Full ingredients list
- Purified water
- azelaic acid
- black cohosh
- pantothenic acid
- Japanese green tea extract
- licorice extract
- seabuckthorn berry and seed oil
- grapefruit seed extract
Azelaic acid is a mild 5 alpha reductase inhibitor, which means it reduces the amount of DHT produced from testosterone. However I don’t know if any studies that have shown clear evidence that Azelaic acid reduces scalp DHT significantly.
Grapefruit seed extract and niacin
I’ve seen one study on the use of topical niacin for female hair loss and the study showed some minor positive results. Grapefruit seed might be included for the citruline, which increases blood nitric oxide when eaten. However I haven’t seen any studies that have shown this effect when used topically. And I would expect pure arginine or nitrite would be far more effective. Results of one study on nitrite gel looked good.
Japanese green tea
Green tea might be included because it contains the polyphenol EGCG, which has been shown to bind to androgen receptors reducing the negative effect of the DHT hormone on hair. However, pure EGCG would be far more effective.
Is NutraViv worth buying?
There are some good ingredients in this topical but for it to achieve any noticeable results you would need to use much high concentrations of the active chemicals. For example, by including pure EGCG, rather than green tea, which may only include a tiny amount of the active ingredient.
I can’t imagine this product would have any results whatsoever. It contains mild anti androgen ingredients like Azelaic acid, but even powerful topical anti androgens like ketoconazole achieve very little, so mild ingredients like these are unlikely to produce any hair regrowth.