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Hair Loss: Did Scientists Just Find a Way to Regrow Hair?

Researchers at UCLA have found a way to switch on hair growth by manipulating stem cells in hair follicles, Science Daily reports. While the experiments so far have been only with mice, scientists believe they may be able to come up with a drug that will stimulate hair growth in humans in the same manner in which they did it with the mice. The study is promising enough, they said, that they’ve already applied for a provisional patent on the process.

Your hair is your crowning glory, and whether it’s thinning or graying — or both — many people spend a lot of time and money trying to return it to its youthful appearance. From that end, gray hair is inevitable for most people. As your hair grows, cells produce melanocytes — cells that produce melanin — but as you age the melanocyte activity slows down and eventually stops, leaving less pigment in your hair. Genetics, hormones and even environmental pollutants can speed along the graying process.

Stress, thyroid disease or pituitary gland problems, vitamin deficiencies including lack of vitamin D — the “sunshine” vitamin — and nicotine also contribute to graying hair and possibly hair loss. Certain prescription drugs, such as anabolic steroids, can also cause hair loss.

But so does what you eat. Research has shown that there are foods that can trigger the accumulation of silver strands and even foods you can eat to help prevent them. Walnuts, for example, are amazingly rich in copper, and copper is essential for the production of melanin, which gives hair its pigmentation. Express says walnuts increase blood flow to your head and scalp, so your hair will grow faster. Other foods with high amounts of copper include sesame seeds, shiitake mushrooms, cashews, asparagus and spinach.
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