Many people believe that grey hair is the sign of wisdom and age, although that may be true to some extent, your diet, lack of important vitamins and minerals and  your ability to absorb nutrients is more likely the cause. Here is some helpful information to help you understand what may be causing your grey hair and what you can do to prevent it.

What Causes Grey Hair?

The color of your hair is determined by a protein called melanin. There are two kinds of melanin: melanin colors your hair brown to black, and pheomelanin turns it yellow-blond to red. The levels of each of these two kinds of melanin will determine the color and shade of your hair.

A recent study found that the increased production and build up of hydrogen peroxide in your hair follicles as you age blocks this natural synthesis of melanin, and hence you start going gray.

Hydrogen peroxide is naturally produced in our bodies as a by-product of regular metabolism. It is also formed as a result of exposure to X-rays, second-hand smoke, stress, and pollution.

Proper nutrition and healthy absorption of vitamins and minerals has the ability to slow down the production of hydrogen peroxide in the body, thus slowing down the greying process. But before you increase the minerals in your diet its important to make sure you are properly absorbing them. Gut micro-biome/healthy bacteria, plays a huge role in the absorption of nutrients.

 “Gluten and Candida usually go hand in hand in breaking down the biofilm that lines the gut. Candida actually can drill holes right through the healthy tissue. The result? Proteins and other substances leak into the bloodstream without going through the proper digestive processes. This infiltration leads to allergies, autoimmune diseases, and other disease. And as the gut breaks down, our ability to absorb nutrients is lost.”

As well as the quality and bio-availability of the vitamins and minerals you may be taking. Most supplements and minerals are synthetic and easily pass through your system without being utilized. Enzymes and minerals from plant sources are the best.

Here are the top nutrients to consider once you’ve improved your gut to treat and prevent those silver strands:


Folic acid promotes healthy hair, skin and nails due to its role in synthesis of protein and cell growth, and lack of folic acid can lead to premature grey hair.

High folic acid foods that may help in preventing grey hair or reverse grey hair causes include · organ meat like animal liver or kidney · legumes (peas and dried beans such as adzuki beans, black beans, cranberry beans, chickpeas or garbanzo beans, dal, kidney beans, lentils, mung beans, navy beans, pinto beans) · dark-green leafy vegetables including asparagus, beets, broccoli, collard greens, cauliflower, mustard greens, parsley, romaine lettuce, spinach, turnip greens.


Deficiency of PABA may be what causes grey hair in certain cases. PABA helps in the utilization of pantothenic acid and is important for healthy hair pigment. A lack of PABA is one of the possible causes of grey hair.

PABA-rich foods that may help reverse grey hair or stop grey hair causes include · brewer’s yeast · molasses · organ meats like animal liver and kidney · wheat germ.


Copper deficiency may possibly be what causes grey hair in some cases. Copper is needed for production of melanin, the pigment that gives skin and hair its color. A lack of copper can result in
loss of skin or hair color, leading to premature grey hair.

Copper-rich foods that may help in preventing grey hair, and reverse grey hair causes include · cashew nuts · dried beans like soybeans, adzuki beans, garbanzo beans (chickpeas), lentils, lima, navy beans · dried spirulina · crimini mushrooms · shiitake mushrooms · sesame seeds.


Manganese deficiency may also be one of the causes of grey hair, due to its importance in enzyme activation. Lack of manganese can adversely affect many bio-chemical processes in the body and lead to loss of hair colour and premature gray hair.

Foods rich in manganese that may help in preventing grey hair or to stop grey hair formation include · dark green leafy vegetables (broccoli, chard, collard greens, kale, mustard greens, romaine lettuce, spinach) ·avocados · pineapple · raspberries · nuts (almonds, peanuts, pecans, walnuts).


“-Researchers have since found that prematurely gray hair may indeed be caused by a Vitamin B deficiency, specifically that of Vitamin B12. A patient with prematurely gray hair, and a Vitamin B12 deficiency due to pernicious anemia found the return of original hair color following Cobalamin (B12) injections”

Vitamin B12 is found in high quantities in liver and other organ meats and shellfish, especially clams. It can also be found in varying amounts in all red meats, poultry, eggs, milk and dairy products. Some foods, such as cereals and grain products, are fortified with vitamin B-12. However, in general, your body absorbs vitamin B-12 from animal sources much better than from plant-based foods. If you choose to take a vitamin B-12 supplement, your body absorbs it better when it is taken along with other B vitamins, such as niacin, vitamin B-6 and riboflavin.

Sometimes Premature Grey Hair is a result of underlying bigger health issues:

  • Celiac disease. (Within weeks, a gluten-free diet may result in hair darkening years after going gray.)
  • Endocrine imbalance. (Balancing hormones may result in hair darkening within months.)
  • Pernicious anemia.

Overall, it is important to recognize grey hair as not just as a sign of getting older, but as a indicator of your body’s overall health. Before you blame your grey on aging, ask yourself if there’s something that needs to be improved in your diet or lifestyle.

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