Let’s start by saying gray hair is not all that bad. In fact, it’s in vogue right now. I mean, who doesn’t like silver-hued hair? Of course, not everyone agrees, as gray hair is a sign of age, and it can make you look older than you really are.
Either way, there’s almost nothing you can do to prevent gray hair or postpone it. You can dye it, of course, but there might be another alternative. A recent study said we might be able to reverse gray hair, and although more research is needed, the results so far are encouraging!
Catalase is a unique enzyme that breaks down hydrogen peroxide in your body, and it seems the natural compound can reduce and even reverse red hair. So, how do you get your hands on catalase? There are a few supplements in the market, but many foods are high on the stuff as well, including onions, avocados, potatoes and sweet potatoes. Catalase might or might not work for you, but it’s worth a try!
Studies have shown that a healthy gut can lead to healthy hair and could slow down gray hair. It turns out consuming probiotics will help your body absorb nutrients better, and many of those nutrients play a role in your hair health.
As we age, our digestive systems absorb nutrients less efficiently, which could even lead to leaky gut or intestinal permeability. Is that why our hair turns gray? We still don’t know.
What we do know is that consuming probiotic-rich foods might help with gray hair. Yogurt, kimchi, miso, tempeh, cheese and sauerkraut are good sources of all-natural probiotics.
Some herbs used in ancient traditional medicine might be the answer to counter gray hair. Of course, the bad news is that science does not back most medicinal herbs (yet). You can still try them though, they’re famous for a reason, right?
A Chinese herb not dissimilar buckwheat, called he shou wu or fo-ti root, might reverse gray hair, as proven on a lab test in 2015. The herb is also an anti-inflammatory and a cardiotonic, so it’s worth a try.
All food has some minerals, especially veggies, but some minerals might effectively reverse gray hair. Humic minerals, sometimes found as humic acid, are natural compounds produced by decaying plants.
The extract is obtained from dead plants, and it seems to be good for your gut bacteria — therefore, it might reverse gray hair just like consuming probiotics.
The thing with humic acid is that people attribute the substance properties like killing cancer cells and detoxing your body from heavy metals. And although humic acid is harmless, there’s no scientific proof it does anything in your system. At least now you know!
Coconut oil is a healthy cooking oil alternative, and you can also apply it to your skin and hair for a glossy, moist feel. And yes, applying coconut oil might reverse gray hair.
Capric and caprylic acids, naturally found in coconut oil, are great antioxidants, and they might have the ability to penetrate the hair shaft, which might lead to reversing gray hair.
If it doesn’t work for you, at least your hair will look awesome. Leave the coconut oil for at least have an hour in contact with your scalp and then rinse it off.
Gray Hair Isn’t That Bad!
Okay, sadly, we still don’t have all the answers regarding gray hair and how to prevent it, stop it or even reverse it, but as you see, people are making progress on the matter.
There’s a chance one, or several of the treatments above, might reverse your gray hair, but don’t be discouraged if they don’t. After all, we’re all having gray hair at some point, so don’t feel bad about yours; you look great!