There’s a popular belief that it’s not only impossible to reverse grey hair, it’s pretty difficult to prevent hair from turning white; however, recent studies have shown than an enzyme called “catalase,” found naturally in the body can prevent greying of hair and restore hair’s original color as well! Talking about the root cause of hair turning grey – it’s caused by accumulation of large amounts of hydrogen peroxide in the hair follicles. This buildup of hydrogen peroxide in hair follicles blocks the synthesis of melanin (the pigment that imparts hair its color). However, the effect of hydrogen peroxide can be neutralized by the enzyme catalase which breaks down hydrogen peroxide into water and oxygen molecules. When we are young, the enzyme called catalase is found at optimum level and expedites the breakdown of hydrogen peroxide into water and oxygen, but as we age, the decline in catalase enzyme production leads to buildup of hydrogen peroxide in hair follicles, causing them to turn white. Certain nutritional deficiencies, pollution, smoking, chronic stress, free radicals, hair dye, etc., can cause premature greying of hair and optimum level of catalase can counter all these causes. The good news is that many food sources contain catalase naturally and including them in your diet can prevent or reverse aging effects such as grey hair.
How Catalase Enzyme Helps To Reverse Grey Hair?
As we have mentioned before, catalase is an enzyme with strong antioxidant properties, and has effects similar to glutathione and superoxide dismutase antioxidant enzymes which help reduce body’s oxidative stress. Catalase enzyme breaks down hydrogen peroxide into hydrogen and water molecules and also fights free radicals. When biological processes take place inside the body, free radicals are produced as byproducts, that when not neutralized can damage cells – a big reason behind ageing. With age, catalase production declines, causing buildup of free radicals in the body, leading to age-related issues, and greying of hair is just one of them. Luckily for us, certain foods come packed with catalase/stimulate the production of the enzyme in the body, and taking them on a regular basis will slow down and reverse grey hair. So, what are these foods? Here’s the complete list:
22. Red bell peppers.
24. Wheat sprouts
26. Sunflower seeds
32. Sweet Potatoes
Include these foods in your daily diet and say bye-bye to grey hair!