Friday, July 6, 2012

Hair Graying Causes and Remedies

Gray hairs are the causes for concern for many people. But there are many simple techniques that can stop graying your hair. Here, I will discuss the causes and remedies for gray hairs. Gray hair cure is a systematic and disciplined approach. First you need to know the main causes for hair graying and then you need to know the natural remedies.

Causes for Gray Hair:

The pigment in the hair is responsible for imparting color to the hairs. More specifically, melanin is the pigment responsible for hair color. Gray hair is a result of insufficient pigment present in the hair follicles, Hydrogen peroxide is a toxic waste product of metabolism.   It is harmful to our hair and health. Our bodies produces hydrogen peroxide everyday. To prevent the health damages this hydrogen peroxide must be quickly converted into other, less dangerous, chemicals. 

Age and Gray Hair:

Our body uses catalase enzymes to decompose the hydrogen peroxide into harmless oxygen and water. The catalase enzymes works at an optimum temperature of 37°C, which is approximately the temperature of the human body As we grow older, our body produces less catalase enzymes as a result hydrogen peroxide  causes more damages to the hair follicles. 

Scientific Research on Gray Hair:

According to recent scientific studies (1, 2), low levels of catalase enzime is one of the key cause for greying human hair. Hydrogen peroxide is naturally produced by the body and catalase breaks it down. If catalase levels decline, hydrogen peroxide cannot be broken down as well. This allows the hydrogen peroxide to bleach the hair from the inside out. 

Foods for Stopping Gray Hairs:

Carrots, potatoes, sunflower seeds and sprouted wheat are the rich natural source of catalase enzyme. These catalase enzymes are also dependent on minerals like copper and zinc for their operation. The  fungus Aspergillus niger is also one of the important source of catalase enzymes.

Yoga Exercises for Stopping Gray Hairs:

There are many good yoga exercises, yoga pranayams, and yoga foods that can improve your hair vitality.  In the book "Yoga for Hair Growth", I discussed about them in details. Hair graying home remedies includes yoga exercises, use of natural hair products and natural foods with vitamins, minerals and fibers. The yoga foods and yoga exercises are the easiest way for hair graying prevention.


1. Why Hair Turns Gray Is No Longer A Gray Area: Our Hair Bleaches Itself As We Grow Older,
3. Kristin Russel, Yoga for Hair Growth. 

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