My mother and father are over 60 years old and only have a few white hairs each. I'm a little over 40 and my hair is already quite gray. I've read that graying hair is genetic. In my case, this is clearly not the case. Is it possible that my early graying is due to some disease or lack of important vitamins and trace elements?
Veneta Stancheva, Pazardzhik
To prevent premature graying of hair, you should eat food rich in trace elements and rub onion and rose hip juice into the scalp.
In order to be he althy, a person needs to take food every day containing about 600 nutrients, without which normal metabolism is impossible. Most of us don't even get a fifth of these elements. The problem can be solved only if you make your food varied. The fact that the body lacks some vitamins and trace elements is shown, for example, by the early graying of the hair. By the way, heredity plays a much smaller role in the appearance of the first white hairs than the dietary habits of the family.
The color of the hair depends on the pigment contained in it - melanin. With age, the body synthesizes it less and less, but this process can be slowed down if you regularly compensate for the lack of such substances, such as: the amino acids tyrosine (contained in abundance in milk and dairy products, bananas, almonds, sesame), vitamins from group B (B11, B12, B6), some trace elements (copper, zinc, chromium, selenium, etc.), as well as iodine, which you can get from seafood.
Many of these substances are removed from the body with excessive consumption of coffee and tea, long-term use of antihypertensive and diuretic drugs. And with age, the assimilation of some trace elements decreases.
Those who are deficient in trace elements such as zinc, copper, cob alt and manganese turn white prematurely.
How to restock?
• Copper is found in beef, poultry, fish, seafood, whole grain bread, rose hips, currants, pumpkin and legumes.
• Zinc can be obtained by consuming sprouted wheat grains, pumpkin and sunflower seeds, fish liver, egg yolks, yeast.
• More manganese is found in cranberries, oats, soybeans and wheat bread.
• There is a lot of cob alt in cocoa, butter, dairy products, eggs, beets.
Natural hair dyes
• Rosehip decoction is recommended to be taken orally as well as rubbed into the roots of the hair.
• Mashed onions are mixed with castor oil and applied to the scalp, then wrap the hair with a warm towel. Wash off the mask after an hour.
• It is useful to rub nettle decoction into the hair roots before going to bed (50 grams of dry leaves per cup of boiling water).