FYI I tried this combo about 4 years back and had multiple sides, basically all related to anemia caused by high does polyphenols. Biotest’s Rez-V is tops in my opinion, but the dosage is really high for what you are trying to do. I think the curcumin/resveratrol study mentioned used many micro doses throughout the day. Did it work for hairloss? I think yes, but I also had joint pain and bad dark circles under my eyes… not worth it. And speaking of not worth it, please do not experiment with saw palmetto, pumpkin seed, or flax. These can directly affect DHT levels and can mess you up. If you want to go the route of messing with DHT, go pharmaceutical so it’s at least from a regulated industry.
I tried to play the game of “natural” hairloss cures for about 2 years, and it’s just not worth it. Constantly tweaking your regimen; experimenting with new supplements; tons of research; am I getting sides and is it really working? You’ll make yourself crazy, and I know from experience. And like TC mentioned, a lot of time with supplements (completely unregulated), it’s extremely hard to know what you’re actually getting. It’s extremely possible that the label is a downright lie. I read once a study on ginseng supplements where only 40% had any ginseng whatsoever! The best you can do is try supps from high quality companies like Biotest, and it’s a bonus if they used standardized extracts.
My advice? Definitely start taking rogaine. If you want to take it a step further, try propecia 1mg. Propecia is really a mixed bag. It works really well, but there are a whole host of side effects. Luckily I seem to have dodged the sexual sides for the most part; I’ve never had a problem performing. These seem to be understated by the manufacturer and overstated by the internet. For those that experience them, they usually subside over time.
Other sides include increased aldosterone for the short term (0-2 months). Pardon a gross oversimplification, but this is the same hormone that gives girls PMS. Basically you will be grumpy. For me, I was already grumpy over my hair loss, so it wasn’t a big deal I also actually have decreased blood plasma which I recently found out about. I found one paper that listed this side as pretty common. I am just slightly below the “low” threshhold so I am not in any health danger, but it is relatively concerning.
Also, try to squash any dreams of curing your hairloss. The best of medicine can only buy you a little bit of time. For me it was worth it. I’m young and just got married. I wanted to give my wife some nice wedding pictures and spent at least a few years being young and goodlooking–which I definitely am ;). I sincerely hope that I don’t try to hold onto this for too long!
Eventually I will shave it and be done with it, and honestly it will be so so so much easier. Which brings up hair advice… find a good barber. Don’t get your hair cut shorter than 1.5" but in general keep your hair short. I ask for 2-2.5" left on top with tapered sides. It’s the best you can do. I kept my hair long for a while and it just doesn’t grow out right with thinning hair. With thinning hair, you hair will go through more frequent dormant cycles, so if you let it grow out for too long, your hair will look thinner than it actually is.
Hey I haven’t posted much in the past year so I guess I had a lot of pent up typing! Bald with grace!
PS - TC, will you do whatever you need to do so I can comment on article live feeds?