It’s an age-old question, how do I keep from going grey? While there is no way to prevent our hair from turning grey, the good news is – there are ways we might push back the clock – at least on greying prematurely.
Let’s look at some common questions about greying; then we can tackle strategies for holding onto our natural color as long as possible.
When Will my Hair Turn Grey?
The age at which our hair begins to turn grey is determined by genetics – some people will see their first grey hairs in their late teens and early 20s, and others hold onto their natural color well into their 40s. Most of us will follow a timeline much like our parents’, and we will see our own greys at about the same age.
Why Does Hair Turn Grey?
The root of each strand of hair grows from a follicle that contains pigment cells, which produce melanin. Melanin is the substance responsible for determining the color of our skin, eyes and hair. As we age, the pigment cells gradually become less active and die. When our strands of hair lack the color produced by melanin, the result is new strands of white, silver or grey.
A little About Vitamin B
The group of B vitamins includes B1, B2, B3 as well as B5, B6, B7 and B9; and we can’t forget B12. As a group, they are referred to as the B-complex vitamins. There are many health benefits related to a sufficient daily intake of Vitamin B in its various forms and shiny healthy hair is one of them!
Will Vitamin B Keep Hair From Turning Grey?
It’s widely known that Vitamin B6 and B12 are important to the health of our skin, scalp, nails and hair, but usually it’s when we are deficient in Vitamin B that we start to see negative effects – not only to hair but also to overall health. A deficiency of Vitamin B6 for example, could contribute to the skin condition known as dermatitis, which in turn may cause hair to thin and grow more slowly. It is a deficiency in Vitamin B12 that’s linked to slowing of hair growth as well as hair loss and early signs of grey.
If you are considering taking a Vitamin B-complex supplement, consult with your Doctor. Blood tests will help to determine if there are underlying factors preventing your body from absorbing Vitamin B, which may result in skin and hair problems.
Will Eating Healthy Keep Hair From Turning Grey?
While we are not able to prevent it, we may be able to delay the process by following a healthy lifestyle including balanced diet and daily exercise. Try to reduce negative stress to your body and quit smoking.
Foods rich in protein and B-complex vitamins include leafy greens, liver, enriched wholegrain cereals and breads, wheat bread, bananas, peanuts, watermelon, grapefruit, mushrooms, eggs, milk and lean red meat. Don’t forget about fish – salmon, herring, trout, and sardines are all high in omega 3s which the body does not produce on its own but derives from food. If you are not fond of seafood, walnuts, pumpkin seeds and avocados are also rich in omega 3s.
With all of the research into Vitamins and their effect on hair, the bottom line is this: while living an active lifestyle, and eating a healthy balanced diet may not prevent our hair from turning grey, all of these things will go a long way toward shinier, stronger and healthier hair!
Author Bio: Alice Lucette is a blogger from Canada and is a writer for SeniorsZen.com.