Sunday, June 22, 2008

Gray Hairs: Causes and Correct Treatment

Words in some articles (highlight added by me):

"Premature graying has been associated with certain medical conditions such as thyroid disorders, vitiligo, vitamin B12 deficiency, and anemia. Vitiligo is an autoimmune condition in which the cells that make pigment (melanocytes) are destroyed, resulting in patches of hair and skin that become white."

"Contrary to popular belief, having kids or a stressful job won’t turn hair gray. But oxidation, the damaging effect of unstable oxygen molecules — which have been linked to many aspects of aging — may be one of the causes of gray hair. ... the process of synthesizing melanin generates a slew of unstable oxygen molecules. When the Humboldt team exposed healthy and productive pigment-producing hair follicle cells to oxidation, the cells began to die off."

"Of course heredity plays some role, ... [and race]...

Both articles talk about dyeing the hair as a way to "treat" this problem. That sounds surprisingly silly! They already have strong suspicion, if not proved theory, about the cause. And yet the treatment is still so superficial. Why not recommend the gray hair guys and gals go see an endocrinologist for possible thyroid disorder, take vitamin supplement or B12 fortified cereal for B12 deficiency, (and take less bananas for possible reduced B12 absorption caused by potassium), and eat fruits such as apples strong in antioxidation? Individual causes warrant their own attention. I'm not a doctor or trained dietician. So I'll leave it to you and your doctors to make decisions. But even as a non-medical professional, I'm absolutely sure dyeing hairs is not a real solution, not to mention body's absorption of the foreign, non-natural, dye chemical molecules.


Amir said...

Cooper,Sulpher and Vitamine A and B providing substances are usefull for the cure of the diseases associated with the autoimmunes system. Because this ingrediant improve the working of pigment producing cell melanocytes as well.
Old flue is also a cause of whitening of hair.
I am agree with you dyeing hair is not a good and permanant solution for hair, it destroy the natural beauty of the hair.
As for as the whitening of the hair concern due to Vitiligo,It is clear that only on the vitilig spot the hair would be white.

Yong Huang said...

Thanks, Amir. Can you tell me what Cooper,Sulpher is? Some type of sulphur?