The effects of tea polyphenolic compounds on hair loss among rodents

J Natl Med Assoc. 2005 Aug;97(8):1165-9.

Abstract

The objective of this study was to examine the effects of polyphenolic compounds, present in noncommercially available green tea, on hair loss among rodentts. In an experimental study, we randomly assigned 60female Balb/black mice, which had developed spontaneous hair loss on the head, neck and dorsal areas into two equal groups; A (experimental) and B (control). Group A received 50% fraction of polyphenol extract from dehydrated green tea in their drinking water for six months. Group B received regular drinking water. Both groups were fed regular rodent diets (Purina Rodent Chow 5001) and housed individually in polycarbonate cages. The results showed that 33% of the mice in experimental Group A, who received polyphenol extract in their drinking water, had significant hair regrowth during six months of treatment (p = 0.014). No hair growth was observed among mice in the control group, which received regular water.

MeSH terms

  • Alopecia / prevention & control*
  • Animals
  • Female
  • Flavonoids / pharmacology*
  • Hair / drug effects*
  • Hair / growth & development
  • Linear Models
  • Mice
  • Mice, Inbred BALB C
  • Phenols / pharmacology*
  • Plant Extracts / pharmacology*
  • Polyphenols
  • Tea / chemistry*

Substances

  • Flavonoids
  • Phenols
  • Plant Extracts
  • Polyphenols
  • Tea