McDonald’s curing baldness? Yes, really but not really. The company’s french fries do help in a way but also not really. Confused? Probably. Here’s the story and why it’s likely important to many men and a lot of women.
First. The hair loss treatment manufacturing industry is huge. In 2016, it did $6 billion in business and by 2018 that figure has no doubt — and no pun intended — grown. These are firms that produce oral and topical treatments for hair restoration. That figure does not include companies that do transplants.
It’s a whole other industry.
Newsweek and publications The Evening Standard and The Mirror reported a story from the journal Biomaterials. It said scientists at Japan’s Yokohama National University found a chemical found in the oil used to cook french fries can regrow hair.
Or at least it regrew the fur on mice in some tests.
The chemical’s name is almost not pronounceable. It is dimethylpolysiloxane and is found in a silicone added to the oil used to cook french fries. The chemical keeps the oil from bubbling over.
The Japanese scientists put a concoction together to mass produce hair follicle germs (HFG). The HFGs were then put on the bald backs of mice. It created thousands of HFGs simultaneously and regrew the fur.
Newsweek says it’s the first time these germs have been used this way.
The Evening Standard said the mice started growing fun within a couple of days. It quoted researchers as saying the chemical’s use encourages hair growth because oxygen can pass through it easily.
The Mirror said Professor Junji Fukuda noted oxygen helps “both HFG formation and subsequent hair shaft generation.”
In a press release the professor said over time this may be the cure we’re seeking. “We hope this technique will improve human hair regenerative therapy to treat hair loss such as androgenic alopecia (male pattern baldness),” he wrote.
In the meantime, what you don’t want to do is go out and gobble up gobs of french fries. That’s just not going to help.
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