Progressive hair loss is still a problem for many men, and some women as well. Hair undergoes three cycle stages; through cyclical loss and new-hair growth however, the number of hairs remains relatively constant.
Still, a variety of factors, such as hormones, nutritional status, and exposure to radiations, environmental toxicants, and medications, may affect hair growth. According to numerous studies, using papaya on the scalp has shown impressive results in helping to increase hair growth. The papaya contains a large amount of Vitamin C, which is crucial for its restorative and healing properties. It also contains about 224 percent of one’s daily needs of vitamins and minerals.
The folic acid that papaya contains, as well as Vitamin C, both improve circulation throughout the body, including the scalp. The scalp is fed the nutrients and minerals that are needed to produce healthy hair growth and stimulate the sebaceous glands.
Express.co.uk reported on a study published in the National Library of Medicine, hydroxy salicylic acid from papaya and its potential ability to promote hair growth was analysed.
The study said: “An aliphatic ester of hydroxy salicylic acid, reported for the first time from a natural source in addition to five known compounds, were isolated from the fermented papaya preparation, a commercialized functional food. The known compounds were identified as 5-hydroxymethylfurfuraldehyde, trans-caffeic acid, butyl 4-hydroxybenzoate (butylparaben), lycopene, benzyl isothiocyanate.”
The study concluded that compounds found in papaya showed a moderate antioxidant activity and a potent hair growth stimulating activity.