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Ingredient of McDonald`s chips could prevent hair loss
It is always advised not to eat too much french fries, since fried and fried potatoes can damage your health and make you fat. For people with light hair, fries may be an advantage. Because according to a recent study, a certain ingredient that the fast food chain McDonald`s uses for fries could help against hair loss.
French fries for hair loss
It's normal for hair to fall out. According to experts, humans lose up to 100 hairs every day. If these do not grow again, one speaks of permanent hair loss. The most common forms include circular hair loss (alopecia areata). Men are affected more frequently than women. It is usually difficult or impossible for those affected to stop hair loss. Scientists are therefore constantly on the lookout for new therapies to help with hair loss. Researchers from Japan have now discovered that a certain substance used to make fries could help reduce hair loss.
Additive in McDonald`s fries
French fries are considered unhealthy not only because they are fried, but also because of the various food additives.
However, not all of them are dangerous. For example, polydimethylsiloxane (PDMS), an additive in McDonald's fries, is considered safe in small quantities.
PDMS is one of the foam inhibitors, the fabric prevents the foaming of boiling oil.
And it could also prevent hair loss, as Japanese researchers have found.
Prevent hair loss and boost hair growth
In a study with mice, scientists from Yokohama National University (Japan) demonstrated that polydimethylsiloxane (PDMS) prevents hair loss and even boosts hair growth.
As the researchers led by Professor Junji Fukuda report in the journal "Biomaterials", no one had previously been able to produce the stem cells of the hair follicles necessary for hair growth in sufficient quantities.
But the experts from Yokohama managed to do this, for the first time they generated 5,000 of these stem cells.
The researchers said in a release posted on the Science Daily portal that black hair grew on both the back and scalp of rodents.
The regenerated hair therefore showed the typical hair cycle of mouse hair.
“This simple method is very robust and promising. We hope that this technique will improve the treatment of human hair loss, such as androgenetic alopecia, ”said Professor Fukuda.
According to the scientist, "preliminary data" are already available, which suggests that the application could help in humans. (ad)