Facebook and other social media applications like Instagram are riddled with ads for ShapiroMD hair growth products. Bold statements like "THE #1 LEADING SOLUTION PATENTED FOR HAIR LOSS" and "results after only a few uses" are listed directly on their website along with promises to regrow fuller, thicker hair. But does this hair loss treatment live up to the hype?
What are ShapiroMD Hair Growth Products?
ShapiroMD is a company founded by Michael T. Borenstein M.D. and Steven D. Shapiro M.D. not to be confused with elite hair transplant surgeons Ron Shapiro M.D. or Paul V. Shapiro M.D. ShapiroMD offers three different hair loss products a shampoo, conditioner and leave in foam. All three products are advertised as having three of the most potent hair loss fighting ingredients on the market today.
What Are The Ingredients Found In ShapiroMD Products?
All of the ShapiroMD products contain the main three ingredients that are advertised as being the most "potent" "triple action" hair loss formula on the market. The ingredients are saw palmetto berry extract (SPBE) also known as serenoa repens liposterolic extract, epigallocatechin-3-gallate (EGCG) and caffiene. Unfortunately, there isn't a lot of scientific evidence to prove that these ingredients are an effective treatment option for men and women suffering from androgenic alopecia (genetic hair loss). Some studies exist that saw palmetto may inhibit a nominal amount of dihydrotestosterone (DHT). However, this popular ingredient has been tried for decades in a multitude of other treatments with absolutely no success.
How Do The Ingredients Found in ShapiroMD Products Stop Hair Loss?
It is important to understand that the three main ingredients found in ShapiroMD products are a propietary blend, which essentially means the quantity or dosage of the ingredients are not known to the consumer. The only way a consumer would know how much of the ingredient is in the product, would be to have the product analyzed by a laboratory. However, let us go over the ingredients one by one.
*Saw Palmetto Berry Extract (SBPE)
Saw palmetto is a small palm that is endemic to the subtropical southeastern United States, commonly found along the Atlantic and Gulf coastal plains. Saw palmetto is extracted through the berries of this small palm tree. There is very little scientific or clinical evidence that proves saw palmetto's efficacy for treating androgenic alopecia (genetic hair loss). In fact, the studies available show that saw palmetto can inhibit the 5-alpha reductase enzyme, which in theory should decrease DHT thus treating hair loss, but that is of course in theory. In fact, saw palmetto is found in many of the most popular hair loss supplements on the market today.
EGCC is the ester of epigallocatechin and gallic acid and is a type of flavanol that is most commonly found in tea. EGCG is found in the dried leaves of green tea, white tea and black tea and is found in many dietary supplements, which claim to treat or prevent various diseases and conditions. There is no clinical evidence that shows that this ingredient can stop, slow or prevent the progression of androgenic alopecia (genetic hair loss).
There may be some beneficial effects to applying caffeine topically according to researchers. The topical application has been shown to stimulate hair growth however, this does not necessairly mean it will stop or prevent androgenic alopecia (genetic hair loss). Additionally, researchers have noted that very little clinical data exists and further studies are needed to confirm and establish the role of caffeine in stimulating hair growth.
While the marketing catch phrase "triple action DHT blocker" sounds exciting and promising, it is important to remember that only one of the listed ingredients could "potentially" reduce DHT and none of the ingredients are FDA approved to treat androgenic alopecia (genetic hair loss). However, the company uses marketing catch phrases like "FDA approved serum" even though the products have not been approved by the FDA. In addition, the site itself states the following: "these statements have not been evaluated by the Food and Drug Administration. This product is not intended to diagnose, treat, cure or prevent any disease". Furthermore, the ingredients found in ShapiroMD can be purchased seperately at exceptionally low prices from most supplement stores. Hair loss sufferers should continue to use the only two FDA approved medications that have been proven to treat androgenic alopecia (genetic hair loss) which are Rogaine (minoxidil) and Propecia (finasteride).
Written and published by,
Melvin- Editorial Assistant and Forum Co-Moderator for the Hair Transplant Network and The Coalition of Independent Hair Restoration Physicians
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