We all know that caffeine is an effective stimulant, but you might be surprised to know that it can also supercharge the hair follicles and encourage hair growth.
Caffeine is the world’s most widely consumed psychoactive drug. It’s found in the nuts, seeds and leaves of a number of plants native to Africa, East Asia and South America; the best known is, of course, the coffee bean, which is the seed of the Coffea arabica plant. Many of the drinks that we consume on a daily basis contain caffeine, including coffee, tea, cola and energy drinks. It’s also found in chocolate.
Caffeine can help to prevent hair loss because it acts on the hormone dihydrotestosterone (DHT), a byproduct of testosterone which causes male pattern baldness. Caffeine also stimulates hair follicles to produce more adenosine triphosphate (ATP), which is the primary energy carrier in all living organisms. Increased production of ATP keeps the hair follicle in its active growth phase for longer.