comprises Cynatine HNS Keratin, the patented form of the ingredient in Nutrafol. Highly bioavailable, it supplements the body with solubilized keratin to protect and repair damaged hair (as well as nails and skin).
The mineral zinc is vital to the body, playing a key role in more than 300 metabolic functions, including cell reproduction, protein utilization and maintaining hormonal balance. It is essential to the synthesis process involved in creating and using collagen and is also a powerful antioxidant-healing wounds and strengthening the glands attached to hair follicles.