It’s a commonly-held belief that you’ve lost the battle with grey hair color once it begins to appear. But what if there was a way to reverse the grey, and re-color your locks back to their once-natural hue? Such a thing just might be possible if you’re eating copper.
Copper in your body
Copper is most well-known as a metal that turns green once it gets exposed to wind and rain for any length of time. It’s very pretty and shiny when it’s new and fresh, but over time the metal becomes dull and discolored. Copper is less well-known as one of the most important minerals in the body, and an essential item when it comes to grey hair color.
Every tissue in your body needs copper to function normally. It strengthens connective tissues, reduces inflammation and even fights off cancer and parasites. Copper is stored in the blood, in the cells and throughout the body as an enzyme. It’s also an essential clotting factor. Copper is important, and it plays an important role in grey hair color.
Copper deficiency is one of the leading causes of grey hair color. This isn’t the only reason you’ll want to get plenty of healthy copper in your system, however. Copper deficiency can also contribute to osteoporosis, skeletal abnormalities and make your bones more brittle and more prone to fracture and breakage. Wrinkled, sagging skin is another sign of copper deficiency.
Copper and your hair color
Hair color in every shade but white and grey is created by melanin. The melanin produces pigment that makes your hair red, or blonde, or black or brown. When your hair follicles aren’t getting enough nutrients and minerals, they stop making melanin. Your hair turns grey as a result. Most commonly, the nutrient the scalp is lacking in a grey head is copper.
Taking copper supplements or eating foods rich in copper can prevent grey hair color and potentially reverse it as well. Many multi-vitamins contain copper; check the label to make sure. Foods that are naturally rich in copper include pineapples, blackberries, almonds and pumpkin seeds.
However, you don’t want to take too much. Excess amounts of copper accumulate in the body and may even become toxic. Too much copper can even create liver damage. Consult with your physician before taking any supplement, even something you’ve purchased over the counter.
Some people who started taking copper supplements noticed a reversal of grey hair color; new growth began coming in pigmented, instead of grey. However, there is no test for copper deficiency. Those who take copper and have success reversing their grey hair color could have been suffering with a deficiency to begin with. Will copper work for you? Start eating more blackberries, and see if your roots start growing in with color instead of in shades of grey.