Ingredients in Supplements to Reverse Gray Hair

Let’s face it – we all can’t age as well as George Clooney! DR Vitamin Solutions has this expert recommendation to provide you with the tools  to turn back the clock.

Hydrogen Peroxide: The Surprise Culprit

Hair is naturally colored by oil cells next to the hair follicle [12]. The University of Berkeley published a study demonstrating how hydrogen peroxide gradually washes out the oil cells next to the hair follicle. The absence of these oil cells reduces melanin, the body’s natural pigment that gives eyes, skin, and hair their color. [9].

Science lists several additional factors causing gray hair. These outside factors encompass lifestyle and dietary regimens from high stress levels to build-ups of bacteria sourced from unhealthy diets. These diets consist of refined sugars, processed food, beached white flours, and/or consistent smoking habits [12]. There was never a better time to find an alternative to Wonder Bread.

Reversal: The Two Approaches

Let’s discuss how to reverse graying. Within mainstream thinking, there are two schools of thought:

  1. Chemical-Coloring- Most people rely on hair dyes to restore natural hues to graying hair. Hair dyes contain harmful chemicals that may cause allergic reactions and other health problems.
  2. Curing Gray Hair Natually-  Supplements provide safe and effective results without exposure to harmful substances. These supplements contain specific ingredients that prevent hair from turning gray.

Hair Dyes are not a long-term solution. Understanding the history of the health movement will put natural alternatives into better perspective.

DR Vitamin’s “A History in Health”

Did you know the “Anti-Aging Movement” began nearly 100 years ago? Dr. Elie Metchnikoff, the “Father of Immunity,” was a Russian-born biologist who developed a theory that fermented foods, naturally containing probiotics, will reverse the aging process [1].

Closely monitoring his personal diet largely consisting of fermented foods, Metchnikoff outlived the established norm of his day. Where most males were lucky to reach the age of 40, Metchnikoff lived to 71. Some of the benefits of a diet consisting of Probiotics include:

  • Maximum “Full Throttle” Energy
  • Increased Flexibility
  • Hair Does Not Turn Gray
  • Slowed Aging Process
  • Healthier Gut
  • Thicker, Healthier Hair
  • Younger Appearance

Supplements Vs. Salon

Completely opposite to Metchnikoff’s position, the mainstream alternative to gray hair is using hair dye and chemicals. The three main types of chemical coloring have a laundry list of unpronounceable chemicals. These chemicals are possible causes of for bladder, breast and lymphoma cancers. [3]. The three categories  of hair dyes include:

  1. Temporary Dyes- Temporary Dyes are a surface level treatment which do not penetrate the inner follicle of the hair shaft. These dyes are designed to be completely washed-out between one to three washes. Science has not attached inherent danger in relation to these dyes, they are relatively safe.
  2. Semi-Permanent Dyes- Semi-Permanent dyes span five to ten washes without altering the chemical make-up of the hair follicle. The level of danger increases with these dyes as more chemicals are introduced to promote the longevity of the coloring.
  3. Permanent Hair Dyes- CHEMICALS GALORE! Permanent Hair Dyes are commonly known as “Coal Tar Dyes.” These dyes are made from petroleum distillates mixed with hydrogen peroxide to create a chemical reaction. Question. If Hydrogen Peroxide washing-out the oil cells is a cause of graying, how could more Hydrogen Peroxide solve this problem?

Science cannot prove or disprove whether Semi-Permanent and Permanent Hair Dyes are a cause of cancer. [3]. The American Cancer Society cites the International Agency for Research on Cancer (IARC) “a conclusion has been reached that workplace exposure as a hairdresser or barber is probably carcinogenic to humans.” The National Toxicology Program (NTP) does not affirm that hair dyes lead to cancer. The NTP has classified certain chemicals used in hair dyes as “reasonably anticipated to be human carcinogens.”

Recap of the Graying Process

The process: Let’s take a look at how we get gray hair in the first place. Hair color is produced by tiny hair pigment cells within our hair follicles called melanocytes. As we age the melanocyte’s activity gradually declines until they stop making pigment. New hairs grow in without pigment, resulting in gray hair. This is due to the wear and tear on hair follicles which causes a buildup of hydrogen peroxide. This will block the normal synthesis of melanin, your hair’s natural pigment. All hair cells make a tiny bit of hydrogen peroxide, but as you age the amount increases. Essentially, you bleach your hair pigment from within, and your hair turns gray and then white.

The problem: Most people do not like gray hair. It is about as well liked as a tooth ache, throbbing headache or upset stomach. The perception is that it makes us look old and that is not entirely the case. If we eat right, exercise and take quality supplements we can maintain a healthy looking appearance.

The potential: According to recent scientific studies, low levels of Catalase in your body can turn your hair gray. Getting a supplement with catalase can be helpful. Though it is not 100% guaranteed, it has helped many people. If a person does not have any absorption issues the chances are even better it can be of help to you. Also, a vitamin B-12 deficiency or problems with your pituitary or thyroid gland can cause premature graying that is reversible if the problem is corrected.

The Top 6 Supplements To Naturally Restore Hair Color

Supplements and a holistic diet will not fight your genetics, but can certainly help fight graying hair. Below is DR Vitamin’s 6 Step Recommendation to reverse gray hair with a natural and safe approach.

1. Catalase

One of the most important ingredients found in the best gray hair supplements is catalase. Recent scientific studies have shown that having low levels of catalase in the body can cause hair to turn gray [4]. Hydrogen peroxide cannot be processed when catalase levels are low. The excess hydrogen peroxide bleaches the hair from the inside out, causing it to turn white or gray.

2. Argan Oil

Endorsed by Dr. Oz, Argan oil restores the natural texture of hair [5]. Argan oil is rich in fatty acids, proven to turn back the clock on the appearance of aging. As hydrogen peroxide erodes the essential oils and nutrients moisturizing the scalp, gray hairs will ensue. Additional nutrients proven to be essential in replenishing the scalp with essential oils include Omega 3 Fatty Acids and Vitamin E.

To apply Argan oil, simply rinse your hair with a deep cleaning natural shampoo containing Biotin, Coconut Oil and Keratin. Apply a liberal amount of Argan Oil while the hair is damp and allow the oil to sit for a few minutes. Allowing the oil to sit for a few minutes allows the Omega 3 Fatty Acids and Biotin to work together in replenishing your scalp hair with the critical nutrients and essential oils it needs to grow your natural hair color.

3. Vitamin B

Vitamin B is your trusty sidekick in your battle to regain the natural color of your hair. Because stress is a leading factor in acquiring gray hair, Vitamin B5 works with Pantothenic Acid to boost your adrenal gland to produce hormones to combat your body’s stress levels. Consuming foods rich in Vitamin B5 is an alternative method to give your adrenal gland the boost it needs to fight stress, these foods include: eggs, avocados, sweet potato, beef, oily fishes such as tuna and salmon, and sunflower seeds. Vitamin B6, also known as Pyridoxine, strengthens your body’s ability to properly metabolize protein.

4. Minerals

Our bodies need minerals like a fire needs fuel, providing your body with Mega Multivitamins and Minerals is the fuel it needs to combat premature aging, dry skin, gray hair and constipation. We recommend designing a diet rich in minerals and fermented foods to assist in nourishing and detoxifying your system from free radical toxins and external signs of aging.

5. Pantothenic Acid

Pantothenic acid plays a role in the development of hair color. Adding pantothenic acid to the diet in the form of a supplement may reverse graying and/or prevent healthy hair from turning gray.

6. Biotin

Biotin improves the integrity of the keratin infrastructure that composes hair and nails.

The Importance of Catalase

Introduction to Catalase, Gray Hair and Premature Graying

Hair color is produced by tiny hair pigment cells within our hair follicles called melanocytes. As we age, the activity of these melanocytes gradually declines until they stop making pigment. New hairs grown in without pigment, resulting in gray hair.

Free Radicals

Free radicals which can cause oxidative stress plays a big role in the aging process. “Reactive oxygen species or free radicals are highly reactive molecules that can directly damage cellular structural membranes, lipids, proteins, and DNA.” (1) This process is more of a problem as we age. “With age, the production of free radicals increases, while the endogenous defense mechanisms decrease. This imbalance leads to the progressive damage of cellular structures, presumably resulting in the ageing phenotype.” (1) The best way to protect against oxidative stress is the glutathione.

Horrified young man looking in the mirror at the first grey hair on his scalpPremature Graying

Sometimes people will experience premature gray hair in their younger years. “Premature canities (grayness or whiteness of hair) may occur alone as an autosomal dominant condition or in association with various autoimmune or premature aging syndromes.” (2)

Catalase is Important

Catalase can be very helpful with gray hair and it is the key ingredient in the Gray Hair Rescind from Life Vitality. Eating foods rich in catalase can be helpful. “By eating foods high in catalase such as garlic, onions, cauliflower, potatoes, broccoli, kale and cabbage, we introduce this gray hair-fighting enzyme back into our bodies, resulting in the gradual return of our youthful hair pigmentation through a safe, all-natural process.” (3) The highest dose of catalase in Rejuvelon suppositories is a powerful solution.  Suppositories give the best absorption you can get in supplement form.  If you want to deal naturally with trying to get rid of your gray hair then you should seriously consider using catalase.

It is important to take care of your body. A good diet, exercise and good supplements are all important. It is also important to avoid harmful lifestyle choices like smoking. I would stay away from most hair dyes as they have some very harmful chemicals which is far worse than having gray hair.  You always want to take positive steps to have good overall health.

An unfortunate part of the aging process for millions of people involves not only losing their hair color to a boring gray shade, but also losing their hair all together. Many products and peculiar natural remedies have popped up as a result, promising a natural alternative that actually works. These include claims like mixing onion juice and lemon juice and rubbing it on your head daily to combat gray hair. We owe it to ourselves to pursue remedies that not only work, but also don’t leave your head smelling funny for several hours after you finish. Fortunately there are supplements that offer relief for both men and women who are looking to combat gray hair and hair loss.

Go Away Gray! – Combat Your Hair Loss and Keep the Color

Scientific studies have shown that low levels of Catalase in the body can turn hair gray, since the hydrogen peroxide isn’t being broken down and this, in turn, essentially bleaches the hair from the inside out. This leads to your hair changing colors and you likely screaming “GO AWAY GRAY!” The good news is Life Vitality’s Gray Hair Rescind uses Catalase along with other natural ingredients to provide not only gray hair relief, but also promotes your natural hair color as well as a thicker, healthier scalp.

If losing your hair is another problem, we recommend combating this one at its core, which is the shrinking of hair follicles as you age. This is a result of not only age, genetic disposition, and high concentration of DHT, but also sebum build-up. Life Extension’s Super-Absorbable Tocotrienols is a natural supplement that combats these weakening agents and promotes your hair growth, health, and density, which was evidenced in a study of 30 volunteers who were given tocotrienol supplements for eight months and nearly all of them showed a significant improvement in thickness and density.

Hopefully you aren’t faced with either of these problems, but if you are, we hope you’ve found this blog helpful and you can successfully eliminate the gray in your hair, as well as combat the hair loss that you’ve been the unfortunate victim of. As always, if you have any specific questions or concerns, we at DR Vitamin Solutions would be happy to help! We have attached four habits you should follow to promote healthy hair.

Four Habits To Follow

Designing a diet rich in minerals and whole foods is the safest alternative to reversing the external signs of aging. We have included four simple guidelines to help you design a diet which will fuel your body to detoxify and thrive.

1. Avoid Refined Sugar

Hydrogen Peroxide levels needs to be decreased in order to reverse graying. When our system is overrun by refined sugars, systematic infections are prone to occur from candida overgrowth in the gut. Bacterial overgrowth comprises the immume system [6]. Optimizing your system with a natural antibacterial defense such as Oregano Leaf is an effective channel to reduce stress on the thyroid in harmony with a reduction in refined sugar.

2. Sleep, The Fountain of Youth?

Sleep is king! The Mayo Clinic suggests 7 to 8 hours of sleep for adults and a minimum of 10 hours of sleep for school aged children [7]. The Stanford Center for Longevity published a study in 2017 recommending adults to refrain from all forms of stimulation two hours before sleep [8]. Training yourself to resist the phone or computer for two hours will prove to be difficult.

3. Ban Processed Foods From Your Diet

Artificial colors and sweeteners do not benefit your health. Soft drinks and processed foods containing Monosodium Glutamate (think chips, sausages, and soups) do not reverse gray because of low nutrient density [10]. Fermented foods are a proven solution to reverse graying. Incorporating foods such as Kefir, Kombucha, Sauerkraut, Pickles, Miso, Tempeh, Natto, Kimchi, Raw Cheese, and Yogurt are examples that will fill your gut with good bugs [11].

4. Think Twice About Smoking

A study in 2013 showed a significant correlation between smoking and gray hair before the age of 30. As if cigarettes weren’t bad enough already, now they’ll contribute to your gray hair, too!


 

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P.S.- At the end of the day, we are health-nerds here at DR Vitamin Solutions. We recommend you discover our Gray Hair Rescind as your all-in-one supplement to strengthen your digestive system with the power of Catalase! Or browse the DR Vitamin Probiotics Store for all your good-bug needs.

 

 

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