JAPANESE RESEARCHERS: WINE CAN BOOST HAIR GROWTH
By Susan Lewis
Researchers of Japanese Rohto Pharmaceutical Company have found that tartaric acid in wines can boost hair growth, according to a report by the Kyodo News Agency.
The report said Rohto researchers administered tartaric acid to human cells responsible for hair growth and found that the substance can boost hair growth by a maximum of about 1.6 times.
Rohto’s research team has been working on a new product to help customers suffering from hair loss for more than a year.
The team is particularly interested in the properties of tartaric acid, the component responsible for the fresh crisp taste in a wine, which is known for its ability to maintain a weak acid environment to inhibit microbial growth.
So far researchers have only conducted experiments on human cells, more experiments are needed on oral application of tartaric acid as well as administer directly on scalps.
It was said that researchers are concerned about the strong effects of tartaric acid on skin cells and are working on a safe way to administer.
Tartaric acid is unique in that it is not found in many fruits or plants, but is the principal acid component in wine grapes that also contain malic, citric, ascorbic and acetic acids but in much smaller quantities.
The acid plays a key role in maintaining the chemical stability of wine and influencing the wine’s final taste.
(the writer can be contacted at: SusanLewis@thewinechronicle.com)
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