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Hair supplements. Expert opinion + ranking of more than 20 best products

A good hair supplement has a simple but well thought-out formulation, aimed at nourishing the scalp and hair.

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Hair supplements. Expert opinion + ranking of more than 20 best products
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To keep hair healthy and beautiful, external care is not always enough. Sometimes it's worth supporting yourself with vitamins and minerals. Just which are the most important? A surfeit of information ... makes your hair stand on end!

In the following ranking, we have gathered dietary supplements to help you take comprehensive care of your scalp and hair. Proven vitamins and minerals as well as new and interesting extracts - which manufacturer has the best selection of ingredients?"

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From this article you will learn:

  • What are the best hair supplements
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  • What to look out for when choosing a product
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  • How the individual ingredients affect the scalp and hair
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  • Can you use hair supplements while breastfeeding
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Hair supplements - which is the best one?

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The best hair supplement is Glow Stories tablets, which affect the condition and appearance of the hair and scalp. The supplement contains valuable ingredients, including Quatrefolic® 200 µg - the best-absorbed form of folate and bamboo shoot extract (70% natural silica).

See also the other hair supplements we reviewed with Ilona Krzak, MSc, pharmacist.

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We know that many dietary supplements have an impressively long list of ingredients. Unfortunately, when we look closely at this content, we find that often:

  • the ingredients are not in the best-absorbed form,
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    • some ingredients are in a "token", insignificant amount,
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    • there are ingredients on the list that do not need to be supplemented, but do act as a "clogger",
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    This is why we selected the products for our ranking according to strict criteria.

    Selection criteria

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    The ranking of the best hair supplements was prepared together with pharmacist Ilona Krzak according to criteria:

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    • quality of active ingredients,
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    • absorption form,
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    • proven effect on hair,
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    • performance,
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    Best hair supplements ranking

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    Below, prepared by pharmacist Ilona Krzak, is a detailed product analysis to help you choose the best product for you or a loved one.

    Best for hair

    Glow Stories

    Glow Stories
    5.0
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    Product description

    A dietary supplement containing vitamins, minerals and plant extracts thatósupport the skinóhand, hair and nails. The product is especially distinguished by the form of folate – it is Quatrefolic, whichós absorbed very well and is natural.

    In addition to valuable vitamins and minerals, such as vitamin A, E, B3, B2 and biotin, the formula contains bamboo shoot extract, whichóry further enhances your beauty.

    Pros and cons

    A dietary supplement containing vitamins, minerals and plant extracts thatósupport the skinóhand, hair and nails. The product is especially distinguished by the form of folate – it is Quatrefolic, whichós absorbed very well and is natural.

    In addition to valuable vitamins and minerals, such as vitamin A, E, B3, B2 and biotin, the formula contains bamboo shoot extract, whichóry further enhances your beauty.

    Additional information

    A dietary supplement containing vitamins, minerals and plant extracts thatósupport the skinóhand, hair and nails. The product is especially distinguished by the form of folate – it is Quatrefolic, whichós absorbed very well and is natural.

    In addition to valuable vitamins and minerals, such as vitamin A, E, B3, B2 and biotin, the formula contains bamboo shoot extract, whichóry further enhances your beauty.

    Biotin

    Biotebal Plus skin, hair, nails

    Biotebal Plus skin, hair, nails
    4.8
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    Product description

    A complex formula based on 14 active ingredients in the form of vitamins, mineralsós and an extract from field horsetail, whichós a source of silicon. Biotebal Plus contains a large portion of biotin, whichós effective in strengthening hair, giving it shine and preventing excessive hair loss.

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    Thanks to its many active ingredients, the product helps firm the skinód of the face and strengthens the nail plate.

    Pros and cons

    A complex formula based on 14 active ingredients in the form of vitamins, mineralsós and an extract from field horsetail, whichós a source of silicon. Biotebal Plus contains a large portion of biotin, whichós effective in strengthening hair, giving it shine and preventing excessive hair loss.

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    Thanks to its many active ingredients, the product helps firm the skinód of the face and strengthens the nail plate.

    Additional information

    A complex formula based on 14 active ingredients in the form of vitamins, mineralsós and an extract from field horsetail, whichós a source of silicon. Biotebal Plus contains a large portion of biotin, whichós effective in strengthening hair, giving it shine and preventing excessive hair loss.

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    Thanks to its many active ingredients, the product helps firm the skinód of the face and strengthens the nail plate.

    Expert opinion

    A complex formula based on 14 active ingredients in the form of vitamins, mineralsós and an extract from field horsetail, whichós a source of silicon. Biotebal Plus contains a large portion of biotin, whichós effective in strengthening hair, giving it shine and preventing excessive hair loss.

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    Thanks to its many active ingredients, the product helps firm the skinód of the face and strengthens the nail plate.

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    High bioavailability

    Pharmovit, organic coenzyme Q10

    Pharmovit, organic coenzyme Q10
    4.9
    • Main ingredients: coenzyme Q10piperine
    • Form: capsules
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    • Packaging: 60 capsules
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    • Dose: 1 capsule per day
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    • Sufficient for: 60 days
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    See price
    in the Natu.Care shop
    Product description

    Coenzyme Q10 has powerful antioxidant properties thatóprotect your cells from free radicals, which can support heart and vascular health, improve physical performance and slow down the ageing process. Coenzyme Q10 can support immune system function, nervous system health and improve skinóry.

    Pros and cons

    Coenzyme Q10 has powerful antioxidant properties thatóprotect your cells from free radicals, which can support heart and vascular health, improve physical performance and slow down the ageing process. Coenzyme Q10 can support immune system function, nervous system health and improve skinóry.

    Additional information

    Coenzyme Q10 has powerful antioxidant properties thatóprotect your cells from free radicals, which can support heart and vascular health, improve physical performance and slow down the ageing process. Coenzyme Q10 can support immune system function, nervous system health and improve skinóry.

    Interesting combination

    Dr. Jacob's Q10 synergy, powder

    Dr. Jacob's Q10 synergy, powder
    4.7
    • Active ingredients: coenzyme Q10, vitamin B2, vitamin B12, taurine, L-carnitine, silicon, lutein, lecithin
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    • Form: powder 
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    • Packaging: 80 g
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    • Dose: 1 serving per day
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    • Sufficient for: 100 days
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    See price
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    Product description

    Q10 Synergy contains high-quality, purest coenzyme Q10 (from Japan), riboflavin, taurine and L-carnitine. Synergy is a mutual enhancement of the effects of unique plant substances, vitamins and micronutrientsós.

    Pros and cons

    Q10 Synergy contains high-quality, purest coenzyme Q10 (from Japan), riboflavin, taurine and L-carnitine. Synergy is a mutual enhancement of the effects of unique plant substances, vitamins and micronutrientsós.

    Additional information

    Q10 Synergy contains high-quality, purest coenzyme Q10 (from Japan), riboflavin, taurine and L-carnitine. Synergy is a mutual enhancement of the effects of unique plant substances, vitamins and micronutrientsós.

    Solgar Hair Skin Nails

    Solgar Hair Skin Nails
    4.8
    • Active Ingredients: MSM (organic sulphur), vitamin C, zinc, copper, L-proline, L-lysine, silicon, red algae powder
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    • Daily serving: 2 tablets
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    • Packaging: 60 or 120 tablets
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    • Sufficient for: 1 or 2 months
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    See price
    in the Natu.Care shop
    Product description

    A dietary supplement with a complex of active ingredients affecting the appearance and condition of hairóhair, skinóskin and nailsand. A simple and effective formulation with no unnecessary additivesós. Recommended for hair loss and poor hairócondition, brittle nails and skinócondition without shine and with imperfections.

    Pros and cons

    A dietary supplement with a complex of active ingredients affecting the appearance and condition of hairóhair, skinóskin and nailsand. A simple and effective formulation with no unnecessary additivesós. Recommended for hair loss and poor hairócondition, brittle nails and skinócondition without shine and with imperfections.

    Additional information

    A dietary supplement with a complex of active ingredients affecting the appearance and condition of hairóhair, skinóskin and nailsand. A simple and effective formulation with no unnecessary additivesós. Recommended for hair loss and poor hairócondition, brittle nails and skinócondition without shine and with imperfections.

    Expert opinion

    A dietary supplement with a complex of active ingredients affecting the appearance and condition of hairóhair, skinóskin and nailsand. A simple and effective formulation with no unnecessary additivesós. Recommended for hair loss and poor hairócondition, brittle nails and skinócondition without shine and with imperfections.

    Soothing the hair

    Pharmovit Biotin 2500 mg

    Pharmovit Biotin 2500 mg
    4.8
    • Active ingredients: biotin, inulin
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    • Form: capsules
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    • Dose: 1 capsule daily
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    • Sufficient for: 60 days
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    See price
    in the Natu.Care shop
    Product description

    Pharmovit Biotin is a dietary supplement that supports the health of the skin and hair improving their condition. In addition, the product cares for the proper functioning of the nervous system, supports psychological functions and contributes to maintaining normal energy and macronutrient 

    metabolism.
    Pros and cons

    Pharmovit Biotin is a dietary supplement that supports the health of the skin and hair improving their condition. In addition, the product cares for the proper functioning of the nervous system, supports psychological functions and contributes to maintaining normal energy and macronutrient 

    metabolism.
    Additional information

    Pharmovit Biotin is a dietary supplement that supports the health of the skin and hair improving their condition. In addition, the product cares for the proper functioning of the nervous system, supports psychological functions and contributes to maintaining normal energy and macronutrient 

    metabolism.

    Efficient packaging

    Pharmovit MSM organic sulphur

    Pharmovit MSM organic sulphur
    4.6
    • Main ingredients: MSM (organic sulfur)
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    • Form: tablets
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    • Packaging: 60 tablets
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    • Dose: 2 tablets daily
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    • Sufficient for: 30 days
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    See price
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    Product description

    Organic sulphur improves the appearance and condition of skinóry, hairów and nails. It supports the health of the musculoskeletal system – it can relieve painóle and stiffness in the jointsóand supports muscle regeneration.

    Pros and cons

    Organic sulphur improves the appearance and condition of skinóry, hairów and nails. It supports the health of the musculoskeletal system – it can relieve painóle and stiffness in the jointsóand supports muscle regeneration.

    Additional information

    Organic sulphur improves the appearance and condition of skinóry, hairów and nails. It supports the health of the musculoskeletal system – it can relieve painóle and stiffness in the jointsóand supports muscle regeneration.

    User review

    Organic sulphur improves the appearance and condition of skinóry, hairów and nails. It supports the health of the musculoskeletal system – it can relieve painóle and stiffness in the jointsóand supports muscle regeneration.

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    Replenishes deficiency

    Intenson, biotin tablets

    Intenson, biotin tablets
    4.8
    • Main ingredients: biotin
    • Form: tablets
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    • Packaging: 60 tablets
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    • Dose: 2 tablets daily
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    • Sufficient for: 30 days
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    See price
    in the Natu.Care shop
    Product description

    Natural dietary supplement biotin 5000 ug is a formulation containing as much as 2500 µq of biotin (vitamin H) per tablet.

    Pros and cons

    Natural dietary supplement biotin 5000 ug is a formulation containing as much as 2500 µq of biotin (vitamin H) per tablet.

    Additional information

    Natural dietary supplement biotin 5000 ug is a formulation containing as much as 2500 µq of biotin (vitamin H) per tablet.

    User review

    Natural dietary supplement biotin 5000 ug is a formulation containing as much as 2500 µq of biotin (vitamin H) per tablet.

    Hydrolysed keratin

    ALLDEYNN BEAUTYROSE

    ALLDEYNN BEAUTYROSE
    4.5
    • Main ingredients: hydrolyzed keratin, MSM, choline, inositol, L-cysteine, vitamin Cvitamin Ezincbiotin, copper, vitamin A
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    • Form: tablets
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    • Packaging: 120 tablets
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    • Dose: 4 tablets daily
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    • Sufficient for: 30 days
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    See price
    in the Natu.Care shop
    Product description

    Professional nutricosmetic with a conditioning action thatós helps to take care of the optimal condition of your skinós, hairós and nails from within. It contains NHS Cynatine keratin, whichóra is a 100% natural form of keratin. It is more easily absorbed by the body and more effective than standard forms of keratin.

    Product recommended for hair lossóy, brittle, fragile and splitting nails and poor skinóy condition (imperfections, dry complexion).

    Pros and cons

    Professional nutricosmetic with a conditioning action thatós helps to take care of the optimal condition of your skinós, hairós and nails from within. It contains NHS Cynatine keratin, whichóra is a 100% natural form of keratin. It is more easily absorbed by the body and more effective than standard forms of keratin.

    Product recommended for hair lossóy, brittle, fragile and splitting nails and poor skinóy condition (imperfections, dry complexion).

    Additional information

    Professional nutricosmetic with a conditioning action thatós helps to take care of the optimal condition of your skinós, hairós and nails from within. It contains NHS Cynatine keratin, whichóra is a 100% natural form of keratin. It is more easily absorbed by the body and more effective than standard forms of keratin.

    Product recommended for hair lossóy, brittle, fragile and splitting nails and poor skinóy condition (imperfections, dry complexion).

    User review

    Professional nutricosmetic with a conditioning action thatós helps to take care of the optimal condition of your skinós, hairós and nails from within. It contains NHS Cynatine keratin, whichóra is a 100% natural form of keratin. It is more easily absorbed by the body and more effective than standard forms of keratin.

    Product recommended for hair lossóy, brittle, fragile and splitting nails and poor skinóy condition (imperfections, dry complexion).

    10 ingredients

    YANGO, More Hair™

    YANGO, More Hair™
    4.8
    • Main active ingredients: L-cysteine, L-methionine, zinc, selenium, biotin, copper, iron, vitamin B12, nettle, sabal palm
    • Form: capsules
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    • Dose: 1 capsule per day
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    • Sufficient for: 90 days
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    See price
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    Product description

    Synergistic combination of 10 ingredientsós: vitamins, mineralsós, amino acidsós and plant extractsós for healthy hairós. This product is recommended to support the treatment of hair lossó

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    Pros and cons

    Synergistic combination of 10 ingredientsós: vitamins, mineralsós, amino acidsós and plant extractsós for healthy hairós. This product is recommended to support the treatment of hair lossó

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    Additional information

    Synergistic combination of 10 ingredientsós: vitamins, mineralsós, amino acidsós and plant extractsós for healthy hairós. This product is recommended to support the treatment of hair lossó

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    100% MSM

    Intenson, MSM (organic sulphur)

    Intenson, MSM (organic sulphur)
    4.9
    • Main ingredients: MSM (organic sulfur)
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    • Form: powder
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    • Packaging: 500 g
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    • Dose: 2 g per day
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    • Sufficient for: 8 months
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    See price
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    Product description

    Organic sulphur can support youróbody by affecting the condition of your skinóry, hairónails. It also has the potential to alleviate painólójointsóand reduce muscle recovery time after exercise.

    Pros and cons

    Organic sulphur can support youróbody by affecting the condition of your skinóry, hairónails. It also has the potential to alleviate painólójointsóand reduce muscle recovery time after exercise.

    Additional information

    Organic sulphur can support youróbody by affecting the condition of your skinóry, hairónails. It also has the potential to alleviate painólójointsóand reduce muscle recovery time after exercise.

    User review

    Organic sulphur can support youróbody by affecting the condition of your skinóry, hairónails. It also has the potential to alleviate painólójointsóand reduce muscle recovery time after exercise.

    Promotes hair growth

    Sundose° For Hair Growth°

    Sundose° For Hair Growth°
    4.8
    • Main active ingredients: biotin, copper, selenium, MSM (organic sulphur), field horsetail extract 
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    • Form: capsules
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    • Dose: 2 capsules daily
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    • Sufficient for: 30 days
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    See price
    in the Natu.Care shop
    Product description

    For Hair Growth° from Sundose is a preparation thatóry supports not only the hair, but also the skinóhand and nails (thanks to biotin). The supplement also has copper and zinc in its composition, whichós well absorbed form makes it a good choice. 

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    On the plus side, MSM (organic sulphur), known as the beauty mineral, supports hair structure and stimulates hair growth. We also praise the standardisation of field horsetail, so you know it's not an empty ingredient – it will work for your beauty.

    Pros and cons

    For Hair Growth° from Sundose is a preparation thatóry supports not only the hair, but also the skinóhand and nails (thanks to biotin). The supplement also has copper and zinc in its composition, whichós well absorbed form makes it a good choice. 

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    On the plus side, MSM (organic sulphur), known as the beauty mineral, supports hair structure and stimulates hair growth. We also praise the standardisation of field horsetail, so you know it's not an empty ingredient – it will work for your beauty.

    Additional information

    For Hair Growth° from Sundose is a preparation thatóry supports not only the hair, but also the skinóhand and nails (thanks to biotin). The supplement also has copper and zinc in its composition, whichós well absorbed form makes it a good choice. 

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    On the plus side, MSM (organic sulphur), known as the beauty mineral, supports hair structure and stimulates hair growth. We also praise the standardisation of field horsetail, so you know it's not an empty ingredient – it will work for your beauty.

    Aura Herbals NatiCol Fish Collagen

    Aura Herbals NatiCol Fish Collagen
    4.5
    • Collagen content: 800 mg Naticol marine collagen
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    • Additional active ingredients: grape seed extract, hyaluronic acid, vitamin C, vitamin E, zinc, selenium, biotin
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    • Form: capsules
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    • Dose: 1 or 2 capsules daily
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    • Sufficient for: 30/60 days
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    See price
    in the Natu.Care shop
    Product description

    Fish collagen tablets (actually capsules) NatiCol from AuraHerbals is a dietary supplement whichóry contains marine collagen and numerous additional active ingredients.

    Pros and cons

    Fish collagen tablets (actually capsules) NatiCol from AuraHerbals is a dietary supplement whichóry contains marine collagen and numerous additional active ingredients.

    Additional information

    Fish collagen tablets (actually capsules) NatiCol from AuraHerbals is a dietary supplement whichóry contains marine collagen and numerous additional active ingredients.

    2000% of the daily requirement

    Solgar D-biotin

    Solgar D-biotin
    4.9
    • Active ingredients: biotin
    • Form: capsules
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    • Dose: 1 capsule per day
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    • Sufficient for: 50 days
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    See price
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    Product description

    D-biotin helps to maintain healthy hair and skinóhand and also supports the proper functioning of the nervous system. Recommended if your hair is in poor condition (falling out, brittle) and your nails are brittle and you cannot grow them.

    Pros and cons

    D-biotin helps to maintain healthy hair and skinóhand and also supports the proper functioning of the nervous system. Recommended if your hair is in poor condition (falling out, brittle) and your nails are brittle and you cannot grow them.

    Additional information

    D-biotin helps to maintain healthy hair and skinóhand and also supports the proper functioning of the nervous system. Recommended if your hair is in poor condition (falling out, brittle) and your nails are brittle and you cannot grow them.

    User review

    D-biotin helps to maintain healthy hair and skinóhand and also supports the proper functioning of the nervous system. Recommended if your hair is in poor condition (falling out, brittle) and your nails are brittle and you cannot grow them.

    Efficient packaging

    Aura Herbals - MSM - Organic Sulphur Compound

    Aura Herbals - MSM - Organic Sulphur Compound
    4.9
    • Active ingredients: methylsulfonylmethane (MSM)
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    • Form: powder
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    • Dose: 2 grams per day
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    • Sufficient for: 100 days
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    See price
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    Product description

    A dietary supplement to support joint health – prevent bóls and stiffness. MSM from Aura Herbals can also speed up recovery after exercise, and reduce stress and muscle damage.

    Pros and cons

    A dietary supplement to support joint health – prevent bóls and stiffness. MSM from Aura Herbals can also speed up recovery after exercise, and reduce stress and muscle damage.

    Additional information

    A dietary supplement to support joint health – prevent bóls and stiffness. MSM from Aura Herbals can also speed up recovery after exercise, and reduce stress and muscle damage.

    Convenient dosage

    Aura Herbals Coenzyme Q10 and Vitamin E

    Aura Herbals Coenzyme Q10 and Vitamin E
    4.9
    • Active ingredients: vitamin E, coenzyme Q10
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    • Form: drops
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    • Dose: 15 drops daily
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    • Packaging: 30 ml
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    See price
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    Product description

    Coenzyme Q10 + vitamin E drops is a dietary supplement with strong antioxidant effects. The product prevents free radicals and thus supports the elimination of wrinkles and ageing.

    Pros and cons

    Coenzyme Q10 + vitamin E drops is a dietary supplement with strong antioxidant effects. The product prevents free radicals and thus supports the elimination of wrinkles and ageing.

    Additional information

    Coenzyme Q10 + vitamin E drops is a dietary supplement with strong antioxidant effects. The product prevents free radicals and thus supports the elimination of wrinkles and ageing.

    Hair vitamins - which are the most important?

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    Thick, shiny and touchable hair is the result of proper hair nutritionand. The most important nutrients for the healthy condition of our hair are:

    If you are interested in what other health-promoting properties these nutrients have - click on the name and be taken to the article on the substance in question. All texts were created in collaboration with experts.

    Hair supplements during pregnancy and breastfeeding

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    Many pregnant women reach for vitamin supplements to take care of their health and appearance. This special period requires attention to an adequate supply of nutrients. 

    What should mothers-to-be keep in mind?

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    Pregnancy supplements are an important dietary supplement for pregnant women. It is already common knowledge that you need to take folic acid (sometimes in a methylated - active form) or vitamin D. Therefore, if you are planning intensive supplementation or are carrying one out and are pregnant - talk to your gynaecologist about whether it is definitely good for you and your baby.
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    Artur Drobniak.

    Arthur Drobniak Doctor of Medicine, specialist in gynaecology and obstetrics, co-founder of Feminature Clinic

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    Not all vitamins are good for pregnancy. For example, an excess of vitamin A is highly teratogenic, i.e. harmful to the foetus, the doctor adds.

    Are you breastfeeding and want to support nail regeneration after pregnancy and postpartum? Can you use dietary supplements? I asked my pharmacist about this.

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    Food supplements containing B vitamins, vitamins A and E, as well as micronutrients such as zinc or copper, should have no harmful effects during breastfeeding. We can successfully find these ingredients in preparations intended specifically for breastfeeding women.
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    Ilona Krzak.

    Ilona Krzak Master of Pharmacy

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    Memorise a balanced, nutritious diet while breastfeeding. Diet, not supplementation, is the most important source of nutrients. If you are in doubt about supplementation with specific ingredients - ask your GP or pharmacist for advice, adds Ilona Krzak, M.D.

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    See also:

    Falling and weak hair? Doctor's advice

    What's wrong with you? Do you find clumps of hair on your brush, hair is brittle or you have a dry scalp? What should you do if your hair is in poor condition?"

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    Doctor of Medical Sciences Witold Tomaszewski advises:

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    • Do blood tests: morphology (preferably dilated), concentrations of thyroid hormones (TSH, FT-3, FT-4) and potential vitamin and mineral deficiencies (B12, iron, ferritin, zinc, transferrin).
    • Do the following.
    • Consider your menu - is it balanced and varied? Diet is the primary source of nutrient acquisition.
    • Visit a trichologist - get yourself examined by a specialist. See your skin and hair follicles up close! Nothing hides from the trichoscope.
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    See also:

    Hair tablets - are they enough?

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    Unfortunately no, even the best hair pills won't help 100% if you don't take care of your health: diet, physical activity, sleep, reducing stimulants and stress. Not sure where to start? Check out the articles:

    Summary

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    • When looking for the best dietary supplement for you, pay attention to the active ingredients, especially if your tests have shown you to be deficient in vitamins and minerals.
    • Pay attention to the active ingredients.
    • Memorise regular blood tests. Check your thyroid hormones, and if you suspect a vitamin and mineral deficiency - don't wait, get your vitamin and mineral levels checked.
    • Pay attention to your diet. Your menu should provide most of the vitamins and other nutrients important for your health.
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    FAQ

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    . When is hair loss a concern?.

    Hair loss should worry you when you find more hair on your brush than usual after combing. Excessive hair loss also manifests as loss of shine, dryness, brittleness, receding hairline, scalp pain and itching, and increasing parting and clearance.

    . What disease can hair loss be indicative of?.

    Hair loss can be caused by autoimmune diseases (e.g. seborrhoeic dermatitis, psoriasis, rheumatoid arthritis), endocrine disorders (e.g. PCOS, Hashimoto's), chronic systemic diseases (e.g. renal failure, liver disease, diabetes mellitus), coeliac disease and cancer, among others.

    . What is missing in the body when hair falls out?.

    Excessive hair loss may be indicative of a deficiency in certain vitamins, minerals and amino acids such as zinc, iron, B vitamins, biotin, vitamin D, arginine, cysteine. Deficiencies in these nutrients should be supplemented with a nutritious and varied diet or with the help of nutritional supplements.

    . How often to wash hair that is falling out?.

    Hair washing frequency depends on the cause of hair loss, skin type and condition, any medical condition and the hair cosmetics used. It is best to consult a trichologist and dermatologist, who can best assess the condition of the scalp and hair based on an examination and suggest a washing plan.

    . What to buy in a pharmacy for hair loss?.

    There are a number of specialist hair loss preparations available in pharmacies to inhibit hair loss and promote new hair growth. You can buy: shampoos, conditioners, rubs, boosters, as well as medicines and diet supplements with valuable ingredients for hair.

    . What are the best preparations for hair loss?.

    The best hair loss product is one that you buy based on a specialist diagnosis from a trichologist or dermatologist. Hair loss products should always address your current needs and problems. Recommended products include rubs, conditioners, shampoos and boosters.

    . Are hair supplements effective?.

    Yes, supplements can replenish deficiencies of vitamins and minerals important for hair growth and provide valuable ingredients to improve the appearance and condition of hair.

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