What is Viviscal?
Viviscal is a nutritional supplement to treat hair loss in men and women, made by a company of the same name.
Viviscal is legitimately one of the less expensive hair loss vitamins, at around $1/day for a month’s supply as of the date of this review, on Amazon.com.
So – What’s in it?
Viviscal contains several vitamins we know to expect from a hair loss supplement – Niacin, Biotin, Iron, and Zinc.
Additionally, VIviscal contains what they call the AminoMar Marine Complex – an amino acid blend derived from shark and mollusk proteins. This is promising, because collagen is one of the heavy hitters in hair loss recovery, in my humble opinion.
Other herbal ingredients are Millet Seed, and Horsetail Stem Extract.
Is Viviscal worth the money?
Anyone can supplement inexpensively with biotin, niacin, iron, and zinc.
What sets Viviscal apart is the presence of this shark and mollusk powder, which is a proprietary blend you can’t find in other supplements.
In the 1980’s, a Scandinavian professor studying the Inuits discovered that their great hair and skin was the result of their fish- and protein-rich diet. He isolated the key protein molecules from the Inuits’ diet and, from these origins, AminoMar was created.
If you’ve been curious about how marine collagen and protein can strengthen your hair and prevent future hair loss, this might just be the product for you.
Become one with the shark!
Viviscal: The Science
At the date of this review, there are seven clinical studies supporting the efficacy of Viviscal. You can read about some of the details of these particular studies here. It’s really encouraging to see so much published research behind this particular supplement.
Additionally, the company has put in over twenty-five years of research into the biology and treatment of hair loss.
This supplement is designed to treat hair in four distinct stages. These stages are in alignment with our innate hair growth cycles.
Who should take Viviscal?
- Viviscal dietary supplements are suitable for both men and women over the age of 18, of all hair types.
- Viviscal is not suitable for children under 18; those with an allergy to fish or shellfish; or women who may be pregnant or breastfeeding.
- It is always advisable to consult your doctor before taking any dietary supplement.
Again, if you have a shellfish or fish allergy, do not take Viviscal. The key ingredient, their AminoMar marine complex, is fish and shellfish based and is contraindicated for any fish or shellfish allergy.
Viviscal is not indicated for pregnant or breastfeeding women.
Viviscal is not a vegetarian product, because it contains shark and shellfish protein. So, pescatarians go to town, but vegans and vegetarians, you might wanna move on.
Viviscal Side Effects:
The most obvious side effect from Viviscal is an allergic reaction to shellfish or fish. If you know you have either of these allergies, this is not the product for you!
Viviscal does not contain any gluten, dairy, nuts, eggs, or wheat: anyone with these allergies can safely take it.
The company claims that Viviscal has withstood rigorous testing and users in clinical trials experienced no adverse skin effects.
Furthermore, they claim that Viviscal does not impact eyelash or eyebrow growth.
For many people, this is probably good news. I don’t know about you, but I’ve seen many a bald man with bushy eyebrows and a killer beard.
Scalp hair loss has different causes and treatments than hair anywhere else on our body, including our face.
Other side effects I’ve seen mentioned in online reviews are: skin issues and outbreaks, stomach sensitivity, rashes, hormonal swings, mood swings, and no impact on hair loss/growth at all.
Everyone’s experience with supplements is going to be different, because everyone’s body is different, but it’s important here to note both the good and the bad found from my research.
Everything we add to our body is probably going to produce some kind of side effect: the goal is to maximize the positive and minimize the negative!
What People Are Saying: Viviscal Reviews
- Extensive positive reviews from long-time users online
- Ingredients known to promote hair growth
- Unique shark/mollusk protein ingredient helps strengthen hair
- Thicker fuller hair
- Longer, stronger hair
- Reduced shedding
- Stronger, longer nails
- Inexpensive compared to the competition
- Important: NOT intended for anyone with a fish or shellfish allergy
- More expensive than a multi-vitamin
- Doesn’t work for everyone
- Inappropriate for pregnant and breastfeeding women
- Some users report increased acne and rashes
Viviscal has an average of 3.5 stars out of almost 3,000 reviews on Amazon.com at the date of this review. This list of pros and cons of viviscal is a result of reading these reviews.
Overall: Viviscal Is Worth a Try
Incredibly, there are over a 180 answered questions for Viviscal on Amazon.com. So, if you have any lingering concerns, it’s very likely those questions were thoroughly addressed there. Check it out!
I admire that the Viviscal company is so invested in providing clear information about their product, and has answered so many questions in a centralized forum.
Their website is also a great source of more product information, although obviously they will be more biased in favor of their product than independent reviews.
Because of the relative low cost of this supplement when compared to other hair loss supplements, Viviscal is worth a try, especially for those on a tight budget. My impression from reading reviews is that users know right away whether Viviscal is helping.
Because of the 90 day money-back guarantee, you can just get a refund if you have one of the adverse responses mentioned in the negative reviews.
If you’ve tried Viviscal, please do leave your experience in a comment, I’d love to hear from you.