Science-Backed Supplements

Nutrafol is radically upgrading our understanding of the roots of vibrant health and beauty.
A paradigm-shifting hair wellness service, Nutrafol contains,  among other powerful ingredients, ashwaganda, long prized in Ayurveda for balancing the effects of stress.

by Amely Greeven

Ancient systems of health care and ultramodern fields of medicine have both held the keys to stopping hair loss and encouraging hair growth, but you wouldn’t know it from conventional approaches. “For decades, women and men have been told by physicians, ‘Your labs are normal, our hair problems are genetic; try Rogaine or biotin, there’s not much else we can do,’” rues Roland Peralta, co-founder of the paradigm-shifting “hair wellness service” Nutrafol. “But we do know more if we study the literature: Hair loss and thinning is the first sign that the balance of the body is off, and the culprits are almost always elevated cortisol from chronic stress, which can throw off thyroid hormones and DHT hormone, leading to inflammation, poor liver function, a compromised gut microbiome, oxidative stress and nutritional deficiencies. You just have to connect the dots, then you can truly help your hair.”

Peralta and his team did just that, creating a proprietary “secret sauce” complex of super-high-concentration ashwaganda, long prized in Ayurveda for balancing the effects of stress, turbocharged curcumin, marine collagen, saw palmetto and antioxidant tocotrienols that, used regularly, helped improve hair growth by 80 percent in their first clinical trial (four more studies are in the pipeline).

Cleverly, they’ve wrapped their hair-boosting supplements in layers of health and wellness support: An algorithmic diagnostic quiz empowers Nutrafol users to identify areas of weakness that could benefit from extra help, and naturopathic doctors trained in functional medicine offer free one-on-one consultations to guide users on their journey to lustrous hair.

Peralta is passionate about pulling back the curtain on compromised hair health. “We believe 50 percent of women experience hair loss due to chronic stress; we also know 85 percent of users in one of our studies had nutrient malabsorption; and that low thyroid is epidemic today. If you take a multifactorial approach, you can help your body return to homeostasis and have a great chance of achieving healthy hair growth.”