If you could take most of the home remedies for hair growth and put them into a formula, you’d get Hair Essentials for Hair Growth in capsule form. It’s a shotgun approach to the most common reasons why people develop hair loss – nutrient deficiencies, high testosterone, and essential fat deficiencies.
The list of ingredients is actually quite impressive:
- Vitamin A, C, and E at 115-117% of the estimated value for adults
- Biotin at 350 mcg, 115% of the daily value
- Iodine, zinc and selenium at over 100% of the daily value
- Herbs known for their hair growth ability – saw palmetto, fo-ti, Bu-gu-zhi, milk thistle, white tea, horsetail, and Eclipta herb
- Two amino acids cysteine and methionine
- Essential fats from flaxseed oil and borage oil
- Black pepper to stimulate the absorption of the herbs and other ingredients
- Rice bran, an overall B supplement
- MSM and collagen
This is truly a winning ingredient list that can stimulate new hair growth and thicken the strands of hairs that do grow. It can make a big difference in many people’s hair loss. I’d definitely recommend it to most patients with hair loss or those who just want a healthier head of hair.
What I like best about it is the choice of herbs used in the formula. Saw palmetto can decrease the influence of high testosterone levels on the hair follicles. Testosterone can increase hair loss, so if this is one of the reasons for your hair loss, you want to make sure that it is addressed. Fo-ti has been used for hair growth and also to reverse gray hairs. No one wants new hair growth that is all gray! If this herb can help at all, put it in the formula! And that’s exactly what the company that makes Hair Essentials for Hair Growth has done.
Horsetail is known for its high silica content. Silica is what makes hair strong and resilient and prevents it from developing split ends. You want the hair you are growing to be strong! And the herb Eclipta alba has had the best success of any herb in growing hairs. In one study this herb increased hair growth by 46%.
Herbs fill in gaps in the body’s metabolic pathways that vitamins and minerals can’t fill. That’s why I’m so glad that this formula has included seven different herbs. The milk thistle is known for its effect on the liver. Milk thistle isn’t really considered an herb for hair growth but it supports liver functions and this comes in handy when someone might have high testosterone levels or high heavy metals. If cadmium levels are high, it can lead to hair loss, and if milk thistle is cleansing the liver of cadmium, you have another benefit from this product.
It is true that Hair Essentials for Hair Growth is missing a few ingredients that can affect hair growth. If someone has an iron deficiency, which is easily tested for by the doctor, it can seriously interfere with hair growth and cause hair loss. There’s no iron in the Hair Essentials for Hair Growth formula. So you may want to get tested first to see if you’ll be needing any extra iron.
Not including iron in the formula is understandable, as there has been a fear promoted by some media reports and health experts about iron toxicity. Although most people are low in iron anyway, the myth circulating the internet is that iron causes free radicals in the body. The truth is that this doesn’t happen that often. Iron deficiency is more common, especially in menstruating women. Another myth could conceivably contribute to why people are low in iron is not to eat any red meat because it’s bad for you. We all need iron. Like other nutrients, we need it in small amounts no matter what.
Another thing missing from the formula is folic acid, which causes hair loss if you have a deficiency. Folic acid is one of the B vitamins. Other B vitamins include vitamin B1 (thiamine), vitamin B2 (riboflavin), vitamin B3 (niacin), vitamin B6, vitamin B5 (pantothenic acid), vitamin B12, biotin, choline, and inositol.
You may want to take a separate folic acid supplement of 5 mg a day to supplement when using this supplement. But remember that if you increase the level of one B vitamin in the diet, you must increase all the others, too to prevent a deficiency. With Hair Essentials for Hair Growth supplement, you’d have to take a separate B complex vitamin to make sure you are getting everything you need without creating imbalances in the B vitamins.
Overall, I give the Hair Essentials for Hair Growth supplement product a high rating. Most people start noticing a difference in their hair growth in the first 3 weeks.