Last updated on February 2018

Efficacy and Safety of a Nutraceutical Supplement With Standardized Botanicals in Women With Thinning Hair


Brief description of study

NUTRAFOL is a novel nutraceutical supplement, scientifically formulated to specifically target the multiple underlying causes of hair loss and thinning in women. It does not contain hormones, drugs, or industry by-products.

The purpose of this clinical research study is to evaluate the safety, efficacy and physiological effects of NUTRAFOL supplement compared to placebo in forty (40) female subjects, ages 21-65 years of age with self-perceived thinning hair over the course of six months of continued use.

Detailed Study Description

NUTRAFOL's Synergen Complex is a patent-pending formulation of botanicals with potent anti-inflammatory, anti-stress adaptogenic, antioxidant and DHT-inhibiting properties - combined to synergistically combat the multiple underlying factors that compromise hair growth and health. Some patented ingredients include Sensoril Ashwagandha, BCM-95 BioCurcumin, USPlus Saw Palmetto, EVNolMax 20% Tocotrienol/Tocopherol complex, Bioperine (piperine), Cynatine HNS (solubilized keratin), and Capsimax (capsaicin), all of which are standardized and clinically tested.

Ingestion of NUTRAFOL supplement over a six (6) month period will strengthen and promote the growth of hairs in female subjects, ages 21-65 years of age with self-perceived thinning hair when compared to using the placebo tablet. The primary endpoints will be favorable analysis using the Canon Power Shot G16 with 3GEN Dermlite FOTO Pro for macrophotography hair count analysis of terminal and vellus hairs at the three (3) month and six (6) month visits. The secondary endpoints will be favorable improvement in terminal hair diameter measured by the Dino-Lite Digital Microscopic, favorable improvement in the Hair Check device hair bundle measurement for Hair Mass Index (HMI), favorable improvement in the Blinded Physician Global Hair Assessments for hair growth and hair quality, statistically significant positive feedback on the Women's Hair Loss Quality of Life, Self-Assessment and Subject Treatment Satisfaction and Ease of Use questionnaires after six (6) months of NUTRAFOL supplement or placebo ingestion. See Table of Study Procedures.

All patients enrolled must be identifiable throughout the study. The Investigator will maintain a personal list of patient numbers and patient names to enable records to be found at a later date and the list will be stored in a locked cabinet. Subject numbers consist of a 2 digit number from 01 to 40. Patients will be randomized to active or placebo supplements (2:1 ratio, 26 active and 14 placebo) using a randomization table prepared prior to the start of the study by a non-participating staff member at the office of the Investigator. The study blind will not be broken until the end of the study. All test product and placebo will be labeled with subject numbers per the non-participating staff member. Subjects will be assigned a subject number in numerical order as enrolled. Randomization will occur by assignment to either NUTRAFOL supplement or placebo with 2:1 ratio (26 active and 14 placebo). Subjects who terminate their study participation for any reason, regardless of whether study medication was used or not, will retain their randomization number.

Visit Procedures: Pre-Study Procedures

  1. Candidate subjects will be screened with the eligibility requirements by telephone prior to Visit 1.
  2. Candidate subjects will be assigned an appointment time for visiting the clinic.

Visit 1: Baseline, Day 0

  1. Individuals will be given an informed consent (IC) document & photographic release form, HIPAA form, confidentiality agreement to read. They will have all of their study related questions answered by the Investigator or his/her designated staff and if they agree, they will sign two copies of the IC/Photography release form, two copies of the HIPAA form, and one copy of the confidentiality agreement. Subjects will be given one copy of the signed IC/Photography release and of the HIPAA agreement to keep, with one copy of each document remaining at the testing facility in the subject's file.
  2. Investigator and/or Study Coordinator will review with subject and complete the checklist for all inclusion and exclusion criteria.
  3. Investigator and/or Study Coordinator will review with subject and complete the checklist for medical history and concomitant medications.
  4. Investigator and/or Study Coordinator will review with subject and complete the General Lifestyle Questionnaire. The General Lifestyle Questionnaire may be found in Appendix VI.
  5. Subjects will be given a Women's Hair Loss Quality of Life Questionnaire to read and complete. The Quality of Life Questionnaire may be found in Appendix VII.
  6. Candidate subjects will receive a brief physical exam, including examination of the scalp, to rule out any immediately observable medical issues and any scalp alopecias/scalp disorders that are unacceptable for qualification. The physical will additionally include vital signs (pulse and blood pressure), weight and height.
  7. Candidate subjects of childbearing potential will complete a urine pregnancy test prior to product distribution.
  8. Candidate subjects who have completed all the initial paperwork and meet the inclusion/exclusion qualifications (to include findings of the physical exam) will be assigned a unique subject number. Subjects will be randomized to treatment group prior to dispensing the test product.
  9. Qualified subjects will have 2D digital photography of the entire head/hair region for overall general hair growth and fullness (see Appendix I).
  10. Qualified subjects will have their scalp prepared for digital macrophotography and initial target area measurements done (see Appendix II).
  11. Subjects will have the selected target area (1cm x 1cm) photographed (see Appendix II).
  12. Subjects will have the extended target area (2cm x 2cm) bundle of hair measured for Hair Mass Index (HMI) (see Appendix III).
  13. Subjects will have ten (10) terminal hairs in a selected test site cut at the base of the scalp and the diameter of the hairs measured (see Appendix IV).
  14. Subjects will be dispensed a three (3) month supply of the test product (NUTRAFOL supplement or Placebo, as randomized) and given written and verbal Usage and Lifestyle instructions (see Appendix X) and a calendar of future visits. Subjects will be instructed to ingest the test product per Sponsor instructions.

Usage Instructions:

Take 4 capsules once daily, along with a meal or immediately following (within 5 minuntes) at approximately the same time of the day, every day. Do not take on an empty stomach. If you forgot to take your dose during a meal, do not skip the dose, take it with something fatty, like peanut butter or coconut oil when you remember. Store at room temperature, in a cool dry location. Do not take if broken or seal is compromised.

Subjects will be instructed to return all empty bottles and unused test product at Visits 2 and 3.

Lifestyle Instructions:

Subjects will be instructed to maintain their normal hair care routine. Subjects will be instructed to use the same brand/type of hair care products and maintain the same haircut, color and style for the study duration.

Subjects who have color treated hair will also be instructed to have the color treatment performed at the same time interval prior to each visit (ie. If on Visit 1, the color treatment was done one week prior then the color treatment is expected to occur at a similar interval of one week prior to Visits 2 and 3).

Subjects will be instructed to come to each visit with clean and dry hair.

Subjects will be instructed to use a medically sound form of birth control during the study.

Visit 2: Month 3 (90 days) 1 week (7 days)

  1. A clinician will ask subjects if they have experienced any changes in their health or taken new/adjusted current medications since the last visit. If an AE or SAE is reported, the examining Investigator will be informed and the appropriate forms will be completed.
  2. The test product will be collected and counted for compliance. Subjects found to be consistently out of compliance will be reminded of the correct usage instructions.
  3. Subjects will receive a brief physical exam. The physical will include vital signs (pulse and blood pressure).
  4. Subjects will complete the Women's Hair Loss Quality of Life Questionnaire (see Appendix VII), the Self-Assessment Questionnaire (see Appendix VIII) and the Subject Treatment Satisfaction and Ease of Use Questionnaire (see Appendix IX).
  5. Subjects will have their hair assessed by the Blinded Investigator for Hair Growth and Hair Quality (see Appendix V).
  6. Subjects will have 2D digital photography of the entire head/hair region for overall general hair growth and fullness ( see Appendix I).
  7. Subjects will have their scalp prepared for digital macrophotography and target area measurements done (see Appendix II).
  8. Subjects will have the selected target area (1cm x 1cm) photographed (see Appendix II).
  9. Subjects will have the extended target area (2cm x 2cm) bundle of hair measured for Hair Mass Index (HMI) (see Appendix III).
  10. Subjects will have ten (10) terminal hairs in a selected test site cut at the base of the scalp and the diameter of the hairs measured (see Appendix IV).
  11. Subjects will be dispensed a three (3) month supply of the test product (NUTRAFOL supplement or Placebo, as randomized) and given written and verbal Usage and Lifestyle instructions (see Appendix X) and a calendar of future visits. Subjects will be instructed to ingest the test product per Sponsor instructions.

Visit 3: Month 6 (180 days) 1 week (7 days)

  1. A clinician will ask subjects if they have experienced any changes in their health or taken new/adjusted current medications since the last visit. If an AE or SAE is reported, the examining Investigator will be informed and the appropriate forms will be completed.
  2. The test product will be collected and counted.
  3. Subjects will receive a brief physical exam. The physical will include vital signs (pulse and blood pressure).
  4. Subjects will complete the Women's Hair Loss Quality of Life Questionnaire (see Appendix VII), the Self-Assessment Questionnaire (see Appendix VIII) and the Subject Treatment Satisfaction and Ease of Use Questionnaire (see Appendix IX).
  5. Subjects will have their hair assessed by the Blinded Investigator for Hair Growth and Hair Quality (see Appendix V).
  6. Subjects will have 2D digital photography of the entire head/hair region for overall general hair growth and fullness (see Appendix I).
  7. Subjects will have their scalp prepared for digital macrophotography and target area measurements done (see Appendix II).
  8. Subjects will have the selected target area (1cm x 1cm) photographed (see Appendix II).
  9. Subjects will have the extended target area (2cm x 2cm) bundle of hair measured for Hair Mass Index (HMI) (see Appendix III).
  10. Subjects will have ten (10) terminal hairs in a selected test site cut at the base of the scalp and the diameter of the hairs measured (see Appendix IV).

All primary and secondary parameters will be collected at Visits 1, 2 and 3. Missing data values will be minimized by intensive training of the interviewers in techniques of clarifying answers and checking questionnaires while participants are on-site. When missing values are identified, several approaches such as rescheduled within 24 hours of completion of tests or interviews will be employed to acquire the necessary data. Missing data will be also examined to assess randomness. Descriptive statistics will be obtained for all variables, tests of normality of continuous measures will be made and data will be examined for homogeneity of variance. An appropriate statistical method will be employed to correct for any abnormalities. The comparability of the two treatment groups in baseline demographic and clinical features will be tested with analyses of variance (ANOVAs) for continuous variables and Chi-square analyses for dichotomous variables. Initially, groups will be compared across all three visits for overall interaction effect. For any outcome with significant two-way interaction, group differences from baseline Visit to other two visits will be tested using analyses of variance with repeated measurements. These analyses were performed using the SPSS version 19. All analyses were two-tailed, where applicable, with p-value of 0.05 or less is obtained but other p-values may be evaluated on a case-by-case basis

Clinical Study Identifier: NCT03206567

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Ablon Skin Institute & Research Center

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