Ingredient found in broccoli and cauliflower may prevent hair loss


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In a new study, Korean scientists suggest that sulforaphane, an organic compound present in cauliflower and broccoli, could help prevent hair loss and even promote hair growth.


Premium Beauty News reports that according to the study, sulforaphane could not only become an unmissable ingredient in hair care cosmetics, but even an alternative pharmacological treatment for androgenetic alopecia (i.e. hair loss and baldness).


The study was conducted by a team of scientists from South Korean company Gragem Co. Ltd. in conjunction with the Department of Biotechnology at The University of Suwon. Published in the journal, Cosmetics, the results of the study showed that the organic compound present in broccoli and cauliflower induced an increase of nearly 7% in the number of hairs in participants suffering from androgenetic alopecia.


Prior to embarking on the study, the scientists had previously gleaned that sulforaphane increased the expression of the enzyme that breaks down dihydrotestosterone (DHT), the hormone implicated in hair loss, thereby helping to inhibit hair loss in the animal model.