What You Should Know
Shen Min formulates and sells hair growth supplements and products. There are several supplements in the product line and while they are created to be used for hair growth, some of the ingredients are commonly found in weight loss supplements. The official website for the Shen Min line offers contact information and testimonials. None of the testimonials will pertain to weight loss, but could give the consumer an understanding of how well the supplements work for their given purpose.
List of Ingredients
Shen Min Original: He Shou Wu (Fo-Ti) and Bioperine Extract.
Shen Min Advanced – For Women: Vitamin A, Niacin, Vitamin B6, Biotin, Pantothenic Acid, He Shou Wu, Gingko Biloba, Horsetail Extract, Horse Chestnut, Horse Chestnut Leaf, Black Cohosh Extract, Burdock Extract, Cayenne, Hydrolyzed Fish Collagen, Kudzu Extract and Bioperine Extract.
Shen Min Advanced – For Men: Folic Acid, Biotin, Pantothenic Acid, Iodine, Zinc, He Shou Wu, Saw Palmetto Extract, Phytosterol Complex, Kudzu Extract, Soy Extract, Silica and Bioperine Extract.
The Shen Min Original product offers no support for a person trying to lose weight. Bioperine is a scientific name for black pepper and some weight loss companies claim it can increase metabolism, but this effect has not been proven clinically. The Advanced Formulas for men and women have a deeper ingredient list with a few shining star ingredients. For women, Shen Min Advanced includes horsetail extract which is a proven diuretic. The ingredient has also shown promise strengthening bone. Burdock root is also a diuretic. Diuretics can cause temporary weight loss.
For men, Shen Min Advanced includes saw palmetto extract used commonly to promote prostate health. Aside from that small benefit, the remaining ingredients offer very little support for health conditions other than male pattern baldness.
All Shen Min products include He Shou Wu. He Shou Wu was once thought to be a safe Chinese ingredient, but the Medicines and Health Care Products Regulatory Agency in London published a release that warned consumers of some potential side effects when taking any supplements with the ingredient. Jaundice and hepatitis were reported as the potential side effects. Shen Min products sell for $7.99 to $37.99.
- All ingredients are listed online.
- Products sell for prices comparably to other hair care products.
- Some ingredients could be useful for weight loss.
- Shen Min products are not formulated for weight loss.
- One of the main ingredients has been found to affect liver function.
- Warnings were issued by a London health agency about one ingredient.
If a supplement contains any ingredients that could cause potential health problems, it is best for the dieter to stay away from that product. Shen Min contains He Shou Wu. He Shou Wu is linked to liver reactions, which means dieters may wish to choose another natural supplement.