Chemical found in McDonald’s fries could cure baldness, researchers say.
FOR years men have been searching for the cure for baldness and finally scientists may have the answer – McDonald’s fries.
Scientists have discovered that the chemicals used to cook McDonald’s French fries may assist with hair regrowth.
According to MSN News, a research team from Yokohama National University in Japan have found that dimethylpolysiloxane helps hair grow on mice. The chemical is put into the oil used to cook fries in order to prevent it from splattering.
The study, which was published in the journal Biomaterials, believes the findings will be applicable to human subjects too.
“This simple method is very robust and promising,” said Junji Fukuda, one of the study’s authors. “We hope that this technique will improve human hair regenerative therapy to treat hair loss such as androgenic alopecia.”
Scientists were able to produce around 5000 “hair follicle germs” using dimethylpolysiloxane. When these hair follicles were transplanted onto bald mice, new hair started to grow.
While further research still needs to be done before it can be applied to humans, scientists said the results were “promising”.
“We hope this technique will improve human hair regenerative therapy to treat hair loss such as androgenic alopecia (male pattern baldness),” said Fukuda.
According to Andrology Australia, significant balding affects about 20 per cent of men in their 20s and 40 per cent of men in their 40s, while a journal article written by Quan Q Dinh and Rodney Sinclair says that more than 55 per cent of women will also experience some degree of hair loss in their lifetime.