A couple of years or so ago, I got an email from a guy called Robert. We ended up scheduling a phone call and he told me he had this great idea for a product to help hair grow. We chatted for a while and I wished him well. Recently, Robert got back to me with samples of Follicle Fuel, an oral supplement to help attain thicker and fuller hair. Way to go Robert – from crazy dream to reality! What’s more, Follicle Fuel is pretty good.

Robert says Follicle Fuel should be taken for a minimum of three months to see results. I started about two months ago and my hair is looking good and feeling thicker. Of course, I am still using Hair Vitality Complex on my hair line and it seems to me that the two products are very complimentary.

I’ve been thinking for some time about taking a biotin supplement to encourage healthy hair, but get overwhelmed (and underwhelmed at the same time) by the choice in Whole Foods. So I was pleased to see that Follicle Fuel is big on biotin. Because biotin deficiency can lead to hair loss, it is taken by people to help hair growth – although it must be said there are no published studies to back this up.

Follicle Fuel’s formula includes beta sistosterol, a plant derived phytosterol. It is one of the components of saw palmetto, a plant that is commonly associated with hair loss treatments. It is supposed to be an inhibitor of dihydrotestosterone (DHT), a metabolite of the hormone testosterone and known to be responsible for hair loss. There isn’t a lot of scientific evidence for this, although I did find one supporting study.

To my surprise, there is some research for eclipta prostrata extract. Indian researchers concluded it “may have potential as a hair growth promoter”. Meanwhile bamboo is a source of silica, which gives structural support to hair and nails. Some of the other ingredients, such as ligustrum lucidum extract and green tea are antioxidants

The only thing I don’t like is that a daily serving is three (largish) capsules and if you already take other supplements it can feel like a major addition. Follicle Fuel costs $39.99 for 90 capsules (a month’s supply).

Ingredients: Biotin  2,000 mcg, Iodine (from kelp)  150 mcg, Zinc (as zinc gluconate) 5 mg, Follicle Fuel Proprietary Blend 1705 mg: Eclipta Extract 4:1 (Eclipta prostrata) (whole plant), Beta Sitosterol (from Non-GMO vegetable oils), MSM (Methylsulfonylmethane), Glossy Privet Extract 4:1 (Ligustrum lucidum) (fruit), Bamboo Extract (Bambusa vulgaris) (stems) [Standardized for 70% Organic Silica], Amla Fresh Fruit 25:1 Water Extract (Emblica officinalis) [Standardized for 35% Hydrolysable Gallo Ellagic Tannins], Hyaluronic Acid (natural sodium hyaluronate from fermentation), Green Tea Extract (Camellia sinensis) (dried leaves) [Standardized for 95% Polyphenols 45% EGCG] Bioperine Nature's Thermonutrient (Piper nigrum) (fruit) [Standardized for 95% Piperine (4.75 mg)] 5 m