GETTING TO THE ROOT OF GRAY HAIR

A team of European researchers claims that they have uncovered not only the root cause of gray hair, but also a potential cure. Gray hair, a classic sign of aging, is caused by a buildup of hydrogen peroxide in hair follicles. While hydrogen peroxide has been used for years as a quick way to go blonde, buildup in the hair results in oxidative stress and graying.

When you’re young, your body produces an enzyme called catalase that breaks the hydrogen peroxide down into its base components – hydrogen and oxygen. But as you age, your body produces lower levels of the enzyme, along with lower levels of MSR A and B that repair hair damage caused by hydrogen peroxide. All of this results in hair that grays as we age.

In their study, researchers examined people with two different types of vitiglio, a condition that causes the loss of pigments in patches of skin. They discovered that both types of vitiglio – strictly segmental vitiglio and non-segmental vitiglio – resulted from oxidative stress! Researchers applied a topical treatment called PC-KUS and successfully treated the discolored skin and eyelashes of the people with vitiglio.

So gray hair may soon be a thing of the past, which I’m sure will thrill plenty of people. For now, reduce oxidative stress before you go gray, and look into Protandim. The proprietary Nrf2 synergizer reduces oxidative stress and helps your body perform at full potential. For more information on the study, read Marc Lallanilla’s article on NBC.

PHOTO CREDIT: FRANK C. MULLER