Pilfood is a brand of products, created by Spanish pharmaceutical and health products company Laboratorios Serra Pamies, which includes shampoos, a hair supplement, and a topical anti-hair loss treatment. It is said that Pil Food products will help ensure healthy hair growth and the strengthening of damaged and brittle hair, and that Pilfood Direct can stop hair loss.
Pilfood Direct is a cosmetic product, according to Laboratorias Serra Pamies. It is not a medicinal product and it is not licensed by the MHRA for the treatment of hair loss, however, much of its product information may be misconstrued by some consumers.
Pilfood Direct is claimed to:
*Stop / Slow down hair loss by 90%
*Speed up growth of new hair by 64%
*Bring strength and volume to hair by 73%
Pilfood Direct is "indicated for all those situation, in men as well as women, in which there is an excessive hair loss". It boasts PRO-ANAGEX as its active ingredient, which manufacturers claim to be an "anti hair loss can capillary reviving molecule". However, there are no studies or conclusive evidence to confirm that Pilfood Direct can alone stop, stabilise, or prevent hair loss in men or women.
According to Pilfood manufacturers and marketers, Pil Food Direct works to:
Stop/Slow Down Hair Loss by restoring “hormone equilibrium”. The main cause of hair loss, most of the time, is dihydrotestosterone (DHT), an active bi-product of testosterone that gradually weakens and shrivels the hair follicle and hinders hair growth. Pilfood Direct claims to slow this process down and increase the number of hairs in anagen against those in telogen (see hair growth cycle).
Speed Up Hair Growth by promoting the transport of essential nutrients for hair growth to the follicles. It is said the ingredients of Pilfood Direct work to stimulate cell activity in the hair follicle and promote new hair growth.
Improve Hair Strength and Volume by repairing the capillary structure and improving the cuticle surface. Pro-Anagex is claimed to fight fragility and capillary weakness and strengthen and thicken the hair.
Manufacturers claim in vitro tests were used to assess the effect Pro-Anagex had on hair. In an artificial environment, they say an increase of new hair against loss of hair was observed. There is no indication that it has been examined and proven to have the same effect in practical human use.
The details of the clinical study relating specifically to Pro-Anagex and Pilfood Direct are unknown.* At this stage there is no way of knowing how comprehensive the study was and whether the results hold any significant value, or if they are accurate.
The trademarked Pro-Anagex soy compound formula has not been independently tested and confirmed to have any effect on stabilising hair loss. Pro-Anagex is derived from a pulse cultivated in the Mediterranean region known as lupinus albus, or white lupin. According to Pilfood manufacturers and marketers, it is an active compound rich in amino acids, vitamins and nutrients and has powerful effects on slowing down hair loss and stimulating growth. But no vitamin, mineral or amino acid has ever been proven to have such a significant effect on hair loss.
The product information about Pilfood Direct Anti-Hair Loss Treatment does concede that it should be used "as a supplement of oral treatments and/or topical anti-hair loss products". That is, in addition to clinically proven and licensed hair loss treatments. There are no studies that firmly prove Pilfood Direct is an effective treatment for hair loss.
* Belgravia has contacted the manufacturer in regards to specifics of the study. This post may be updated once further details are acquired.
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