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Product: FolliGRO

Company: FolliGRO

Size: 30 Day Supply

Ingredients:

System 1: Fenugreek Extract 260mg, Calcium Pantothenate 10mg, Nicotinamide 10mg, Vitamin B6 2mg, Vitamin B2 1.5mg, Folic Acid 95mcg.

System 2: Purified Water, Glycerin, Lecithin, Liposterolic Extracts of Serenoa Repens Berries ( Saw Palmetto ) ( equal to 130mg / spray ), L-Arginine ( equal to 16mg / spray ), Polysorbate-20, Flavours, Niacinamide ( equal to 6mg / spray ), Zinc Gluconate ( equal to 1mg / spray ), Alpha-Tocopherol, Citric Acid, Stevia Extract, Potassium Sorbate.

Dosage:

System 1: One capsule taken daily.

System 2: Spray one complete spray and hold under tongue for 20 seconds before swallowing in the morning. Spray one to two complete sprays in the evening.

Description: Lack of vitality, poor condition, thinning and certain types of premature hair loss, can all be exacerbated by impaired blood circulation to the hair follicle, causing a deficiency of oxygen and nutritive substances at the root of the hair.Fenugreek has been used safely and extensively as a vegetable and condiment for hundreds of years, especially so by the people of the Indian subcontinent and those of Jewish origin. Moreover, it is also used on its own as an ingredient in many folklore medicines and official herbal formulae all over the world, be any physicians practising in the ancient art of Ayurvedic medicine in India, by herbalists in throughout Europe In fact, Fenugreek has been used to help a diverse range of ailments such as bronchitis, as an adjunct to diabetic therapy or for alleviating general debility. It was through such use and its resulting effects that it was developed and the formulation of the "magic potion" for improving hair health came into being.

Serenoa repens, which stems from the tomato family, a natural product, is contained in the sub/lingual spray.

The individual hair grows between 0.2mm and 0.3mm a day. This growth is generated at the root, which is enclosed by small blood vessels (capillaries). Nutrients important to the growth are transported via the capillaries. Each hair will continue to grow for three to six years, provided the root is well nourished.

Approximately 80% of hair, provided it is healthy and well nourished, is in the growing (anagen) phase. The other 20% is either in the transition (catagen) or resting (telogen) phase. This is where the hair slowly loosens itself from the root and eventually falls out.

In the western world, it is increasingly true that the toil of daily stress and strain of life is leading to a general decline in hair health resulting in the thinning of hair and even premature baldness for some.

A problem as old as mankind!

For centuries there have been many claims to cure baldness, all had one thing in common, they offered hope and usually didn’t work. The reason for this is simple. None of them actually took into account the science involved.

Only in comparatively recent times, following years of intensive research, have the mechanisms of hair loss become much clearer to the medical and scientific community.

Women's Hair Loss

Females have two prime hormones: Progesterone and Oestrogen. Oestrogens are really a group name for three female hormones: Estrodoil, Estrial and Estrone. Progesterone refers to a single hormone and not a group.

To understand female hair loss it helps to have an understanding of the female menstrual cycle as this is interrelated to her hormonal balance. In a normal menstrual cycle every 26 to 28 days the ovaries, which contain a woman'seggs, start to get some eggs ready to be fertilised. After 10 to 12 days , one egg is moved to the outer surface of the ovary and the follicle bursts which releases the egg into the fallopian tube for its journey to the uterus. The follicle then becomes known as the corpus luteum. When the egg is ripening in the ovary the uterus is preparing itself for the possibility of a growing foetus.

Part of this preparation involves the uterine lining becoming thicker and engorged with blood that will nourish the growing embryo. If a fertilised egg is not implanted in the uterus, it sheds its lining resulting in menstruation. The cycle then begins again. Oestrogen is the dominant hormone during the first seven or so days of the cycle, with its level peaking at around day twelve.

At this point progesterone which is being produced by the now empty follicle called the corpus luteum, becomes the dominant hormone. If pregnancy does not occur within 10 to 12 days both oestrogen and progesterone levels fall abruptly, triggering menstruation. After menopause, the eggs are no longer released and menstruation ceases, with a resultant reduction in oestrogen and progesterone levels. Female hormones are precursors to other hormones and the body therefore finds another route for production.

This route results in the production of a hormone which is similar in structure to the male hormone testosterone and can, in fact, be converted into the male hormone. The hormonal shift put simply results in a slight masculinisation with hair loss in a male pattern (receding temples) and also a general thinning. Often younger women go through periods of time where they do not release an egg but still have menstrual periods. The hormones are therefore imbalanced in this set of circumstances and hair loss is common.

Males do produce a small amount of the female hormones and some work has been done on giving female hormones to men in an attempt to halt their hair loss. This route has not proved too popular to date as the hormones produce feminizing effects.

Men's Hair Loss

Increasing baldness at the crown of the head, and thinning and receding at the temples, is primarily caused by a hormone calles Dihydrotestosterone, ans is called by hair experts "male pattern baldness"(MPB)

However this condition is not only restricted to men because, worryingly, women too are now increasingly suffering hair loss.

There is no doubt that the stresses and strains of a modern lifestyle combined with dietary and environmental factors are also contributing to the problem. Combined they lead to lack of vitality and nutrients getting to the hair roots, and the resultant hair loss.

Bloodflow

The stress response involves the dilation (widening) of certain capillaries and the constriction of others. This mechanism allows optimum bloodflow to be directed to the areas that are needed for fight or flight, by taking it from lower priority areas. The skin and hair suffer a temporary reduction in supply, whilst the stress response continues, as does our digestive tract. Our system was designed to deal with short term stresses and then return to normal thereafter. Longer term stressors will therefore have a direct effect on our hairšs blood supply and our digestion of vital nutrients, which in turn may cause rapid shedding of hair.

Another problem with stress is that is causes muscular tension which may extend to the muscles that surround the scalp further restricting the bloodflow. It is interesting to note that studies have shown that bald men do have a lower bloodflow to the scalp than normal men in the same trials.

Drugs & hair loss

The most prominent drugs used in hair loss prevention, were discovered by accident when working in other areas:

1. Minoxidil: A drug used to control high blood pressure. It is a vasodilator, which means that it opens the smaller capillaries to reduce the blood pressure in the larger vessels. The original drug was taken orally and showed some hair re-growth potential. It was then experimented with topically (applied to the skin) and again showed hair re-growth potential. A stronger strength Minoxidil has recently been introduced to the market.

2. Finasteride: Discovered when work was being carried out to reduce enlarged prostates in men that were having difficulty urinating. It is a five alpha reductase (5AR) inhibitor. This, as explained earlier, is a key enzyme in the production of DHT, which is implicated in prostatic problems and in hair loss. A weaker version has been develop- ed for hair loss known as Propecia.

It would appear from the above that some other action is going on when you increase local bloodflow. When that action is understood, a new type of drug or nutritional approach is likely to be developed to focus specifically on that area. My reason for saying this is as follows: When you apply Minoxidil topically, blood flow is increased locally. More blood should mean more DHT locally (DHT and testosterone which converts to DHT can be carried in the blood) and therefore more hair loss should result. However increasing blood flow actually improves the situation.

Many people argue that Minoxidil may have another action, for example it may be having an influence over the local immune system, however other studies have shown that just increasing blood flow to the scalp helps retard hair loss. Drugs are not a usual constituent of our diets and therefore they can cause side effects. Both of the above do have side affects which are well documented because of their extensive trialling. Two more drugs have shown an action on hair loss:

3. Dianette (a brand of cyproterone) is used on women and stops the production of androgens (male type hormones).

4. Drugs that suppress the auto-immune system exert an influence over hair loss. This would imply that the hormonal affect is to create a localised immune reaction.

Summary

Drugs with four different actions have shown promise in hair loss: Drugs that suppress the immune system may benefit hair but the risk of side effects is too great. They are mentioned to highlight the auto-immune connection. Minoxidil increases bloodflow and may influence the immune system locally. Propecia blocks DHT production & Dianette blocks the production of testosterone. As with all drugs the risk of side effects exist. Vasodilators such as Minoxidil and DHT inhibitors such as Propecia / Finasteride are used. Usually a vasodilator like Minoxidil is used or a drug that stops the production of male hormonesuch as Dianette Drugs enhanced by nutrition. A scientific study in Britain on women with hair loss outlined an interesting fact: When women were taking drugs for hair loss, they could enhance its effect by supplementing with specific combination of nutrients.

Hair loss & stress

The word stress is used so regularly in our modern, busy life-styles that it is sometimes difficult to imagine life without some level of stress. The physiological transformation that occurs in our body is a hangover from our evolutionary past. If the body needed to prepare itself for fright, fight or flight, adrenaline would rush through the system and we would be in a state of preparedness to run away at high speed or defend our territory. The blood rushes to the muscles and to the core (which is why we go white with fright). This is an extremely useful response when running away from tigers, but not quite so good when we are keyed up to deal with the latest budgets with the M.D. or we tremble with nervousness before addressing an audience, hence the term 'stage-fright'.

The body adapts within certain limits to relatively low levels of stress and one of the problems is, we simply have no way of telling how stressed we are. Skin temperature is a reasonably good stress indicator, as blood is withdrawn from non-essential areas, like the skin, to feed the muscles, it causes a fall in tem- perature at the skin. We have already referred to testosterone, which has been found to have a negative feedback mechanism which works a little like the bal- lcock system in a toilet. When the testosterone reaches a certain required level, new production ceases for a while, just like the water flow that fills the toilet tank, stops when it reaches a given level. When levels fall the 'ballcock' records a lower reading and production is recommenced again. In this way a constant level is maintained.

There are sensors in our brains which record these lower levels and release hor- mones which tell us to start up production again. The actual mechanisms in our brain are far more complex than the crude workings of a ballcock. What actually happens is that our testosterone varies depending on what time of day it is, what time of year it is and also what age we are. Irrespective of this, the point I wish to make, is that there is a desired level which is predetermined. When we are stres- sed we produce two other hormones that affect our testosterone levels, one is called prolactin and the other DHEAS. Prolactin causes us to make more DHEAS which converts through to testosterone and it also makes the cells of our body take more testosterone and DHT into them.

Although testosterone production via the usual route remains constant, another route has been activated which does not have a ballcock to stop its production so the levels keep increasing and the cells become more efficient at using the hor- mones. The only way to slow production down is to make the mind and body act as if the stress is over.

Dietary Stress

What is often not realized is that our very diet itself can stress the body. Caffeine (which is in tea, coffee and certain soft drinks) stimulates adrenal activity and with it, the very hormones above that affect our hair. The trend to 'decaf ' is not that much better as decaffeinated coffee contains other stimulants, such as Theobromine and Theophylline, which have a similar affect on the body as caffeine. That does not mean we should all stop drinking tea and coffee immediately, but if we are concerned about our hairšs health, we should at least monitor our caffeine intake.

Coffee-per cup

Average ground bean 66-88 mg
Filter drip 110-180 mg Instant 60-90 mg

Tea-per cup

Weak bag 20-45 mg
Strong bag 80-110 mg Cola 1

Colas

Average can 25-58 mg

Cocoa Products

Milk chocolate bar ( 2oz) 3-20 mg
Dark chocolate bar (2oz) 40-50 mg
Hot chocolate drink per cup 25-30 mg

Medications

Cold remedies 15-30 mg
Headache remedies 15-32 mg

Apart from stimulating adrenal activity, caffeine interferes with the absorption of certain minerals. Iron absorption is reduced by about a third and calcium excretion is also promoted. The diuretic (a substance that causes more urine to be secreted in the body) action of tea and coffee also promotes the loss of the water soluble vitamins, and certain minerals. Tannin which is also in tea, interferes with zinc, calcium, and iron absorption.

The other area of our diet which in an indirect way affects our hair, is our blood sugar levels. Sugar and refined carbohydrates (white) such as bread, pastries, pasta and rice, cause an increase in blood sugar levels, to an extent that the hormone insulin has to be released from the pancreas to lower the level to within an acceptable ran- ge. Often too much insulin gets released, as the above foods artificially cause a high blood sugar reading. When too much insulin is released, blood sugar levels may then fall too far and the adrenal glands again have to come into play, releasing adrenaline to increase blood sugar levels again. The body therefore reacts as if it is stressed, just because of the foods that have been consumed.

Alcohol, whilst a vasodilator, (opener of small capillaries) also promotes an increase in the production of the hormone prolactin . We have seen above that this can increase adrenal hormone activity leading to the production and uptake of hormones that are harmful to hair.

Genetics and hormones have always been blamed for hair loss and these were studied in detail above. You cannot yet choose your genes, but you can choose the foods you eat and the drinks that you consume. If you diligently try to reduce your sugar intake by reading all the labels of the foods that you eat, you will be amazed just how much sugar is hidden within the food that you just were not aware of. Similarly limiting your intake of alcohol, tea, coffee and sugar will be of benefit.

Summary (applicable to both males and females)

Stress can increase the hormones that cause hair loss. We can reduce the stress hormones, if the mind acts like the stress is over. Stress reduces the blood flow to the scalp and it can deplete certain important nutrients. Dietary and drinking habits could be stressing the body which we do have control over.

Folligro™ System 1 ( capsules )

Fenugreek has been used safely and extensively as a vegetable and condiment for hundreds of years. Especially so by the people of the Indian subcontinent and those of Jewish origin. It is also used on its own or as an ingredient in many folklore medicines and official herbal formulae world wide. It has also been a prime ingredient of physicians practicing in the ancient art of Ayurvedic medicine in India and European herbalists.

Folligro™ System 2 ( spray )

New delivery system

An ideal nutrient delivery system

Until now, there has been no other way to take nutritional supplements. However, with the advent of more sophisticated methods of research and development, technology has made great strides in understanding the role of good nutrition and how nutrient supplementation may be used to optimize the function of our body and our health.

In a quest to provide more effective supplementation, researchers began to question whether a faster and moreeffective means of delivering nutrients into the body could be developed.

A vehicle known as the liposome has emerged as a way to transfer more of a given substance into the blood stream.Liposomes are highly complex micro- scopic lipis spheres,1/50th the diameter of a human hair.

The liposome solution is sprayed under the tongue. The liposomes penetrate the mucosal tissue of the mouth and are absorbed into the bloodstream where mil- lions of nutrient-encapsulated liposomes flow to the rest of the body in a matter of minutes.Clinical tests have shown active ingredients absorbed in this way have twice the availability of those in tablets Absorption directly into the bloodstream means faster onset of activity of the active ingredients, usually within 15 minutes.

  • Increases bioavailability
  • Increases the rate at which the nutrient is absorbed to less than 15 minutes.
  • Convenient and simple.
  • No water needed to swallow, therefore it may be taken at any time.

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