It’s no news that as we grow older, the probability of our hair going grey increases, not a lot of people like this process. So today, we are going to examine how to reverse gray hair for seniors. Most people think gray hairs is as a result of you growing older and your genes, although this is true. But that’s not the entire story. Let’s examine what causes grey hair in seniors before listing out how to reverse it.
What Causes Gray Hair in the First Place?
Knowing how the gray hair forms will give you a clue on how the reversing process works. On your hair follicles, cells called the “melanocytes,” also known as the pigment cell supplies your hair with melanin. Melanin is the pigment that gives the hair its dark color.
As we grow older, there is a reduction in the production of melanin. This leads to a reduction of the dark pigment of your hair, which increases the amount of gray hair on your head. There has been a lot of research on why the melanin production is reduced in seniors.
Researchers also discovered that graying is mostly facilitated by the buildup of hydrogen peroxide in your hair follicles, which takes the place of the melanin in your hair. The hydrogen peroxide talked about here is produced by your body and supplied to your hair follicles.
The hydrogen peroxide is supposed to be broken down into water and oxygen by an enzyme called catalase. Catalase is also an enzyme produced by our body and supplied to the hair to break down hydrogen peroxide. An issue arises as we grow older. The production of catalase reduces, which means most of the hydrogen peroxide produced will not be converted to oxygen and water.
Leading to the accumulation of more hydrogen peroxide in the hair, which ends up accelerating the graying process. Another enzyme that affects the graying process is known as glutathione produced by the liver. The enzyme also acts like the catalase to break down hydrogen peroxide to water and oxygen. The production of glutathione also reduces as we grow older.
How to Reverse Gray Hair
Increasing the Catalase Levels in the Body
From the above analysis, we have come to the understanding that the catalase levels in the body have a direct connection to graying. So, increasing the levels of catalase could help reverse the effects of graying. One way of boosting the production of catalase in the body is to eat foods that are rich in catalase. There is a number of them:
Vegetables that contain lots of catalase: Avocados, leeks, onions, radishes, kales, spinach, carrots, cucumbers, parsnips, celery, red cabbage, and even zucchini, etc.
Fruits that contain lots of Catalase: Cherries, apricot, bananas, watermelon, kiwi, peaches, and apples. Eat this fruit fresh and raw, not when it is processed because heat reduces the enzyme activities of the fruit.
Other food containing catalase: Beef liver is one of them, but you shouldn’t consume a lot of this due to its cholesterol levels, wheat, yeast, and cheese. Another way to increase the catalase levels is to take supplements that contain antioxidants like vitamin E, palmetto, curcumin, ashwagandha, and so on.
All these antioxidants contain catalase. In a study, it was discovered that 3 grams of ashwagandha powder a day, when used continuously for a year, increase the amount of melanin in middle-aged men.
Increasing Glutathione Level
The reduction in the production of glutathione allows for more hydrogen peroxide in the hair. So, taking in glutathione supplements can help reverse the graying process. The supplement helps increase the glutathione levels in the body, which will help reduce the amount of hydrogen peroxide in the blood.
One way to do this is to get glutathione supplements around (500 to 1000mg). It is advised you take these supplements before bedtime for better effects. You should also add grass-fed whey protein into your diet plan as they are known to increase glutathione levels in the body.
It has been discovered that taking at least 10 grams of whey twice a day will increase your daily glutathione levels by 46%. It would be best if you also exercised regularly. Exercising has many benefits for the body.
As we age, exercising helps boost the body’s glutathione level. One other thing you can do is to eat food that has a lot of vitamin C; this helps raise the glutathione level in the red blood cells.
Using Anti-Gray Hair Pills
A lot of cosmetics giants claim to have anti gray pills. Some have been a hoax, some have gotten some success, while some haven’t released their product yet. The government has fined some companies like Go Away Grey and Get Away Grey supplements that promised to help customers reverse the gray process of their hair.
It has been discovered they have misled the consumers into believing in a hoax as they have no scientific evidence to support their product. Companies like L’Oreal have announced that they are developing pills for treating gray hair with no word on the launch date yet. Right now, we can only speculate.
SeroVital hair Regeneres make use of melanin, keratin, and other antioxidants to help recover the hair color and reduce hair loss. The company claim that it is possible to see improvements in 60 days of using the anti-gray pills with a scalp massage with their hair serum.
SeroVital hair regenerates has proven to be able to reverse the graying process of the hair to an extent and is highly recommended.
Using Homemade Remedies
There are a lot of recommended home remedies. But the thing is most of them don’t have any scientific evidence, so there is no assurance that they work or not. But I will list out some of them. Some people claim applying blended onions with juice on the scalp helps reverse the greying problem.
Others say applying Indian gooseberries and coconut oil on the scalp also helps. Some also say applying a mixture of black tea and conditioner on the hair for an hour each day will help reverse the graying of the hair. Also, applying a mixture of curry leaves with hair oils can help reverse the graying process.
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