What you will learn in this hair supplement review
  • How common hair loss really is,
  • The best nutrients for preventing or reducing hair loss,
  • The ingredients included in each hair loss product by means of a detailed table;
  • An explanation for the reasons I chose the winners and losers in terms of nutrient composition, purity and value for money criteria.

 

effluvium means hairlossLosing hair with age is something of an inevitability for almost all of us, men and women.

By the time men reach their mid thirties, more than 65% will have experienced a noticeable degree hair loss. By the age 50, 85% of them have significantly thinning hair with a significant proportion of those being completely bald.

But it’s not just men who suffer from hair loss.

The women suffer mostly in silence. They actually comprise 40% of sufferers. By the age of 60, 80% percent of them will have noticeable hair loss1.

 

Which nutrients nurture your hair

Age, sex, hormones and genetics all play a role in determining quality of your hair growth. Very often, the speed of hair growth is reduced by outright nutrient deficiencies or hormonal imbalances, which can cause them in the first place. These include anaemia, menopause, polycystic ovaries or a zinc deficiency, thyroid disease or anorexia.

Simply making sure that eating lots of certain nutrients would will already help your hair. There is actually a vast amount of research studies, which show exactly how effective these standard nutrients are, when they are dosed correctly:

Vitamins
vitamin A2, B complex3, vitamin C4, vitamin D5,6, vitamin E7 and several others
Amino acids
Arginine8, Cysteine9, Methionine7, Glycine and Lysine11
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Trace elements
Calcium, Zinc12, Iodine13, Selenium and Magnesium14

 

The key nutrients of an effective hair loss food supplement

For maximum hair growth to occur, a permanent supply of certain key vitamins, trace elements and amino acids is needed to the follicles of the hair.

 

Vitamins
Trace Elements

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The great hair supplement review

We tested thirteen hair loss supplements and ranked them based on the quality, nutrients and value for money. This table summarises our findings:

Ranking

Product

Manufacturer

Daily Cost

 

WINNER
Hair Plus
amitamin £0.61

2nd
Hair Vitalics
The Belgravia Center £0.66

3rd
tricologic man / hairfollic man
VITABIOTICS

£1.59

4th
Hair Essentials™
Natural Wellbeing £0.66

5th
Provillus
Natural Products Association £0.74

6th
Procerin
Speedwinds Nutrition Inc. £0.72

7th
Hair-vit
HealthAid £0.19

8th

Pantogar

Merz Pharmaceuticals £1.11


9th

FLORISENE

Lamberts £0.52


10th

Inneov

Nestlé & L’Oréal £0.70

11th

Priorin

BAYER £1.30


12th

Medigro

bioconcepts £0.27


13th

PK4 Hair

Philip Kingsley £0.73


 

How we decided the ranking

 

The Winner

amitamin’s Hair Plus is what we deemed to be the best over-the-counter hair supplement product available in the UK, because of the best nutrient formula and value for money relationship. In detail:

amitamin hair plus

Hair Plus has the most hair nutrients for the best price

  • amitamin Hair Plus includes 21 research-based nutrients and is entirely, free of additives, fillers, colors and flavors.
  • It includes Millet seed extract, which contains various important hair nutrients such as silicon and linoleic acid. It also includes 75mg per day of the superantioxidant Grape Seed Extract, which is known for its very high content of flavonoids. These stop free radicals from accelerating the aging process of cells (including the scalp).
  • Biotin contributes significantly to the health of hair and is an important component of amino acid metabolism.
  • The amino acids L-cysteine, L-methionine and L-arginine are important components of hair structure. All three have been shown to have significant benefits in the stimulation and production of new hair follicles.
  • Vitamins such as Pantothenic acid (vitamin B5) are involved in the regulation of hormone balance helping the skin to protect itself from drying out.
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    Hair Plus combines the all nutrients of several major hair supplements at a lower price

    Vitamin C helps iron metabolization and supports collagen synthesis. Collagen is an important component of hair and scalp. In addition, it supports the regeneration of Vitamin E and protects against oxidative stress, slowing down the aging process. B vitamins are crucial in the restoration of hair or prevention of hair loss. This product has by far the most comprehensive vitamin B complex (including vitamin B9, aka Folic Acid), all of which occurring in optimal dosages.

  • Zinc, selenium and copper ensure that the existing hair stays healthy, copper maintains the natural hair pigmentation. In fact, all key minerals and anti-oxidants with research behind them supporting their efficacy against hair loss are included and present in good quality.
  • amitamin Hair Plus is made and registered in Germany with the Central Pharmaceutical Database ensuring top notch quality.
  • The final string to the bow of is that it comes in at only £0.61 per day, making it £0.8p cheaper than the average price per day of the supplements within this comparison.

 

Runner-Up

Click to buy Hair Vitalics directly from The Belgravia Center (opens new window)

Click to view Hair Vitalics on The Belgravia Center website

Hair Vitalics came in second place and very much earned this position.

  • Hair Vitalics has a strong amino acid profile with Cystein and Methionine. It also contains Saw Palmetto and MSM.
  • Saw Palmetto has been shown to block the action of DHT, which causes hair loss in a large number of people.
  • However, its vitamin B complex is incomplete and trace minerals are dosed very low.
  • Daily cost: £0.66, 2p less that the average price.

Unfortunately, Hair Vitalics cannot be ordered online, but only after a phone consultation with an hair-loss consultant from The Belgravia Center.

Whilst this is a good idea, it requires customers to call in during business hours, register their details to make an appointment and likely listen to sales pitches.

3rd Place

hairfollic man formerly tricologic man by vitabiotics

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hairfollic man is the former tricologic man by VITABIOTICS, following a rebranding without changing the product’s formula. VITABIOTICS hairfollic man has

  • a wide and varied range of vitamins and minerals that in most cases are of a high quantity and exceed the RDAs, as well as
  • a variety of amino acids, however in quantities too small to impact hair growth. Equally, the dose of it’s super-antioxidant red grape extract is very low at just 5mg per day, a mere 7% of the quantity amitamin Hair Plus offers.

In summary, hairfollic man has an impressive display of vitamins and minerals and amino acids. However, at twice or more (depending on the shop) the daily cost of either Hair Plus or Hair Vitalics it is the most expensive product within the comparison. Daily cost: £1.59

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Scoring Sheet

Final thought

thank you reading my hair supplement comparison

There are quite a few ingredients that have been shown to have great success in helping with hair loss. Just taking a supplement alone is not enough however.

We strongly advise to focus on all aspects of health, i.e. exercise, stress levels, sleep and ensuring the you stick to a healthy diet with whole foods covering a wide range of vitamins and minerals and eat as little fast food as you possibly can.

 

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