UNITED NEWS INTERNATIONAL (UNI) — There might be something in your fast food that could help — rather than hinder — your health.
New research suggests a chemical in McDonald’s fried food may cure baldness.
Scientists from Japan’s Yokohama National University tested a silicone called dimethylpolysiloxane.
It’s the same chemical McDonald’s uses in cooking oil to prevent splashing when making fries.
For this study, the chemical was used as a culture vessel for cells that drive the growth of hair follicles.
The combination created thousands of hair follicle germs which were then implanted onto the bodies of mice.
According to a study published Feb. 1 in the journal Biomaterials, each spot on the mouse sprouted black hairs within a matter of days.
One study leader said, “We hope this technique will improve hair regeneration therapy to treat hair loss.”
The study did not, however, suggest eating McDonald’s fries to fix a receding hairline.