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Dermatology Research and Practice
Volume 2015 (2015), Article ID 841570, 8 pages
Clinical Study

A 3-Month, Randomized, Double-Blind, Placebo-Controlled Study Evaluating the Ability of an Extra-Strength Marine Protein Supplement to Promote Hair Growth and Decrease Shedding in Women with Self-Perceived Thinning Hair

Ablon Skin Institute Research Center, Manhattan Beach, CA 90266, USA

Received 10 November 2014; Revised 18 February 2015; Accepted 10 March 2015

Academic Editor: Bruno A. Bernard

Copyright © 2015 Glynis Ablon. This is an open access article distributed under the Creative Commons Attribution License, which permits unrestricted use, distribution, and reproduction in any medium, provided the original work is properly cited.


An oral marine protein supplement (MPS) is designed to promote hair growth in women with temporary thinning hair (Viviscal Extra Strength; Lifes2good, Inc., Chicago, IL). This double-blind, placebo-controlled study assessed the ability of MPS to promote terminal hair growth in adult women with self-perceived thinning hair associated with poor diet, stress, hormonal influences, or abnormal menstrual cycles. Adult women with thinning hair were randomized to receive MPS () or placebo () twice daily for 90 days. Digital images were obtained from a 4 cm2 area scalp target area. Each subject’s hair was washed and shed hairs were collected and counted. After 90 days, these measures were repeated and subjects completed Quality of Life and Self-Assessment Questionnaires. MPS-treated subjects achieved a significant increase in the number of terminal hairs within the target area () which was significantly greater than placebo (). MPS use also resulted in significantly less hair shedding () and higher total Self-Assessment () and Quality of Life Questionnaires scores (). There were no reported adverse events. MPS promotes hair growth and decreases hair loss in women suffering from temporary thinning hair. This trial is registered with Identifier: NCT02297360.