Do SugarBear Hair Vitamins Improve Hair Growth?

SugarBearHair is all the rage on Instagram these days thanks to celebrity endorsements by the Khardashians, but do these best-selling vitamins for hair growth and thickness actually work?

Thick and lustrous hair is on every woman and man’s wish list, so the notion that healthy hair growth can be achieved simply by eating these “DELICIOUS” gummy bears, well that’s certainly an intriguing prospect worth exploring…

            "Gorgeous hair is the best revenge."
                      -Ivana Trump

From a marketing standpoint SugarBear Hair Vitamins has it down pat, but the bottom line is this: results are based on lifestyle factors and what your own hair can achieve.

Heredity, diet and overall health are key factors when it comes to your hair game. If you’re dealing with emotional stress, hormonal imbalances or have an iron deficiency, this will contribute to hair loss and dampen the efficacy of any hair vitamin.

Not to say that SugarBearHair is a scam and doesn’t work; it may be able to provide assistance with achieving more vibrant hair.

Let’s just put it this way: if you’re hoping to achieve Khardashian-like hair after taking 3-months worth of SugarBear Hair Vitamins, you’re bound to be disappointed. Those ladies have their Armenian roots to thank for their thick manes, not SugarBearHair.

Like with other hair growth vitamins, results for SugarBearHair will vary by person. For some people it works great, for others it doesn’t:

"Still waiting for results. It's been 4 months and nothing, 
 very disappointed."  
                   - Amazon Customer
"I broke out like crazy after taking these vitamins..." 
                   - Amazon Customer
"These vitamins worked great. My hair grew and became 
stronger and I saw a difference in my nails as well!"
                   -Amazon Customer

Are you using SugarBear Hair Vitamins? Let me know how that’s going for in the comments section at the bottom of this page.

SugarBearHair vs Other Hair Vitamins 

Although I’ve never tried SugarBearHair, I’m no stranger to taking hair growth supplements. I’ve used both Fountain’s Hair Molecule formula and Hairfinity, with decent results:

Fountain’s Hair Molecule is a liquid complex comprised of Silicon, Biotin and Hyaluronic Acid. They use Xylitol (sugar alcohol) as their sweetener, so it’s pleasant enough to drink straight. Goes great in smoothies, too.

Hairfinity is a hair supplement available in capsule form, and more recently as a chewable with the release of their Candilocks Chewable Hair Vitamins. It’s comprised of vitamins, minerals and amino acids that have been clinically proven to promote hair growth:

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I definitely noticed Hairfinity makes my hair thicker and shinier after about 1/2 months of taking 2x capsules per day. And because I’ve had success with this product, I’m not exactly jumping to try SugarBearHair… 

Sorry, but being more “fun to eat” and “smelling delicious” aren’t exactly selling points for me; I care more about results. They also use FD&C Blue 1  to achieve that artificial blue color, which is a turn-off to a health-conscious consumer like myself.

And according to independent testing conducted by Labdoor, SugarBear Hair Vitamins contain relatively high levels of lead, as compared to other lab-tested hair supplements. For example if you were to take  just one extra gummy bear above the recommended serving size (2 per day), you will have exceeded California Proposition 65’s safe limit for lead!

SugarBear Hair Ingredients

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Besides the fact that these hair vitamins are loaded with sugar to make it taste “DELICIOUS,” there isn’t much distinction between SugarBearHair and Hairfinity with respect to its vitamin and mineral content.

The key ingredient found in both SugarBearHair and Hairfinity? Biotin (vitamin B7), known to improve the keratin infrastructure that makes up hair, skin and nails.  SugarBearHair contains 5,000 mcg of Biotin, whereas Hairfinity has 2,500 mcg.

So if you’re already taking a multi-vitamin like Jamieson Multi 100% Complete Vitamin which costs $18 bucks for 90 capsules, you might as well complement that with a 5,000 mcg Biotin supplement which costs $10 or less to achieve the same effects as you would with buying SugarBearHair vitamins.

With SugarBearHair you’ll pay at least $30 for a 1-month supply (60 gummy bears) and a whopping $90 for a 3-month supply!  It doesn’t take a mathematically-inclined person to figure out that this is a rip off considering you can buy 3-months worth of multi-vitamins and biotin supplements for waaay less. 

Other important ingredients for healthy hair growth: Protein and Iron, both of which are missing from SugarBearHair and Hairfinity. Protein serves as the building block of hair, and iron is responsible for carrying oxygen to your roots. That being said, make sure you’re getting the daily recommended amount of protein and iron by including eggs, nuts, tofu, oily fish, beans, peas and lentils in your diet. That will definitely have a positive impact on your hair growth alongside the very best hair vitamins.

An important note of caution: if you’re already taking a multi-vitamin, I don’t recommend taking a hair vitamin supplement simultaneously. There’s such thing as taking too much vitamins, especially with the B vitamins. And ironically enough, too much vitamin A can cause hair loss! So be careful.


 

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How to maintain a healthy liver naturally

Maintaining a healthy liver may not be a priority in your life, but it’s definitely something to be mindful of. According to a recent report from the American Cancer Societyliver cancer is increasing at a faster rate than any other cancer, and yet most people don’t know enough about their risk factors or preventative measures.

Since October is Liver Awareness month, I thought it would be fitting to pay homage to the glorious organ in our bodies that is responsible for detoxifying and burning fat. More specifically, what are some of the dietary actions we can be taking now to protect our liver?

ALF campaign

It doesn’t take a Nutritionist to point out that the Western diet is a contributing factor to the increase in liver diseases. Obesity now trumps alcohol as one of the major causes of fatty liver disease, and studies show that liver cancer risk increases by 26% for every five point increase in one’s Body Mass Index (BMI).

That being said, making healthy lifestyle choices through the foods and beverages we consume on a consistent basis is perhaps the most effective way to manage our weight and keep the liver healthy. The following are liver healthy foods to help detoxify and nourish this vital organ of ours.

Enzyme-rich foods help boost the liver’s natural detox abilities

kimchi for liver healthFermented vegetables like kimchi and sauerkraut are a great source of live food enzymes (granted they haven’t been pasteurized) and also contain beneficial probiotics, which makes for an exceptional combination in the digestive process.

Pineapples and papayas are uniquely rich in the enzyme bromelain and papain, respectively. Both of these powerful enzymes aid the body in digestion by breaking down protein and dissolving toxins, and also contain a plethora of other health benefits that are used by practitioners to promote wound healing and prevent illness.

Kefir is a fermented beverage similar to yogurt that can be derived from any type of milk (cow, sheep, goat, soy, coconut). It contains the enzyme lactase, not to mention billions of probiotic live active cultures. If you’re a vegan or avoid dairy products in your diet all-together, coconut kefir is an excellent lactose/gluten-free option that provides many of the same benefits as dairy-based kefir with its host of beneficial bacteria, in addition to the benefits of coconut water.

Kombucha is the latest craze in the probiotic drink market, even though it’s been around for centuries in the East. Thanks to the fermentation process, it contains a large number of probiotics that naturally produce digestive enzymes which are beneficial to digestion.


Aloe vera juice is a staple in my fridge and an excellent health tonic for detoxification. It contains a bounty of nutrients including enzymes, vitamins, minerals, and amino acids.  And aside from its natural healing and anti-inflammatory properties, it stimulates fibroblast which provides moisturizing and anti-aging effects. So not only is it great for the liver, it also serves as a beauty tonic for having healthy looking skin and hair. I personally take aloe vera shots twice a day (first thing in the morning and before bed) and recommend Lily of the Desert for their chemical-free aloe vera products.

Antioxidant-rich foods help neutralize free radicals that can damage liver cells

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According to a study in the journal Nutrition Research, subjects who increased their daily antioxidant intake showed a 32% decrease in a key marker for liver injury.

Flavonoids are a diverse group of phytonutrients that contain powerful antioxidants which can be found in almost all fruits and vegetables. Goji berries, blueberries, raspberries, cherries, strawberries and cranberries are a juicy source of flavonoids known as anthocyanins, while onions, broccoli, kale, apples, tomatoes, almonds, quinoa and sweet potatoes are a great source of another class of flavonoids known as flavonols.

The bottom line: flavonoids are the main dietary source for antioxidants, which can help to revitalize the liver from free radical damage. One of the largest sources of flavonoids can be found in green tea and black tea.

Fiber-rich foods speed up the removal of free radicals and toxins

dietary fiber for liver healthDietary fiber works to speed up the removal of liver harming free radicals, toxins and cholesterol, which decreases the burden on your liver and reduces oxidative stress throughout the body. In essence, when the liver is unencumbered by toxins, it becomes more efficient at performing its functions. Fiber is also known to increase bile secretion from the liver, which assists with fat digestion and helps prevent liver disease.

Inadequate fiber intake is a widespread problem throughout North America, with the average American getting less than half of their daily recommended intake. Beans, peas, lentils, raspberries, barley, buckwheat, avocados are just some of the nutritious and filling options to get your dietary fiber from.

Thou shall not take thy liver for granted

liverhealthteaThe liver is the most important detoxifier of all the organs with its ability to counteract poisons. And while alcohol, pharmaceutical drugs and preservatives can take its toll over time, it’s possible to prevent liver damage with exercise and a diet rich in enzymes, antioxidants and fiber. Juices like wheatgrass, beet, carrot, lemon, grapefruit, apple, and spinach are another great way to alleviate burdens on the liver, in addition to herbal teas like golden seal, mandrake, cascara sagrada, black cohosh and bitterroot.

The bottom line: the liver is an incredibly resilient organ that has the capability to regenerate itself. It exists to protect us from harm, so providing it with nourishing foods and beverages can only help to keep things in check and functioning optimally.


R.I.P to Davie Bowie who passed away of liver cancer in 2016.


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