A Vitamin That Fights Baldness?
A new study suggests that daily supplements of a patented tocotrienol complex (vitamin E) may increase hair growth in people with male pattern baldness.
Researchers from the School of Pharmaceutical Sciences at the University of Science Malaysia conducted the study. It has yet to be submitted for publication in a peer-review journal because of patent protection.
The placebo controlled trial involved 28 volunteers aged 18-59 with male pattern baldness.
Male pattern baldness affects around 40 million men in America, making it the most common type of hair loss for men.
Male pattern baldness usually starts with a receding hairline and hair thinning on the crown, and is caused by hormones and genetic predisposition. There is a 4 in 7 chance of inheriting the baldness gene.
For the study, participants were randomly assigned to receive a patented oral vitamin E complex or a placebo for eight months.
At the end of the study, the researchers took hair counts which involved counting the number of hairs in a pre-selected 2x2cm area.
For the vitamin E group, the researchers found an average 42% increase in hair growth, and 8 of the volunteers (57% of the group) saw over 50% increase in hair growth. There was no statistical change in the number of hairs for the placebo group.
Vitamin E is a powerful antioxidant and provides a number of health benefits due to its ability to neutralize free radicals in the body that cause tissue and cellular damage.
Some of these benefits include reduced risk of coronary heart disease and certain cancers, wound healing properties, and better circulatory health. Eating more foods high in vitamin E such as avocado, nuts, and egg yolk is a good way increase vitamin E intake.