Effects of Capsaicin on Hair Loss

Many people are ignorant about capsaicin, its uses and effects. However, it is very important to know what capsaicin is and what its benefits are. Capsaicin is basically a chemical compound which is responsible for making chilli peppers hot. This compound is inherently present in all members of the pepper family and is responsible for imparting their spicy flavour. Capsaicin is also present is all the hot sauces generally used, including tobacco sauce and hot salsa. In many traditional cuisines, capsaicin or food materials which contain high amount of capsaicin are used to give food the spicy touch. Capsaicin acts as a skin irritant to humans and generally pets and causes a severe burning sensation when applied on skin. Capsaicin and the related compounds which have the same effects are classified together as capsaicinoids. Capsaicin is produced as a secondary metabolite in plants belonging to the pepper family, probably to keep away certain herbivores. Capsaicin in its natural form is colourless, odourless, and hydrophobic. The compound may vary from being crystalline is some compounds to waxy in others. Sometimes people burn their mouth while eating spicy foods, which is due to the effect of capsaicin. It is always advised to consume capsaicin carefully as a part of the diet as typically high doses of capsaicin can prove lethal or may cause severe effect on the digestive system.

One potential benefit of capsaicin is the positive effect of capsaicin for hair growth. The effects of capsaicin for hair are under study, but till now have yielded highly positive results which can make capsaicin a frequently used product to promote hair growth, hair strengthening or preventing hair loss.

The method of study to test the effect of capsaicin for hair, mice was used as lab subjects and their hair growth was seen. It was noticed that hair growth in mice which were administered capsaicin was faster than control mice or normal mice. Another revelation was that hair growth was even faster when capsaicin was given along with isoflavone. IGF 1 or insulin like growth factor 1 is responsible for the promotion of hair growth in humans. When mice were administered with capsaicin, the primary reason for an increase in hair growth was the increase in dermal levels of insulin like growth factor 1. When calcitonin gene related peptide was knocked out of mice, the increase in hair growth was not witnessed. Isoflavone increases the levels of calcitonin gene related peptide, which increases IGF 1 levels which in turn promotes hair growth.

Capsaicin for hair growth is preferred and is very helpful. When the same tests were done on humans, all humans, no matter what medical condition they were suffering from witnesses significant hair growth. However, it was also noticed that capsaicin and isoflavone work better on male baldness and not on baldness that arises as a side effect of some treatment or an allergic reaction. It does effect such cases, but the results are not very significant and hence cannot be generalized for all humans.

Anyone who is suffering from rapid hair loss is advised to take chilli peppers in their diet. Chilli peppers coupled with soy and beans can be extremely helpful and would show faster and more significant results. Generally, positive results start appearing after 5 months, the duration may vary from case to case. Capsaicin and isoflavone can alternatively be taken as supplements.

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