It Turns Out McDonald’s Fries Contain The Secret To Curing Baldness

It’s all thanks to a chemical used in the making of McDonald’s fries.

Fries with ketchup.

McDonald’s fries are not only crunchy, tasty bits of potato-ey goodness but they could also hold the key to curing baldness.

Roughly 40 per cent of all men will experience some form of noticeable hair loss by the age of 35, with that percentage rising to 65 per cent by the age of 60. But, in a unique and completely unexpected twist, it’s been revealed that a chemical used in the making of McDonald’s fries could hold the key to stopping the issue in its tracks.

Scientists were able to regrow hair in mice using human stem cells which helped generate fresh follicles capable of growing hair back in a mater of days. Better yet, preliminary tests indicate the approach will work in humans.

Researchers at the Yokohama National University in Japan uncovered the breakthrough, after mass producing hair follicle germs (HFG) in a lab. These cells represent the “Holy Grail” of hair growing development and, until now, have never been regenerated on this kind of scale.

It’s all thanks to a chemical called dimethylpolysiloxane – a substance used in the cooking of McDonald’s fries to prevent the oil used from foaming. The chemical proved particularly effective in the production of HFGs as they allow oxygen to pass through them with ease allowing scientists to creat up to 5,000 HFGs simultaneously.

Going bald.

“The key for the mass production of HFGs was a choice of substrate materials for the culture vessel,” lead researcher Professor Junji Fukuda said. “We used oxygen-permeable dimethylpolysiloxane (PDMS) at the bottom of culture vessel, and it worked very well.”

Scientists were able to seed the HFG cells into a 300-microwell array chip which was then injected into test mice, resulting in the generation of follicles and hair on the body. Mouse skin cells were mixed with stem cells from mice and humans in microwells to develop the custom-designed chip.

“This simple method is very robust and promising,” Professor 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.”

Fries with ketchup.

“These self-sorted hair follicle germs (ssHFGs) were shown to be capable of efficient hair-follicle and shaft generation upon injection into the backs of nude mice.” With scientists confident that the same scientific formula could be rolled out among humans, things could be about to change forever for men all over the world.

And we all have McDonald’s Fries to thank. Sort of.

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