The number of people with hair loss in developing nations may one day decrease thanks to a scientific breakthrough by researchers who have found a way to insert a hair-friendly nutrient into corn.
While the new development will definitely not spell an end to thinning locks in third-world countries, it remains entirely feasible that generations of people will benefit from it in a number of ways – and healthier scalps and hair follicles are just one of them.
Modified to produce key nutrient
Researchers at the Rutgers University in New Brunswick, Canada, wanted to see if they could genetically modify corn, the world’s largest commodity crop, so that it would produce a key nutrient called methionine, which is not created naturally by the body and has to be ingested.
So important is this nutrient to both human and animal growth that it is already added in synthetic form to field corn seed around the world. This is primarily because corn is most often used for animal feed, and livestock will not properly bulk up if methionine is not added.
The developed world gets much of its methionine from meat, but to developing nations – especially those in which small-scale subsistence farmers use corn to feed their families – sufficient quantities are often missing from their diet. By inserting a bacterial gene into the corn plant’s genome, the Rutgers scientists were able to grow several generations of GMO corn with 57% more methionine. They hope that their findings will pave the way for a new and improved strain of the plant.
People with the temporary thinning condition Telogen Effluvium and the genetic conditions Male Pattern Baldness and Female Pattern Hair Loss are regularly advised that their dietary intake can play a small but significant part in their overall hair health.
Belgravia clients presenting with any of the three are often prescribed high-strength minoxidil from the recommended formulations available (men with male pattern baldness may also be offered a once-a-day drug named finasteride 1mg), but hair loss treatment does not end there.
To further encourage regrowth, hair growth boosters are offered – including a premium product named Hair Vitalics, developed exclusively by the experts at The Belgravia Centre. This proprietary blend of essential vitamins, minerals, amino acids and botanical extracts is available in formulations aimed specifically at men or women. Both products contain L-Methionine, an essential sulphur amino acid which is involved in the body’s synthesis of L-Cysteine, a building block of proteins.
Though not intended to replace nutrients that can be found in a balanced diet, modern life is such that some people find it difficult to get what they need via their everyday food intake and often find it convenient to top up with a highly-targeted hair supplement. Hair Vitalics also contains premium hair-friendly components that are not necessarily found in a normal, balanced diet.
Hair Vitalics for Men and Hair Vitalics for Women each contain high quality ingredients that have all been shown to lower levels of DHT in the blood stream. These include saw palmetto for men and also the soy isoflavones genistein and daidzein for women. DHT is a testosterone by-product that adversely affects the hair follicles in people who have a genetic sensitivity towards it. Whilst these ingredients have been proven to help lower serum DHT, they are not intended for use as hair loss treatments; these support products are simply another tool in the arsenal of those taking a holistic approach to maximising their hair’s potential.
The Belgravia Centre is the leader in hair loss treatment in the UK, with two clinics based in Central London. If you are worried about hair loss you can arrange a free consultation with a hair loss expert or complete our Online Consultation Form from anywhere in the UK or the rest of the world. View our Hair Loss Success Stories, which are the largest collection of such success stories in the world and demonstrate the levels of success that so many of Belgravia’s patients achieve. You can also phone 020 7730 6666 any time for our hair loss helpline or to arrange a free consultation.