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1. WO2011009863 - STEVIA EXTRACT OR STEVIOL FOR HAIR CARE

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WHAT IS CLAIMED IS:

1. A method of enhancing the appearance of an animal's, including a human's,

hair/fur/feathers/scales comprising administering an oral nutraceutical or food composition comprising steviol, a steviol precursor, or a Stevia extract which contains stevioside and/or rebaudioside A for a time sufficient and in an amount effective to enhance the overall appearance of a mammal's hair/fur, and observing the enhanced appearance.

2. A method according to Claim 1 wherein the enhancement of the appearance is selected from the group consisting of: restoring hair/fur color and delaying the development of greyness in hair/fur, and the oral nutraceutical or food composition comprises steviol.

3. A method according to Claim 2 wherein the animal is a human.

4. A method according to Claim 1 wherein the administration is chronic.

5. A method according to Claim 1 wherein the enhancement is selected from: lessening hair loss, restoring hair growth after the onset of baldness has occurred, increasing the thickness of hair, counteracting age-associated hair thinning, preventing premature hair loss, or delaying the onset or severity of age-associated hair loss and thinning.

6. A method according to Claim 5 wherein the animal is human.

7. A method according to Claim 5 wherein the administration is chronic.

8. Use of steviol, a steviol precursor or a Stevia extract which contains stevioside and/or rebaudioside A in the manufacture of an oral nutraceutical or food composition which enhances the overall appearance of an animal's, including a human's

hair/fur/feathers/scales .

9. Use according to Claim 8 wherein the nutraceutical or food contains steviol and the enhancement is: restoring hair/fur color and/or delaying the onset of greyness in hair/fur.

10. Use according to Claim 8 wherein the animal is a human.

11. Use according to any of Claim 8 wherein the use is chronic.

12. Use according to Claim 8 wherein the enhancement is selected from: lessening hair loss, restoring hair growth after the onset of baldness has occurred, increasing the thickness of hair, counteracting age-associated hair thinning, preventing premature hair loss, or delaying the onset or severity of age-associated hair loss and thinning.

13. Use according to Claim 12 wherein the mammal is human.

14. Use according to Claim 12 or 13 wherein the use is chronic.

15. A nutraceutical or food which contains steviol, a steviol precursor or a Stevia extract which is used for enhancing the overall appearance of an animal's including human's hair/fur/feathers/scales .

16. A method according to Claim 1 wherein the animal is a dog, cat, or human.

17 A method according to Claim 8 wherein the mammal is a dog or cat.

18. A method according to Claim 9 wherein the mammal is a dog or cat.