Reversing white or grey hair is possible. Here are a few cases where some individuals have managed to get their grey hair turned back to the natural hair color. People who underwent immunotherapy, started a new exercise routine or have consumed a certain food, nutrients/ vitamins consistently, miraculously experienced repigmentation of their grey hair.
It happened to a selected group of people and that’s good news. Keep an open mind.
Many of the success stories in reversing grey hair have something to do with taking supplements or food with:
- Iron and B12 which are crucial in the production of red blood cells and circulation
- Antioxidant enzymes – glutathioneperoxidase, catalase, and superoxide dismutase (SOD), metabolize oxidative toxic intermediates. These enzymes also require co-factors such as selenium, iron, copper, zinc, and manganese for optimum catalytic activity (news-medical.net).
- Anti-inflammatory properties
Similarly in Traditional Chinese Medicine, the vitality of hair is reliant on the vital energy (“qi”) of the kidneys and blood circulation. He Shou Wu, a Chinese herbal medicine which is commonly used for restoring dark hair, has been shown to have anti-inflammatory effects.
Exercise like Yoga and Qigong are very effective in releasing stress, which is one of the reasons hair turns grey.
A 75-year-old African-American woman with a 30-year history of uniformly grey-white hair, treated with Adalimumab, a tumor necrosis factor (TNF) inhibitor for inflammatory disorders, reported the return of her natural, brown-black hair color after two-and-a-half months of treatment (Source). These drugs (cytokine, TNF-α blockers) have to be injected and have enough adverse effects to be given a black label warning by the FDA.
This shows that reversing grey hair is possible but one should not use TNF blocker drug unless it is absolutely necessary.
Curcumin: an orally bioavailable blocker of TNF and other pro-inflammatory biomarkers – Source
These studies suggest that instead of using the TNF inhibitor drugs, an alternative, curcumin (a component of turmeric that is very inexpensive, orally bioavailable and highly safe in humans) can suppress pro-inflammatory pathways linked with most chronic diseases. It can block both the production and the action of TNF. Curcumin also binds to TNF directly. TNF is a substance made by your immune system that causes inflammation.
Curcumin is a component of turmeric. Photo: nutraingredients-asia
Effect of Curcumin on Grey Hair Reduction
A 46 year old male patient was given 400mg (with a formula was claimed by its manufacturer to be able to increase the absorption of curcumin by 7 folds) once every 3.5 days for a month, and the number of grey hair actually decreased. However he experienced some side effects of the drug such as dry mouth and bleeding in the rectum if the dosing frequency was increased to more than once every 3.5 days.
Although Curcumin is usually safe for consumption, do take take note of the dosage and frequency of oral administration as everyone reacts to it differently.
Curcumin is also a very strong antioxidant.
Blackstrap Molasses (BSM)
BSM is a good source of Calcium, Iron, Magnesium, Manganese, Potassium, Vitamin B6
1. BSM, MSM and Fo-Ti
Here’s someone who had her grey hair turned dark again after taking one table spoon of blackstrap molasses every day for one year. It turned her grey hair to copper and then it would turn black. She has been anemic and taking iron pills most of her life. Besides the Wholesome Blackstrap Molasses, she also complemented it with Natural Factors MSM (Methyl-sulfonyl-methane) and NOW (Ho Shou Wu) Fo-Ti (Source).
2. Three Months of BSM
Review: “I’ve been taking 2 tea spoons of blackstrap molasses for 3 months and I can see my greys disappearing! It’s amazing. My roots are a dark golden blonde. There is still grey and at 48 I don’t think for a second I’m going to lose all of my grey. But let me tell you, I’m ecstatic to see half of it gone! I started getting greys in my early 20s. I thought it was genetic. To think it could have been a deficiency ! Ugh. At least I know now. What an easy solution for such a stubborn problem. I don’t like the taste of the blackstrap but I’ve gotten used to it and it’s not that bad. Thank you for this video! What a miracle.” [Source]
2 tea spoon of blackstrap molasses for 3 months – before and after
Cause of Grey Hair
Researchers show that going gray is caused by a massive build up of hydrogen peroxide due to wear and tear of our hair follicles. The peroxide winds up blocking the normal synthesis of melanin, our hair’s natural pigment. All of our hair cells make a bit of hydrogen peroxide which is produced by metabolic reactions, but as we get older it becomes more. Our hair pigment is bleached from within, and our hair turns gray and then white.
They found that the build up of hydrogen peroxide was caused by a reduction of an enzyme that breaks up hydrogen peroxide into water and oxygen (catalase). They also discovered that hair follicles could not repair the damage caused by the hydrogen peroxide because of low levels of enzymes that normally serve this function (MSR A and B). Further complicating matters, the high levels of hydrogen peroxide and low levels of MSR A and B, disrupt the formation of an enzyme (tyrosinase) that leads to the production of melanin in hair follicles. Melanin is the pigment responsible for hair color, skin color, and eye color (sciencedaily)
What Combats Hydrogen Peroxide
- Catalase is an important enzyme in protecting the cell from oxidative damage by reactive oxygen species (ROS also known as free radicals).
- Glutathione which is produced by the liver, is an antioxidant used for tissue repair, immune system function, etc.
Antioxidant enzymes Catalase and Glutathione help the decomposition of hydrogen peroxide to water and oxygen.
How to Increase Catalase
Catalase is an enzyme found predominantly in the liver. This enzyme helps the breakdown of and combats the damage by hydrogen peroxide. Heat produced by cooking inactivates enzymes, so the cooked fruits and vegetables don’t have much active catalase.
Pineapple, cherries, apricots, bananas, watermelon, kiwi, cucumber, avocadoes, red pepper, peaches, sweet potato, mushroom have high levels of catalase when eaten fresh and raw. Processed food usually has much less catalase than fresh food. Apples, pears, zucchini and grapes contain some of the protein, but not as much as other fruit.
While all plant cells contain catalase, some have higher levels of catalase than others. Young, newly sprouting plants such as wheat sprouts, lentils, clover, Brussels sprouts and the sprouts of dark green plants contain much more catalase than older ones. Cruciferous vegetables, including broccoli, cabbage, kale and collard and turnip greens, are rich in catalase. Sunflower seeds, yeast, cheese and dairy products contain some catalase. Supplements can be used, but are not as effective as fresh, whole foods. Taking supplements such as manganese, copper, zinc and selenium helps your body produce more catalase. Sprouts such as wheat and barley grass contain the highest amount of antioxidants including catalase.
Using Catalase to Reverse Grey Hair – Success Story
Food with catalase: Liver, Wheat grass, potatoes, onions and garlic, carrots, cucumbers, brussel sprouts, celery, pineapple, cherries.
Comment: Most of these foods I had started eating every day since December. I was wondering why my hair started darkening from silver towards my previous hair color, brown. I couldn’t explain it to anyone that asked me about my hair. (Source)
Food with the Highest Amount of Antioxidant
- Green mint – 142.6 mmol antioxidants per 3.5 ounces serving
- Walnuts – 21.9 mmol of antioxidants per 3.5 ounces serving
- Blueberries – 9.2 mmol antioxidants per 3.5 ounces serving
- Pomegranate – 9 mmol antioxidants per 3.5 ounces serving
When you are in stress your body releases stress hormone, Adrenaline which increases heart rate to boost energy supply and provide the muscles with oxygen in a fight-or-flight situation. The break-down of this hormone when you are not stressed anymore, causes the buildup of hydrogen peroxide as a by-product.
Research on Human hair greying and reversal in relation to life stress. elifesciences.org
Traditional Chinese Medicine
The growth and vitality of hair is also reliant on the health of the liver, which is responsible for storing nutrients from the blood and for ‘qi’ circulation.
The kidneys, according to TCM, not only rid the body of toxins, but also store essence, or “jing”, which is responsible for maintaining bright, shiny and healthy hair.
Pay attention to health preservation, such as combing your hair frequently, soaking feet in hot water, sleeping before 11pm, having a healthy diet, being emotionally stabel and exercising, which are very effective in preventing gray hair.
Qi Gong Excercise
Qi is an energy that exists in the universe, and it also flows in our body. Benefits of qigong are, that it can improve blood circulation, digestive and respiratory health.
Breathing exercise: Raise your arms up with the palms facing up while inhaling with your nose. when exhaling, slowly bring your arms down, with the palms facing downward.
Basic QiGong Moves
- Perform the action of carrying a big ball
- If right hand is on top, turn to the right and change hands
- Turn to the left side, change hands
In this video, the QiGong master explained how he reversed his pre-mature grey hair by practicing Qigong for more than 20 years – Video: Benefits of Qigong
Eating more of these foods can make hair dark and reverse gray hair, including kelp, black sesame, black beans, black rice, wolfberry, mulberry, walnut, almond, raspberry, etc. These ingredients can nourish the liver and kidneys – mingtangclinics.com
He Shou Wu is an anti-aging herb in Traditional Chinese Medicine which is commonly used for nourishing the root of the hair follicles, providing natural hair color to be restored as well as creating thicker and stronger hair.
Three Acupuncture Points to Help White Hair Turn Dark
Press with finger/ thumb with firm pressure, hold for 5 seconds, let go and repeat for 1 to 2 minutes.
- Shenting Point – It goes up from the tip of the nose, 2cm into the hairline.
- Baihui Point is on the midline of the top of the head, intersection of the tip of the ears and nose center.
- Fengchi Points are located on two points on the back of the neck.
What you can do to Reverse Grey Hair
Get yourself tested for vitamins/ nutrients deficiency, the remedy that works for one person would not work for everyone else the same way. Listen to what your body is telling you. Try the methods that you think is most beneficial for you.
Blackstrap molasses is used to treat cancer – ncbi.nlm.nih.gov
In 2017, clinicians reported a series of patients undergoing immunotherapy for lung cancer who experienced repigmentation of their grey hair after treatment. Fourteen such cases among 52 patients were recorded. (Source/ JAMA)
Genetics and Good Health
“The second aunt is also 86 years old this year. She is in good health and can take care of herself. We went to see her two days ago, she was very clear-headed, and she spoke and chatted normally. I looked at her head carefully, and so far there are only a few white hairs, which are denser than the top of my head, which is really enviable!” (Source)