There are lots of things that happen to us as we get older.
Our energy levels decline.
Our skin starts to get tougher and wrinkled.
We lose muscle and gain fat.
And if we still have our hair, it will start to go gray.
But does aging really cause these things?
Are they a symptom of getting older, or a sign that something else is going on?
And, can we stop or reverse these things?
Today, let’s look at hair. More specifically, let’s look at gray natural hair.
Is there any evidence that gray hair can regain its color?
As it turns out, there is. Let’s look at this paper.
The author states that graying of hair happens for several reasons.
These could be genetic, metabolic, nutritional, or an acquired disorder.
But if it’s possible to fix the underlying cause, then hair can return to its normal color. Right?
Consider this, drugs and some treatments for diseases can also affect hair color.
Most drug-induced changes in hair color result in lighter hair color.
Although PABA (a B Vitamin) and some chemotherapy regimens darken hair.
So it is certainly possible for gray hair to regain its color.
But the research is just beginning, and there are no proven cures just yet.
But is gray hair different from normal hair?
This study answers that question.
In this study, researchers took samples of normal colored black hair, and hair that had gone gray.
Then they tested the samples for eight different minerals.
It turns out that gray hair has lower concentrations of all the minerals tested.
As you can see in the chart, the differences of magnesium, copper, and manganese were the most significant in gray hair.
The differences with sodium and calcium were significant, while the rest of the minerals were not.
What does this mean for you and your gray hair?
For now, the best advice is to eat nutritionally dense foods that help metabolism.
You want to eat enough vitamins and minerals for hair and health.
There are plenty of ways to use food for hair growth.
Liver is an excellent source of copper and the B vitamin PABA.
Shellfish like oysters, shrimp, and lobster are also rich in copper, and a good source of manganese.
You can get extra sodium with table salt, and milk is the best source of calcium.
Chocolate, coffee and leafy greens like spinach are great sources of magnesium.
You can also try supplements for healthy hair, but use caution when supplementing copper and manganese.
These can build up to toxic levels and cause more harm than good.
Before supplementing, it’s a good idea to get your levels tested by your doctor.
It’s always better to try to get your nutrition from food sources though.
Concentrations of Potassium, Sodium, Magnesium, Calcium, Copper, Zinc, Manganese and Iron in Black and Gray Hairs in Taiwan