It has recently been discovered that the premature graying of hair can be linked to a depletion of Catalase in the body. This enzyme generally protects the hair from the harmful effects that a large build up of hydrogen peroxide will cause. As the Catalase enzyme decreases the hydrogen peroxide increases and your hair will begin to turn gray.
The treatment of white hair has always spurned a large variety of dyes, oils and pills as people are eager to try any remedy that is supposed to help them look younger. Many will go to great lengths to keep their hair its natural color and ward off the appearance of any gray.
Dying the hair is the most common of these methods and ironically probably the one that does the most damage to the hair. They do nothing to stop the growth of gray hair, but only function to cover it up. Not only will continued hair growth show gray at the base, but many of these products will begin to fade over time necessitating reapplication. With the exception of henna and sage, hair dye products are laden with chemicals that cause harm to the hair follicle especially when applied continuously. They may even be a contributing factor to the growth of more gray hair as they can cause damage to the scalp and the underlying cells where hair growth begins.
Hair dye is only a temporary solution that can become a obsession to try and keep up with. As there is no known way to stop the growth of your hair, the appearance of gray hairs will continue to plague you. Even natural hair dyes like henna will not reverse the process of gray hair. For some, the situation will even worsen as the harsh chemicals could cause a loss of hair and scalp irritation. They dyes will also strip the hairs of nutrients, leaving it dull and lifeless.
If you want a more permanent solution to gray hair you will have to first try and understand the process that is causing it. Research shows that the process is actually a chemical chain reaction that causes the hair to bleach itself from the inside out. This starts with the enzyme Catalase, and a drop in its level of production. As Catalase is responsible for ridding the body of many toxins, including hydrogen peroxide, a build up will occur. Your hair produces hydrogen peroxide naturally and if not broken down by Catalase will cause your hair to gray.
Excessive hydrogen peroxide will attack the tyrosinase enzyme by oxidizing the amino acid methionine. This results in the enzyme that begins the process of making a path for melanin to stop working. Melanin is the pigment used to add color to your hair. Once its path to the follicles is interrupted, the hair will begin to grow as a gray color.
As the level of Catalase drops and hydrogen peroxide rises there is no way to reverse the damage and the amount of gray hair produced grows. You will begin to lose pigment starting from the root and working its way to the tip of your hair. The only way to stop this is by starting at the very base level of the hair follicles.
The only way to reverse this is to add an adequate amount of Catalase to your body by adding a vitamin supplement to your diet that is rich in the enzyme. Catalase can be found in almost any living organism that functions with oxygen. By infusing your body with an extra supply, you will allow it to continue breaking down the harmful hydrogen peroxide before gray hair develops.
For the best possible result, you should develop the habit of taking one Catalase containing supplement once a day after a meal. Within just a few months you will begin to notice a positive change in the color of your hair. Continue with the vitamins as part of your daily routine in order to stall the onset of gray hair.
You will find a variety of companies that are now offering this supplement in the form of a vitamin pill. Most are so convinced of its effectiveness that they will even offer a full refund if you are not satisfied with the results.