How McDonald's fries could be linked to curing male baldness

IT MAY not be great for your waistline, but a new study suggests something in McDonald's fries could be good for your hairline.

Japanese scientists believe that a chemical used to make fries at the Golden Arches could help put hair on your head thanks to "hair follicle germs" that help drive hair growth.

A specific chemical found in McDonald's fries - dimethylpolysiloxane - is suspected to be the key to the findings.

The chemical is used to stop cooking oil from foaming.

Their hair follicle germs helped prompt hair growth in mice.

Yokohama National University Professor Junji Fukuda said the process was "very robust and promising".

"We hope this technique will improve human hair regenerative therapy to treat hair loss such as androgenic alopecia (male pattern baldness)," he told The Sun newspaper.

Baldness affects close to half of all men by the time they reach 50.

News Corp Australia

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