Next time you write out the grocery list, make sure you’re choosing foods that prevent grey hair color. There are at least five items you’re going to want to put on the list if you want to keep your natural color longer, and avoid the trip to the grocery for the grey hair dye a little longer.
The battle against grey hair color
Grey hair causes many women to feel stressed and worried, even before they get it. More and more women are experiencing premature grey hair color, so there’s good reason to be frightened. But the rise in grey hair color at an early age could be due to poor dieting decisions and stress, both of which cause grey hair to appear. Start eating a better diet, using five foods that prevent grey hair color, and keep your natural color a little longer.
- Fresh greens. Fresh green vegetables are naturally rich in Vitamins B6 and B12, which keep hair healthy. Spinach is a good source of these B vitamins, but if you really want to get an influx of hair health look for spirulina. It’s a blue-green sea algae that’s rich in vitamins, and doesn’t that sound delicious? Of course, if sea plants don’t appeal to you, simply incorporate leafy green vegetables into your diet for two or three of your daily meals. Steam your vegetables to leave more of the vitamins and nutrition intact. In addition to promoting healthy hair color, these B vitamins help to prevent fatigue, reduce the risk of heart disease and keep skin healthier.
- Chocolate. How good is this news? Chocolate is naturally rich in copper, which produces melanin in your hair. Melanin is responsible for producing color, which makes it essential for preventing grey hair color. Chocolate is a great source of copper, so eat it up – but do it wisely. Choose dark chocolate, which contains fewer calories than milk chocolate, and enjoy it in moderation. Brush your teeth after consuming chocolate, to get rid of the sugar (which causes cavities), and get plenty of healthy exercise.
- Berries. Eat lots of fresh berries, especially strawberries, to get Vitamin C into your system. In addition to promoting healthy hair, Vitamin C produces natural collagen that helps to prevent wrinkles and other signs of aging.
- Salmon. Tasty and easy to find, salmon is a great food for fighting grey hair color. Salmon is a natural source of selenium, which regulates hormone production that keeps your hair colorful. Salmon also fights free radicals, which you don’t want in your system.
- Almonds. Almonds are delicious and abundant, easy to buy anywhere, and they’re rich in both Vitamin E and copper. You need both, so incorporate almonds into your chocolate, salads, rice dishes and sauces and start loading up on hair-healthy nutrients.
When you’re eating a vitamin-rich and nutrient-rich diet, drink plenty of water. Those nutrients need water to flow through your body. If you’re not well-hydrated, you won’t get the maximum benefits from all those special, grey hair color-fighting foods.
Learn more about keeping hair healthy in our free special report, Grey hair after 50: 7 keys to styling, coloring, and caring for grey hair whether you choose to cover or embrace it.