Continuing my review of popular hair loss products, here’s my own take on Nourkrin…
As with almost all other
manufacturers (or so it seems!) there are several products in the range
(scalp lotion, shampoo, conditioner, etc).
But, the main products appear to be two food supplements – one for men and one for women.
if you take a close look at the ingredients of these two products,
you’ll see that there’s not a great deal that separates them…
Nourkrin Man has identical ingredients to Nourkrin Woman except that it also contains cod liver oil* and the spice fenugreek.
* The cod liver oil provides vitamins A and D, as well as the essential fatty acids docosahexaenoic acid and eicosapentaenoic acid (it’s a lot easier to just call them EPA and DHA, and even easier to collectively call them omega 3).
Now, the product information pages on the official website states that both products contain acerola extract – a fruit which, along with several other nutrients, also provides vitamin A. So, obviously the cod liver oil will provide an extra dose of vitamin A for men in their product.
Anyway, whilst there’s only a small difference between these two product ingredients, you might nevertheless wonder why the product for men would have additional ingredients to the product for women.
The answer is most probably because hair loss is usually much more severe in men than it is in women and so, more difficult to treat.
So this then raises the question: what is it about cod liver oil and fenugreek that gives additional support for hair growth?
Here are the answers:
Omega 3 – the omega 3 in cod liver oil is a powerful DHT blocker. And, since DHT levels are higher in men than in women, it does make sense to try and keep DHT levels down (DHT, of course, being the hormone with a big link to hair loss).
Fenugreek seeds – a phytoestrogen with high antioxidant content and a number of beneficial qualities including blood vessel dilation – something that should improve blood circulation and so encourage healthy hair growth.
I think it should also be pointed out that there's nothing about these extra nutrients that’s specific to men. In other words, there's no reason why women shouldn't take vitamins A and D, omega 3 and fenugreek too. In fact, fenugreek trials have shown some positive effect on hair growth in both men and women when taken as a food supplement.
But, quite apart from these two ingredients, according to the website, what makes Nourkrin different from other similar hair growth supplements is another ingredient - Marilex…
This is a special blend of proteins derived from shellfish and fish (shark cartilage) which, it is said, can have a beneficial effect on the hair growth cycle.
Note: Marilex is not simply collagen (marine-sourced collagen being another protein that’s sometimes found in food supplements).
Hair is made almost entirely from protein, so you might think that you can help your hair grow simply by taking extra protein.
Well, I don’t think that’s true at all. From a nutritional point of view, you should be getting enough protein from the foods you eat, as highlighted by the fact that the hair all over the rest of your body, your face and your scalp (i.e., outside of the affected hair loss region) probably continues to grow perfectly well.
So, I’m not really convinced that marine protein will especially help hair grow. And this belief is perhaps supported by user experience…
Like most other hair loss products, reviews are mixed.
Some people say it helps (and there have been trials which show positive outcomes too). But other people say it didn’t help at all (even after six months or more), that they had side effects (which could be a reaction to the shellfish content) and that they wouldn’t recommend it.
So, for both men and women, whilst these products do contain totally natural ingredients and, as such, should be healthy* for you, that still doesn’t necessarily mean it would be worth your while taking it for hair loss.
* Anyone allergic to fish or shellfish should not take Nourkrin tablets. Always consult a health advisor before taking food supplements. And this is especially true of the vitamins A and D.
That’s because, along with vitamin E, these fat soluble vitamins can
slowly accumulate inside your body if you take more than you need.
in excess, side effects and health issues caused by toxicity can occur.
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Read next page? Nourkrin vs. Viviscal.