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Friday, February 17, 2017

FOODS THAT HELP PREVENT GRAY HAIR

We are dubious. That said, the United Kingdom's Press Association has gathered reports from so-called experts, who claim that eating the right foods can actually prevent your hair from going gray. (And we thought it was genetics!) Hey, if it works, it's cheaper than hair dye. Five foods that may prevent your hair from turning gray:

1. Walnuts

Why? Melanin gives hair its pigment, and copper is crucial in melanin production. Walnuts are rich in copper.

2. Shellfish

Why? Zinc helps keep color in your hair, so presumably foods that are rich in zinc will keep you from going gray. In addition to shellfish, zinc-rich foods include sunflower seeds, cashews and yogurt.

3. Salmon

Why? Omega-3 fatty acids not only keep your heart strong, but also keep your hair strong. Other sources of omega-3 fatty acids are mackerel, lake trout, halibut, herring, oysters, sardines and albacore tuna.

4. Chicken

Why? If you don't get enough vitamin B12, it can cause your hair to become dry, thin and prematurely gray. Chicken, as well as eggs, cheese and milk, are packed with vitamin B12. Some claim that large doses of certain B vitamins -- B6, B12 and folic acid -- will reverse the process of graying in three months. (Before you take massive doses of any vitamin or mineral, do consult your family doctor.)

5. Broccoli

Why? Folate (or folic acid) has been linked to better hair health, while lack of it has been linked to premature graying. Folic acid is found in broccoli, asparagus, beans, peas and lentils. Many foods in the United States, such as pasta, bread, rice and cereals, have been fortified with folic acid.

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