Grey hair… Ugh. If you suspected that a white or grey pigment is what causes silver strands, you’d be quite wrong. Grey hair is in fact a lack of pigmentation and melanin. In effect, white or grey hair is actually clear hair and only appears grey because of the way light is refracted from it. Interesting, right?
Dying hair silver or grey is a trend among younger people, with Lady Gaga, Rihanna, Kylie Jenner and even myself giving it a whirl. It’s cute, I guess. But going grey – however en vogue – can still make you seem older than you feel.
Not so eager to jump on the grey hair trend? Then you’ll be glad to know that there’s a silver lining: Although grey locks can be a consequence of age, genetics and stress, vitamins and minerals you’re not getting enough of can hasten greying.
Four foods that prevent your hair from greying
Chickpeas contain some of the highest concentrations of vitamin B9. A cup of them packs an incredible 1,114 micrograms of B9. That’s nearly three times the recommended daily allowance of 400 micrograms!
Low levels of vitamin B12 can lead to fatigue, shortness of breath and, yes, dry, thinning and prematurely grey hair! You can keep your B12 levels topped up by consuming a good amount of milk, cheese, eggs and chicken.
Like chickpeas, lentils are also a great source of vitamin B9. As with vitamin B12, B9 helps with the production of RNA and DNA. It’s necessary for red blood cell production, and plays a vital role in the production of methionine; an amino acid important for retaining hair colour.
Although the highest concentrations of copper are found in animal organs, the highest amount of non-animal-derived copper is found in the green superfood spirulina. It’s essentially a type of blue-green algae that grows naturally in oceans and salty lakes for if you were wondering.
How many of these foods do you eat regularly?