Toxins in personal care products could be turning your hair grey
Grey hair happens as you age. However, toxins in personal care products could be turning your hair grey. Well, it could definitely be a contributing factor according to scientists. Now that I have your attention, you might want to think twice about the chemicals you are using in and around your home. Obviously, you can’t avoid all toxins. It is virtually impossible.
Radiation in the environment, x rays, microwaves, cell phones and then there is pollution in the air just to name a few. To avoid all genotoxic stressors you would have to live in a bubble. Never the less, a few smart changes in your lifestyle (like switching to a toxin-free brand personal care products) may give you extra years of dark hair.
A solution for grey hair is very close
Fortunately it looks like science is very close to a solution. Perhaps even stopping grey hair once and for all.
Sounds like a bunch of baloney.
Genotoxic stress is different to emotional stress
When you think of stress most of us think about our emotional stress. However, there are other types of stress. One that causes health to decline and aging to kick in is genotoxic stress.
She and colleagues at Japan’s Kanazawa University tested the idea in mice, which also gray with age. After exposure to cell-stressing x-rays or chemotherapy drugs, young mice went gray in an unexpected way. More of their melanocyte stem cells matured into color-producing melanocytes, depleting the store of stem cells. Instead of dying or being inactivated, the DNA-damaged cells matured before their time.
Genotoxic stress damages DNA and causes hair to whiten
What this study showed is that genotoxic stress causes damage to
The life cycles of hair
In 2004, Emi Nishimura, a dermatologist now with the Tokyo Medical and Dental University in Japan, linked this process to the hair follicle’s melanocyte stem cells.
As a new hair grows, some melanocyte stem cells become melanocytes, which give the strand its color, while others remain stem cells and store pigment for the next generation of hair. The stem cells continually renew themselves and should theoretically last a lifetime. But over time, the stem cells go missing from hair follicles, leaving people with unpigmented, white hair. How the cells go AWOL remained a mystery.
“The mature cells lose their regeneration capabilities,” Nishimura explains. “The mice then can’t produce enough pigment-making cells” and consequently go gray. Moreover, the stressed mice’s gray hairs and the cell populations in their follicles were indistinguishable from those of elderly mice, suggesting that genotoxic stress might drive natural graying as well. ” Reference.
What can I do now for my grey hair?
Ok, so all this science is really interesting how does this relate to humans.
The AGE Pill supports cellular health by supporting the removal of lipofuscin and glycation which clog up the cells with sludge.
This is not going to completely address the issue for all people, but it is a bloody good start. Sisel’s Tom Mower has recently announced they will be releasing a new supplement called DaBomb that is based on the most recent science to reduce grey hair and as an added bonus we are told it will address wrinkles too. It tackles damage DNA in a different way.
Sounds exciting. Let’s see what happens.