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There are certain foods and supplements that we can take to help starve off the onset of grey hair. Eating the right foods is the best way to delay the onset of your hair going grey.
One of the key causes of grey hair is a lack of Vitamin A and B so any foods or supplements containing these crucial ingredient is a must. Add to these copper, zinc and iron and you will be on the right track. Vitamin B12 which is also called Cobalamin is key in maintaining normal functions of the brain and nervous system and the formation of blood.
It has been reported that a Vitamin B12 deficiency can be a cause of grey hair so ensuring you are topped up with this vitamin is crucial.
What other Foods are Good For Preventing Grey Hair
One of the more common remedies is Black Strap Molasses due to it high levels of essential vitamins. Taking this orally will be absorbed quickly into the body helping to increase the levels of all the key vitamins you need.
Two tablespoons of black-strap contains approximately 14 % of our required daily intake of copper, which is an important mineral whose peptides help to rebuild skin structure and supports healthy hair. Not only that but further grey hair benefits are that it contains high amounts of iron, magnesium, calcium, potassium and vitamin b6.
Over a course of several months it not only stimulates hair growth but the 20% copper ingredient helps the hair pigmentation to produce melanin and reverse any grey hair. In some cases the grey hair may fall out with new stronger and healthier hair replacing it.
More Grey Hair Vitamins
As you can tell by now the deficiency in vitamins is a large part of unhealthy hair and its tendency to go grey. Studies have shown that the hydrogen peroxide our bodies produce also plays a part in causing our hair to lose its pigmentation.
This strong natural occurring chemical strips our hair of its melanin and in time will cause the hair to go grey. As we age this level of Hydrogen peroxide increases so the grey hair appearance become more evident. The reason this happens in because the enzyme Catalase that helps to control the hydrogen peroxide in our bodies drops as we age.
There are product on the market that help to increase our Catalase levels like this one to a point where the melanin is reproduced and we start seeing the grey color recede.
For this very reason you need to make sure all vitamin levels are at their optimum by eating foods that contain them like barley grass which contains copper, zinc and silica.
Fresh GreenVegatables are a brilliant source of naturally rich vitamins namely B6 & B12. Spinach is a good source of B Vitamins but if you want it to get staright to the source of your hair then take Spirulina which is a sea algae that is super rich in vitamins.
Chocolate, What!! yes that’s right. It’s rich in copper and helps to produce melanin in your hair helping to reduce the chance of going grey. If you can, go for dark chocolate, it has less calories and is much better for you. I never liked dark chocolate but have now been converted so give it a try if you still prefer the sweet variety. If you can brush your teeth after eating chocolate it helps to get rid of the sugar.
Almonds are another source of Copper and Vitamin E both which are needed for the treatment of unhealthy hair. The nice thing is you can incorporate almonds into many dishes. Eat chocolates with almonds, great stuff! Include in rice, salads and any other dish you can think works.
An added benefit is that almonds also help to increase the Catalase levels in your body. Having high levels of this enzyme in your body is key to maintaining your natural hair color.
Salmon is great for fighting grey hair, it tastes great and is a natural source of Selenium which helps to regulate hormone production and ensure colourful and healthy hair. It also helps to expel free radicals which are never good in your system.
Tomatoes, Pumkins, Peppers and Colored Fruits are also good foods that you can add to your diet. These all help to combat grey hair.
Lifestyle Contributors to Grey Hair
So its not all down to your diet there are other factors that can effect the color of your hair. If you are stressed it can lead to sudden grey hair so if you can avoid it then do so. Excessive drinking can also play a large part as it contributes to poor nutrition. Smoking and continuous dyeing of your hair can leave it dry and lacking in nutrients.
Grey Hair and Genetics
If that’s not enough there are genetic factors that can come into play when getting grey hair. Some people actually go grey at a very young age and this can largely be down to family genetics.
There are more and more cases of people in their teens going grey and while it can be down to nutrition we would say its more than likely due to a gene that has been passed down by a family member.
There are many contributing factors to why our hair goes grey and no one solution can do the trick when it comes to a remedy that works 100%. Large pharmaceutical companies spend 100’s of millions in research and development. As with hair loss products in this market they are big earners. We are not far off from a solution to the treatment of grey hair so do what you can by applying the suggestions above. Eat well and you may not need that revolutionary remedy when it hits the market.