At first glance, Euramin Vital Hair (or "VITAL HAIR" as the manufacturer seems to "shout" it) looks like just another food supplement for your hair. And, as such, one that might well be added to the ever growing list of supplements that simply do not work!
But, is it yet another gimmick out to make money from your hair loss misery, or is there something special about this product?
Read this review and decide for yourself. Also learn if there are any side effects you need to know about.
As the name suggests, Euramin Vital Hair does contain some ingredients that are important, maybe even vital, for healthy hair regrowth. These include several vitamins, amino acids and the mineral zinc.
But, is it absolutely necessary to deliver all these nutrients to your body via a food supplement?
The short answer is "no".
Most health professionals (i.e., nutritionists and doctors) don’t think it is.
And even the manufacturers of food supplements (including Euramin) clearly agree because their product labels always state something along the lines of:
"This supplement should not be used as a substitute for a balanced and varied diet."
Furthermore, given that the rest of your body probably grows hair perfectly well (legs, arms, pubic hair, etc.) this essentially proves that your body is getting all the protein (which gets digested and then reformed into amino acids), vitamins and minerals it needs.
It’s just the hair on your head that seems to be the problem, right?
So, what if you take extra nutrients, perhaps on a long-term, regular basis? Could they boost hair regrowth on your scalp?
There are two reasons why I don’t think they can:
1. Most vitamins, including the B vitamins in Euramin Vital Hair, are water-soluble. This means that, if your body doesn’t fully use the high dose of supplements you’re putting into it, it will simply excrete any excess in your urine. A good, easily detectable example of this is vitamin B2 (riboflavin) which, in excess, turns urine bright yellow.
2. The levels of most nutrients in Euramin Vital Hair are not especially high anyway. Take a look at the B vitamins for example: a daily dose (4 capsules) will give you a very low amount when compared to, say, a simple multi B vitamin formula from somewhere like Holland and Barrett.
First, here’s the B vitamin list from Euramin Vital Hair:
Thiamine (vitamin B1) - 3.8 mg
Riboflavin (vitamin B2) - 4.9 mg
Niacin (vitamin B3) - 54.5 mg
Pantothenic acid (vitamin B5) - 20 mg
Pyridoxine (vitamin B6) - 4.7 mg
Cyanocobalamin (vitamin B12) - 8.5 ug
Folic acid - 690 ug
Biotin - 150 ug
Note: ug refers to micrograms – one ug is just one thousandth of a milligram (mg).
Don’t forget, you have to take four capsules of Euramin Vital Hair to get this dose.
Now, compare that with a simple health shop brand which costs a fraction of the price of the Euramin supplement) and only requires one caplet taken per day (see photo).
In this example, only biotin and folic acid levels are slightly higher in the Euramin product. All the other B vitamins are much lower.
at least for the B vitamins, you might be inclined to think that you
can probably get a better deal from a different product.
Here’s the remaining ingredient list from Euramin Vital Hair:
Vitamin C - 88 mg
Zinc - 14.5 mg
L-arginine - 630 mg
L-methionine - 380 mg
L-glutamine - 220 mg
Goji berry extract - 18 mg
Once again, you can probably get the amino acids (L-arginine, L-methionine and L-glutamine) quite easily from other supplements at a higher dose and lower price.
Or, you might prefer to get your amino acids from your diet alone. For example, methionine rich foods include: pumpkin seeds, soya beans, lentils, turkey, trout, etc.
Goji berries (wolfberries) are quite an interesting ingredient in this list because they’re said to be one of the so-called "super-foods".
Note that the ingredient list states "extract" - this basically means that the product contains a more concentrated form of the active ingredients than if you were to take say, a simple ground up powered product.
Likewise, if you simply eat raw goji berries, whilst you’ll still be getting the active ingredients, gram for gram they probably won’t give you as much as you would get from taking a supplement containing the extract.
Read the flyer below and you can see the nutrients goji berries contain and the therapeutic benefits they are said to have.
There have been one or two reports of minor side effects (restlessness, tingling sensations, etc.) but nothing too major. From the ingredient list, there certainly doesn’t appear to be any substance, or at a toxic dose, that should cause any harm at all.
There are currently no testimonials on the official Euramin website, but there have been some Euramin Vital Hair reviews in forums both for and against this product. However, I personally don’t think it wise to trust forums (and you can read this article to find out why).
Everyone’s different, of course. So, what helps one person might not help someone else. And that means the only real way to know if it actually works, is to try it.
Clearly, it’s a lot easier to take just one type of supplement
rather than having to shop around and "mix and match" other products. So
you might like the idea of taking a product like Euramin Vital
However, personally I think that whilst some food supplements can support hair growth, I do not believe any supplement can reverse hair loss.
Perhaps, if you don’t follow a healthy and varied diet, it might be a good idea to take a food supplement to try and restore the level of nutrients your body needs.
But that doesn’t guarantee that the hair on your head will miraculously start growing again!
Food supplements are probably only going to really help if a nutrient deficiency was the reason for your hair loss in the first place.
In which case, if you suffer hair loss (and care enough about your hair to want to get it growing normally again) but don’t
follow a healthy diet, then surely the first and most important thing
you need to do is change your diet, rather than simply start taking food
Learn more about vitamins and minerals for thinning hair and hair loss?
Note: It's best to speak with a doctor or nutritionist before you start using dietary supplements for hair loss.
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