Resveratrol and Hair
Associated with wine, resveratrol has been touted as a potential disease-fighting powerhouse and is the premiere antioxidant for the hair follicle. Since being placed in the spotlight, numerous studies have been designed to investigate the possible health benefits of this plant-derived substance.
What is resveratrol?
Resveratrol is an antimicrobial compound produced by several types of plants. Found in the skins of grapes, raspberries, blueberries, and some other food sources, resveratrol serves as a plant’s protective response to pathogenic bacteria and fungi. Resveratrol can be taken as a supplement.
How can resveratrol potentially treat balding?
In a recent study by the University of Hong Kong, it was shown that resveratrol is a proven nutraceutical that increases the life span of the hair follicle. Prostaglandin D2 (PDG2)–a lipid compound that has hormone-like effects–is an inflammatory agent that has been linked to male pattern baldness. In one study, researchers at the University of Pennsylvania School of Medicine analyzed the presence of prostaglandin D2 in the scalp and found that prostaglandin D2 levels are elevated in bald areas when compared to areas with healthy hair. The results indicate that higher prostaglandin D2 concentrations in scalp hair follicles inhibits hair growth.
Resveratrol has anti-inflammatory properties and has shown some efficacy as a prostaglandin D2 suppressor, which may be useful in the treatment of male-pattern baldness.
What other benefits does resveratrol potentially have?
Although there is limited evidence to the health benefits of resveratrol, the compound is thought to have antioxidant and anti-inflammatory properties that may be applied to the treatment of cardiovascular disease, cancer, and neurodegenerative diseases. Resveratrol may help reduce cholesterol levels, protect blood vessels from damage, and safeguard eyesight. Research has been conducted on resveratrol and its potential effect on disease, including:
- Heart function
- Blood clotting and inflammation
- Skeletal muscular function
Because resveratrol research has been restricted to animal case studies (mice and pigs), the findings are not conclusive for humans. Further studies are needed to make definitive health claims.
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