Truly Shocked

When it first happens, it comes as a real shock. You might quickly recoil in horror. You have seen people around you that have suffered so, but you never imagined that it would happen to you. But, I suppose, it was inevitable that it would catch up. Age I mean and the white hair that inevitably follows. In truth, you can get white hair even as a teenager. There is a host of reasons that can cause it.

Vitamin deficiencies are the primary cause. Common among a vast swathe of people, lack of Vitamin B-6, B-12, D or E can cause premature graying of hair. Similarly, a lack of minerals like copper or ferritin which stores iron in the body can also cause greying. A scarcity of HDL (good cholesterol) too can knock back a few of the good old black stuff. Hair I mean. Oxidative stress, caused when there is a lack of antioxidants in your body leads to a host of diseases including your skin and hair turning white. In the same way, autoimmune diseases can also achieve similar outcomes. Extreme stress causes your body to go into shock, and the graying of your hair is one response to this trauma. Smoking and shampoo’s filled with chemicals are avoidable reason for your hair to turn gray. Both cause premature cell death which results in white hair. Finally, your ethnicity also plays a role, with Asians and African Americans being the most susceptible to graying. So what can you do?

Well, of course, you would want to address your deficiencies of Vitamins, ensure that you eat plenty of fruits and vegetables so that you get antioxidants, quit smoking and try and live a relatively stress-free life. One of the more interesting remedies I found was applying Indian gooseberry (amla) juice to your hair. It seems to reverse the harmful effects of a unhealthy life.


Ritesh is a born again health enthusiast and holds a Certificate in Physiology from Harvard Medical School and a Certificate in Nutrition from Tufts University.