Broccoli extract may be anti-hair loss ingredient: Study
By Ravyn Cullor
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Sulforaphane, an isothiocyanate from broccoli, may increase hair numbers by almost 7% in men and women with androgenic alopecia, says a new study from South Korean cosmeceutical player Gragem Co., Ltd.
Data published in the journal Cosmetics indicated that 18 weeks of application of a prototype gel led to visual improvement in the parietal lines and bangs.
Additional cell studies revealed that sulforaphane is involved in regulating the gene expression of aldo-keto reductase 1c1 (Akr1c2), and enzyme that degrades dihydrotestosterone (DHT). High levels of DHT are associated with androgen alopecia (AGA), and therefore degrading DHT is seen as beneficial.