A new study from Carotech indicates that daily supplements of vitamin E could increase hair growth by 42 percent in those suffering from male pattern baldness.
A placebo-controlled trial conducted over eight months involving 28 volunteers with male pattern baldness also referred to in medical terms as androgenetic alopecia at the School of Pharmaceutical Sciences at the University of Science Malaysia. This makes it the first study to report such benefits for vitamind E. The findings of the study were presented at the Vitafoods International Conference in Geneva in May this year.
Male pattern baldness
American Medical Association data indicates that around 95 percent of all cases of hair loss are due to male pattern baldness which affects close to 40 million American men. Balding is reported to start by the age of 30 in 25 percent of men, and in 75 percent by the age of 60. AMA says chance of inheriting the baldness gene is 4:7.
There are eight types of vitamin E. they are: four tocopherols (alpha, beta, gamma, delta) and four tocotrienols (alpha, beta, gamma, delta).
The main source found in supplements and mainly in European diets is Alpha-tocopherol. Gamma-tocopherol is found most commonly in American diets.
Tocotrienols (TCT) are only minor components in plants. Relatively high levels are found in palm oil, cereal grains and rice bran.
A majority of research of vitamin E is focused on Alpha-tocopherol while studies in tocotrienols are less than one percent of all research on the vitamin.