A relatively small double-blind placebo-controlled trial (n=21) from 2010 (Beoy et al.) looked into whether vitamin E supplementation can increase hair count. Because α-tocotrienol was shown to be 40-60-fold more potent than α-tocopherol against lipid peroxidation in rat liver microsomal membranes, the participants were given 50 mg of mixed tocotrienols per day (note that tocotrienols are less popular than tocopherols).
The treatment group's hair count increased by 15.2% after just 4 months and by 34.5% after 8 months. One participant in the treatment group did not experience an increase in their hair count. There was no significant change in the placebo group (the hair count change was -0.1% after 8 months). There was a change in hair weight after 8 months (5.9% for the treatment group and -2.0% for the placebo group) but it did not reach statistical significance (perhaps due to the small sample size).
Of course the study is small and has many limitations (e.g. men and women analysed together) but it strongly suggests that a supplementation or nutrition-based approach should be considered in treating or slowing down hair loss. Rice bran has one of the highest concentrations of α-tocotrienol (236 mg/L). Other natural sources of tocotrienols are barley, hazelnut, walnut, flax seeds, oats, maize and poppy.
Have any of you tried supplementing tocotrienols (or increasing the intake through diet) and have noticed improvements in your hair?
To supplement these tocotrienols into ones diet almost seems unrealistic due to the quantity you would need of these grains. If it is most abundant in rice bran oil, and there is 205mg of tocotrienol per litre, and the study consumed 50mg of tocktrienol, than you would have to consume around 250ml/day of rice bran oil which is a cooking oil. I don’t think anyone would do this. Obviously the study had an extracted concentrate of tocotrienol.
236 mg/litre is just the concentration of α-tocotrienol in rice bran oil but there are also three different tocotrienols - β-tocotrienol, γ-tocotrienol and δ-tocotrienol. The study used 50 mg of mixed tocotrienols, not just α-tocotrienol. Other sources of tocotrienols include oats, pumpkin seeds, amaranth, walnuts, hazelnuts, flax seeds, maize, palm fruit, safflower and poppies. It is not impossible to achieve 50 mg through diet but it would certainly take some planning (e.g. a porridge made of 100 g of oats would provide ~6 mg of α-tocotrienol). Tocotrienols are understudied in comparison to tocopherols but this will certainly improve in the future.
None the less, a very interesting study!
I wonder if one just supplemented with vitamin E if they would receive benefits...
BUt offer this, from hard learning, dhea decreases with age so let’s cortisol do it’s worst without any repair after wards, No anabolic fixing. Some mentioned being 70, by then women can have 50 mg a day dhea and men say 70. Grew my hair back after 15 years on seratide aka prednisone puffer, rebuilding bones skin, eyes, heart muscle.
Secondly I bought hair products from revivserums.com, a startup at the time. Put products from cosmeceuticals competitions for world’s best, pack in and sell at best price,
The hair products do work, kept hair on my head when on bad drug, grew eyelashes to touch cheeks. Grew hair where it receded. Prices under 50 usd. Am Aus so not sure on usd prices. Free shipping overseas.
With NMN as well in my opinion will get good growth.
Used their telermerase face stuff and it kept my face on. Lots don’t survive what I was given.