When you take a supplement like Viviscal, constipation is usually the last thing on your mind. A nutraceutical, Viviscal is marketed as a way to “reclaim the hair that makes you, fully you…” a claim that the company backs with self-sponsored clinical studies (1, 2, 3). Not that it’s unusual or illegal to base one’s claims on such studies but it has been proven that most company-sponsored studies tend to be biased in favor of the sponsor’s products.
That said Viviscal seems like an above-board product considering the reviews it continues to attract. However, behind the raving reviews is a build-up of complaints linked to digestive issues among them constipation.
Is there any logical explanation why Viviscal is often linked to constipation by its loyal customers? And…what is the company’s official position on this matter? Let’s delve deeper.
Investigating the Link Between Viviscal and Constipation Complaints
The official company position is that “Viviscal is gluten-free but contains ingredients like millet seed which some individuals with gluten sensitivity may find unsuitable.” Common signs of gluten intolerance include:
- Abdominal pain
Coincidentally, these are some of the issues forming the bulk of the complaints we have come across so far. So, if you’re experiencing any of them, it could be that you’re intolerant to the millet seed powder in it.
Other than millet, it is worth noting that Viviscal is a calcium-rich supplement and elevated calcium intake can also contribute to constipation. In particular, the supplement contains Shark Cartilage powder which is rich in calcium and a well-known constipation trigger.
How to Manage Constipation When Taking Viviscal
Like with any other situation in life, it is important to get to the root of the problem if you want to manage constipation attributed to Viviscal. The best course of action is to up your fiber intake gradually. Other than that, it is advisable to take lots of water throughout the day.
Also, take note of Viviscal’s usage instructions. The tablets should only be taken after a meal – not on an empty stomach. Taking them on an empty tummy only increases the likelihood of experiencing stomach cramps.