McDonald’s ‘world famous fries’ may be the cure for more than just hunger. A Japanese stem cell research team may have found a way to eliminate baldness by using an ingredient in McDonald’s french fries, reported the New York Post.
The scientists from Yokohama National University discovered the chemical dimethylpolysiloxane, a silicone used in McDonald’s fry oil to prevent splashing, can be used to mass produce hair follicles on mice. The research team credits the use of dimethylpolysiloxane in the ground-breaking experiment that has resulted in thousands of simultaneous hair follicle germs.
“The key for the mass production of HFGs was a choice of substrate materials for the culture vessel,” Professor Junji Fukuda said in the study. “We used oxygen-permeable dimethylpolysiloxane (PDMS) at the bottom of culture vessel, and it worked very well.”
Once the HGFs were transplanted into the backs of the mice, new black hairs began to sprout in those areas.
“This simple method is very robust and promising,” Fukuda said. “We hope this technique will improve human hair regenerative therapy to treat hair loss such as androgenic alopecia (male pattern baldness). In fact, we have preliminary data that suggests human HFG formation using human keratinocytes and dermal papilla cells.”
The scientists, meanwhile, are baffled by the connection. “I have seen online comments asking, ‘how many fries would I have to eat to grow my hair?” Professor at Yokohama National University Junji Fukuda said, per The Japan Times. “I’d feel bad if people think eating something would do that!”
Till the new research come up with new treatment the options still available are Minoxidil and Finasteride for hair regrowth, which are proven and FDA approved for both men and women.