In the RIGHT corner, weighing in with research and anecdotal knowledge in addition to 35to65.com’s insatiable curiosity and stubbornness is the Challenger– DARREN “ETERNAL YOUTH” 35to65.
In the WRONG corner, weighing in at the intersection of lowered Catalase and too much Hydrogen Peroxide, with a record partially resulting from a moderate to severe lengthy deficiency of Vitamins and Minerals is the reigning and undefeated Champion, The Monster of Melanin– GREY “GRAMPS” HAIR.
In Darren’s Corner:
After much reading, receding, research, and brain picking, I believe Greying Hair is most likely a result of deficiencies or inbalances of one or more of the following things:
GREY = NOT ENOUGH….
A) MICRO-NUTRIENTS (Vitamins, Minerals, Essential Fatty Acids, Amino Acids, Enzymes, Probiotics)
(Note: Macro-Nutrients, by contrast refer to Proteins, Fats, or Carbohydrates, and in some recent research Ketones (more on Ketones, Ketogenic Diets, and the remarkable benefits of staying in Ketosis in an upcoming blogpost)).
See below for food sources of the following list:
-B12 (see The ABC’s of B12 and Methylation)
GREY = TOO MUCH….
B) HYDROGEN PEROXIDE (H2O2)
H2O2 produced in the cells is thought to bleach hair follicles when an enzyme called Catalase begins to run out. Catalase plays a role in neutralizing H2O2 but declines rapidly with age (and likely environmental stress, etc).
Darren’s Keys to the Match: 4 Key Ingredients to Reversing Grey Hair
L-Tyrosine is an Amino Acid that is the precursor to the pigment Melanin. Higher levels of Hydrogen Peroxide (H2O2) that occur as a result of lower levels of Catalase result in lower levels of L-Tyrosine as well as inhibiting one’s ability to produce Melanin. Increasing L-Tyrosine has been shown to increase the reactivity of Catalase, leading to increased neutralization of the bleaching power of H2O2.
The Goods on L-Tyrosine and other Amino Acids
Amino Acids form the building blocks of the Macro-Nutrient Protein and play a crucial role in your health and energy. Your body uses L-Tyrosine to produce Epinephrine, Norepinephrine, and Dopamine, brain chemicals that influence mood. Your body is able to manufacture L-Tyrosine from the Amino Acid Phenylalanine but L-Tyrosine consumption is still highly recommended. Stress and other chronic situations can greatly diminish L-Tyrosine levels so adding this powerhouse Amino Acid to your Dietary Arsenal is a prudent move.
L-Tyrosine may be the key weapon in the battle to reverse grey hair. An accidental finding in imatinib receivers proved this. Imatinib is an anticancer drug, working through tyrosine kinase inhibiting. They noticed that a few patients on this drug regained their hair color after 6-7 months. Some of these patients were over 60! So it’s possible increasing tyrosine itself may also have a similar effect.
Extremely low levels of L-Tyrosine are thought to cause or contribute to muscle weakness and muscle loss, mood disorders, low Protein levels, and liver damage, hypothyroidism, and depression.
A combined dietary intake of Phenylalanine and L-Tyrosine should be 25 mg per kg of body weight for an adult.
Copper helps to produce Melanin (see note below).
3) PABA (Para-AminoBenzoic Acid)
PABA is known as the Hair Color Vitamin or Vitamin Bx. It is a crystalline para form of aminobenzoic acid that is part of of the Vitamin B Complex and is required by many organisms (including humans) for the formation of folic acids/folate. It has been used to treat Vitiligo, a condition where patches of skin lose their color.
Catalase breaks down the hydrogen peroxide that causes grey hair. By eating foods high in catalase such as cruciferous vegetables like cauliflower, bok choy, cabbage, et al, we can introduce this grey hair-fighting enzyme back into our bodies, resulting in the gradual return of our youthful hair pigmentation through a safe, all-natural process. Some people put onion juice which contains catalase on their scalp so that it is absorbed into their skin. Molasses also has shown some results as it contains both PABA and copper in it.
Note: Melanin is the black or dark pigment found in the skin, eyes, and hair of man and animals and is said to account for the color of those body elements.
Father & Son’s 2 Secret Weapons To Fight Grey Hair
1) Virgin Coconut Oil
2) Castor Oil
A Table Spoon of Virgin Coconut Oil a day + A Dab of Castor Oil on two lymph nodes a day.
A Father and his 27 year old son apparently used this Secret Duo (plus Oil Pulling–see post coming soon on Natural Teeth Health) to reverse their greying hair.
“I completely overhauled my diet a year ago. I eliminated all grain, eat only veggies, fruits, nuts, chicken, sardines, salmon, occasional beef and pork and only use coconut oil or olive oil. I have dropped 40 pounds, going from 180 to 140 with no increase in regular activities. I’m 54 and have seen about a 50% reduction in grey hair. I also use coconut oil to oil pull from my mouth before brushing my teeth with baking soda and hydrogen peroxide. I drink a couple tablespoons 3 times a day of what I call my magic tonic, which consists of 1 cup filtered water, 1/2 cup of local raw honey, 1/2 cup of ACV raw with mother, 1/2 tsp. of ginger and cayenne powder between meals.”
A) MicroNutrients: Food Sources:
B Vitamins including
-B12 (see The ABC’s of B12 and Methylation)
Spirulina (and other Algaes and Seaweeds), Clam, Sardines, Lamb, Fish, Beef (Red Meat), Fish eggs, Veal, Beef Liver, Goose Liver, Duck, Octopus, Turkey, Pork, Chicken Liver, Clam Chowder, Crab, Cheese, Milk, Eggs.
Folate (Not Folic Acid)
Folate is another B-Vitamin. Vitamin B9? If the word folate sounds like foliage to you, this is not an accident. The words share a common root (the Latin word folium, meaning “leaf”), which helps remind us that green plant foods can be among the richest sources of folate.
Lentils, Asparagus, Spinach, Turnip Greens, Broccoli, Beets, Romaine Lettuce, Bok Choy, Cauliflower, Parsley, Beans, Papaya, Brussels Sprouts, Green Peas, Bell Peppers, Celery, Cabbage, Squash, Strawberries, Tomatoes, Leeks, Fennel.
Cod Liver Oil, Fish, Oysters, Sardines, Milk, Shrimp, Mushrooms, Tofu, Caviar, Pork.
Sesame Seeds, Cashews, Soybeans, Mushrooms, Beets, Turnips, Spinach, Asparagus, Swiss Chard, Kale, Mustard Greens, Squash, Sunflower Seeds, Tempeh, Beans, Lentils, Walnuts, Pumpkin Seeds, Tofu, Peanuts, Olives, Sweet Potato, Shrimp, Green Peas, Almonds, Grapes, Pineapples, Flax Seeds, Brussels Sprouts, Tomatoes, Broccoli, Kiwi, Basil, Cabbage, Sea Vegetables, Black Pepper, Miso, Eggplant, Fennel, Leeks, Parsley, Chili Peppers, Garlic, Romaine Lettuce, Goat Cheese, Avocadoes.
Beef (Red Meat), Chicken, Beans, Spinach, Asparagus, Oysters, Mushrooms, Pumpkin Seeds, Cacao (Dark Chocolate).
Spirulina (and other Algaes and Seaweeds) , Soy Protein Isolate, Egg Whites, Cottage Cheese,Chum Salmon, Shrimp, Turkey, Buffalo, Pork, Mustard Greens, Elk, Roe (Fish Eggs), Cheese, Chicken, Quail, Cod, Tuna, Sesame Seeds, Spinach, Kidney Beans, Avocados, Almonds, Peanuts, Bananas. (Raw forms are highest).
-5HTP (precursor to Serotonin and Tryptophan)
High SPF (Serotonine Production Factor) foods:
dried date, -fig, papaya, banana, strawberries, sweet cherries, orange, mango, pineapple, grapefruit and hazelnuts.
High in Tryptophan
turkey, chicken, walnuts, cashew, pistachios, almonds, and hazelnuts, seeds like sesame, sunflower, and pumpkin, spinach, mushrooms, turnips, asparagus, kidney beans, soybeans, cauliflower, parsley, broccoli, Brussels sprouts, kale, okra, squash, peppers, eggs.
Like the feeling after a cup of ceremonial Matcha tea, I’m buzzing and focused I can’t wait for the fight to begin…
Next Up… Round 1: “En Garde!”