Research indicates that genetics, stress and poor nutrition plays a major role in graying of hair. You can’t change your genes, but you can start living a healthy lifestyle. So, eating healthy will not just improve your overall health, but also help to preserve your hair colour for many more year. Besides, certain foods are said to be more beneficial to prevent grey hair.
In most of the cases, a deficiency of melanin is the leading cause of hair whitening. The production of melanin depends upon appropriate nutrition and protein supplements. The lack of these nutrients causes melanin to fall below acceptable levels.
Walnuts are rich in copper, stops hair graying. Copper is crucial for melanin production, as melanin gives hair its pigment.
Almonds are rich sources of vitamin E, copper, and proteins. Include almonds and other nuts in the daily diet to curb graying process.
Amla/ Indian Gooseberry
Amla contains lots of vitamin C, antioxidants, and other amazing nutrient, which help to slow hair loss and greying, as well as delay other signs of aging process.
The need for folic acid is also linked to better hair health – its deficiency can cause premature graying. Eat lots of broccoli, asparagus, beans, peas and lentils.
Low levels of Vitamin B12 can lead to dry, thinning and prematurely greying hair. So,include lots of poultry, eggs, cheese, milk and seafood in your daily diet.
B – vitamins
Stress uses up vitamin B and some studies have shown that taking large doses of certain B vitamins (B6, B12, folic acid) have begun to reverse the process of graying in 3 months.
Effects of Hydrogen Peroxide In The Hair Follicles
New research suggests that it is not the loss of hair pigments that turns hair grey; it is the build-up of hydrogen peroxide in the hair follicles that literally bleaches the hair inside out. Hydrogen peroxide is naturally produced in our bodies as a by-product of regular metabolism. It is also formed as a result of exposure to stress and pollution, U.V rays. Besides, a high concentration of hydrogen peroxide can cause signs of aging such as: wrinkles, arthritis, brain degeneration, and heart disease.
So how do you fight hydrogen peroxide?
By eating more antioxidants!!
We saw how hydrogen peroxide turns hair grey. Eating antioxidant rich foods is one way to get rid of hydrogen peroxide.
Besides our bodies are also well equipped to convert this hydrogen peroxide into harmless oxygen and water. And it occurs with the help of an enzyme called catalase — which is a powerful antioxidant.
As we get older, our bodies make less catalase. As a result, peroxide builds up, leaving us with increasing amounts of grey hair. Even factors such as stress and poor diet can cause catalase levels to go down. Zinc, copper, omega3 can help to prevent this.
Fruits and vegetables are packed with antioxidants, which have the power to slow down the aging process and keep you and your hair healthy and beautiful.
Zinc is another essential mineral that is required for healthy hair and stops premature graying. Seafood is rich sources of zinc. Include shrimp, prawns and other seafood in the diet. Eating foods rich in zinc content can promote the production of new hair cells. This will result in thickening of hair as well as the hair starts retaining its original color.
Things to avoid if you want to preserve your hair’s health and colour
1) Smoking – reduces circulation of the scalp, and generates free radicals.
2) Too much Caffeine – makes body acidic, which is not good for our cells, including hair cells.
3) Too much Processed foods and alcohol consumption
4) Excess sugar – depletes body store of vital nutrients.
5) Use of synthetic dyes – which can actually damage the hair follicles permanently.