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Introduction

Nutrafol Core For Men Product ImageThere are many haircare supplements being sold at the moment, but few are aimed exclusively at men. Nutrafol Core For Men is one of those products. Of course, male pattern baldness has long been an issue, and there have been many products aimed at men. These are often topical products such as caffeinated shampoos or hair replacement therapies.

Nutrafol Core For Men is something different, it is a dietary supplement that looks to treat the root cause of hair loss in men. Yes, there are ingredients within it that are designed to increase hair growth and improve hair quality. But there are also ingredients whose function is to reduce stress and fatigue, improve sleep quality, and help men to lead healthier lives – which can prevent hair loss in the first place.

In this Nutrafol Core For Men review, we’ll be taking an in-depth look into the formula, seeing what (if anything) makes Nutrafol Core special, and whether it is worth purchasing.

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What Is Nutrafol Core For Men?

Nutrafol Core For Men is a hair growth supplement designed for men who want to protect and improve the health of their hair. It is made by a US-based company named Nutrafol.

While many male hair care supplements concentrate exclusively on fixing the problem of baldness, Nutrafol Core for men also tries to address potential causes for hair loss. Stress, insomnia, low testosterone, and a poor immune system.

Nutrafol comes packaged as a monthly plan, with each month costing $79. They claim that the first three months is where you set the stage for growth, that months four, five, and six are where you will begin to see healthier hair growth, and that from seven months on you are taking Nutrafol Core For Men to maintain and improve your hair further.

As you can see, this is not an inexpensive supplement. Even the bare minimum of six months will set you back $474 and a year’s supply will cost double that! If you go on their website, you will be able to take a questionnaire that will help you to determine your “Growth Plan”. This is clearly a way to sell you their product, but its also a really nice touch (in our opinion) that shows that Nutrafol are looking to tailor their product to the individual customer’s needs.

Nutrafol Core For Men is available from Amazon, where you can buy as much of the product as you want. Alternatively, you can buy it from the official Nutrafol Core For Men website directly, where you can enroll in the monthly payment plan. You can pause or cancel this plan whenever you want – Nutrafol claim they will not make it difficult for you.

Consumers are promised four main benefits from using the product:

  1. Hair Growth
  2. Improved Hair Quality
  3. Effective Medical-Grade Ingredients
  4. Improved Overall Health

Nutrafol themselves claim that within 7 months you should have seen a significant improvement in your hair quality and growth, as well as an improvement in your overall health. Let’s explore whether this is the case or not.

Does Nutrafol Core For Men Work?

Nutrafol is very transparent with their supplement ingredients list; they have a breakdown of each ingredient, and back up their claims with scientific studies. What more could we ask for?

Okay, well one thing we could ask for would be individual ingredient measurements, rather than the use of proprietary blends and complexes (which mask the true amounts of each ingredient).

Still, compared to many supplement companies, Nutrafol have made our lives a LOT easier, and the studies they have mentioned are all peer-reviewed studies that have been completed on humans (making them the gold standard of scientific studies).

There are many ingredients contained within Nutrafol Core For Men, so we’ll just highlight some of the main ones. Tocotrienols, a strong form of Vitamin E has been found to support health hair growth in men. A 2010 study by Beoy, Woei, & Hay found that supplementation with tocotrienols increased hair growth in people who were suffering from hair loss [1].

The study theorized that this was caused by “the antioxidant activity of tocotrienols that helped to reduce lipid peroxidation and oxidative stress in the scalp, which are reported to be associated with alopecia”.

Another main ingredient is ashwagandha, an ayurvedic herb that is known to reduce cortisol and c-reactive protein. There is a lot of evidence that this herb can reduce stress, fatigue, and insomnia, while also boosting mood, testosterone [2], and lowering anxiety.

A 2009 study on older men in India found that taking 3g of Ashwagandha per day led to an increase in hair melanin content [3]. Meaning that it could potentially prevent hair from turning grey with age.

Ashwagandha appears to help hair directly (preserving melanin, reducing c-reactive protein) and indirectly (reducing stress, improving sleep, increasing testosterone) making it a great choice for a male hair care product.

Saw palmetto is also present in Nutrafol Core for men, and it definitely deserves to be. One of the functions of saw palmetto that makes it so useful is its ability to prevent the conversion of testosterone into DHT (the sex steroid that causes hair follicles to shrink and lead to male pattern baldness).

A 2012 study published in the International Journal of Immunopathology and Pharmacology looked at the effects of saw palmetto on hair growth [4]. Over a period of two years, a group of men took saw palmetto supplements. Of that group 38% saw a significant increase in hair growth, with most of the hair growing around the back of the head rather than the frontal region.

Bottom Line: After taking a look at the major ingredients contained within Nutrafol Core For Men we can say that yes, it does appear to work. There are a lot of ingredients that we didn’t review (we’d be here all day – as would you), but just looking over them we can see that the product will indeed improve your overall health, reduce cortisol (which can increase hair loss), reduce DHT, improve mood, and directly improve hair growth.

The Pros and Cons of Nutrafol Core For Men

Below, we have listed everything that we like about Nutrafol Core For Men, and everything that we didn’t like.

The Pros

  • Nutrafol Core contains ingredients that may directly and indirectly improve hair growth
  • Saw palmetto is an ingredient that has been shown to prevent the conversion of testosterone into DHT, which could further help protect against hair loss
  • Ashwagandha is a fantastic, all-purpose, supplement ingredient that has many hair-specific benefits; it can also improve your overall health, libido, testosterone, and mood too
  • Tocotrienols are another proven ingredient that can help improve hair growth
  • All ingredients are highlighted and explained in-depth on the Nutrafol website
  • The company proposes a realistic timeframe for results

The Cons

  • The promised effects are not 100% guaranteed for every single person who uses it
  • The use of proprietary blends and complexes hides the actual amount of each ingredient that is contained within the product, meaning that we have no idea whether the ingredients are in effective doses or not
  • The price is very high, particularly considering how long it would take to see results, and the advice to continue use afterwards.

What Are The Nutrafol Core For Men Ingredients?

We’ve found the following supplement facts for this product:

One 4-Capsule Serving Contains: Vitamin A 5000IU, Vitamin C 60mg, Vitamin D 2500IU, Biotin 3000mcg, Zinc 25mg, Selenium 200mcg, Proprietary Blend 2190mg (Collagen, Saw Palmetto, Curcumin, Tocotrienol, Hyaluronic Acid), and Proprietary Blend 510mg (Keratin, L-Methionine, L-Cysteine, L-Lysine, Horsetail Extract, Resveratrol, Bioperine, Cayenne Extract).

Is Nutrafol Core For Men Safe?

While high doses of vitamin E may be dangerous, we can assume that Nutrafol Core For Men has stayed well within the acceptable ranges for this ingredient (tocotrienol).

To be clear, the product does not contain anything that’s been officially banned or deemed as unsuitable for human consumption.

Is Nutrafol Core For Men Suitable For Everyone?

Those who are taking antiplatelet medication may wish to avoid using it, as certain ingredients within the formula may interfere with them.

What Are The Nutrafol Core For Men Side Effects?

We’ve compiled the following potential side effects based on the ingredients inside this formula:

  • Dizziness
  • Headache
  • Feelings of nausea
  • Vomiting
  • Constipation
  • Diarrhea [5]

Note: these side effects are possible but may not be the typical user experience.

Are There Any Nutrafol Core For Men Reviews From Customers?

There are very few testimonials available on the Nutrafol website, just one that we could find: From a man named Mustafa who is very pleased with the increases in density and fullness that he has experienced. We found further customer testimonials on Amazon:

I have type 2 diabetes and have been using nutrafol for about 60 days now – seeing excellent results and I’m very pleased (even the hair on my legs is growing faster!). I see everyone thinks that results will be mixed, but i’m convinced that it works.

I’m definitely noticing an increase in hair thickness at the base of my head. Working, but slowly. I will keep sticking with it for the time being.

Took nutrafol for men for 5 whole months, paid $440, and saw no results at all.

In addition to written testimonials, some customers have posted photos of their progress, which do appear to be very impressive, however we cannot fully verify the validity of them.

Our Final Verdict On Nutrafol Core For Men

Nutrafol Core For Men seems to be the real deal, it has some excellent reviews (albeit anecdotal) and some evidence-backed ingredients that really do appear to improve hair growth in men. The price is a little steep, but sometimes you have to pay more for the best, and in Nutrafol Core For Men, you may well be looking at the best. Worth trying in our opinion.

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