Silica and Marine Extract are sold by the name Viviscal(r).

Self-proclaimed supplement to hair loss which claims to helps to nourish hair loss and encourages hair growth from inside.

As per MENSCRIPT however the claims made by Viviscal are plain absurd. Based on research studies that were either provided from the company or performed by its employees.

They discovered that from the twelve clinical trials Viviscal refer to seven were funded by the manufacturer. In these studies, hair loss was usually determined with unreliable and subjective methods that were not clinically relevant.

They discovered, for instance, that in two of the studies hair loss was measured using a questionnaire in which patients were asked whether they had noticed “less hair loss after using a Viviscal supplement”. MENSCRIPT claims that these results aren’t reliable and don’t prove the effectiveness of Viviscal as a valid supplement to reduce hair loss.

For instance, they conducted an investigation into the effect in the use of Viviscal on DHT which is a hormone widely believed to be the main reason for male hair loss. Based on their findings, Viviscal(r) is useless in reduction of DHT. Its impact on DHT is not evident and it is therefore ineffective to stop the loss of hair. Finasteride, on the other hand is a well-known medication to prevent hair loss, decreases DHT by 70 percent. A decrease that results in the complete stoppage of hair loss in over the 80% of males.

The full article can be found on MENSCRIPT’s website: Viviscal for hair loss: misleading and ineffective