Spicy foods good for hair growth?
A study with Chili-peppers showed that hair growth could be enhanced in both mice and humans.
Capsaicin found in chili-peppers was administered to 48 volunteers for 5 months.
"Capsaicin activates vanilloid receptor-1, thereby increasing the release of calcitonin gene-related peptide (CGRP) from sensory neurons, and CGRP has been shown to increase IGF-I production."
Insulin-like growth factor-I (IGF-I) plays an important role in hair growth an increases activity in the Dermal Papilla. IGF-1 is not to be confused with IGF-1 serum which is anabolic and decreases DHT activity.
"Plasma levels of IGF-I were significantly increased from baseline levels in 31 volunteers with alopecia at 5 months after oral administration of capsaicin (6 mg/day) and isoflavone (75 mg/day) (p < 0.01), while they were not increased in 17 volunteers with alopecia administered placebo. The number of volunteers with alopecia who showed promotion of hair growth at 5 months after administration was significantly higher among volunteers administered capsaicin and isoflavone (20/31: 64.5%) than among those administered placebo (2/17: 11.8%) (p < 0.01).."
Our studies have shown that isoflavones especially soy isoflavones have a negative impact on growth.
However capsaicin with the Help Hair Shake has shown amazing growth.
To read more about our results click this link and scroll down to the bottom of the page.