European researchers have just recently revealed a breakthrough remedy for thinning and grey hair – topical application of PC-KUS (a reformed pseudocatalase), a compound that gets stimulated through sun exposure. But, the discovery seems hundreds of years late because onion juice, as known to many, has been used for ages to treat grey and thin hair.
Researchers found out that formation of hydrogen peroxide at the hair follicles’ roots is the main cause of grey hair. The antecedent cause is the reduction of an antioxidant compound called the catalase. Onion juice cleans follicles and scalp and increases catalase production. Catalase averts grey hair and denser hair follicles.
The breakthrough that researchers considered” new” turns out to be a rediscovery of baldness and grey hair treatment that herbalists, for centuries, have already been aware of – the Onion juice. Nowadays, several herbalists choose onion juice as the recommended remedy for grey and thin hair; it can be used solely or can be combined with other natural elements.
What the Research has found?
The reformed catalase was also found to work for skin disorder vitiligo, a loss of skin colour due to impaired skin pigmentation. This new study was printed in The FASB Journal. The author of the research Karin U. Schallreuter, M.D. from the Institute for Pigmentary Disorders reported that it is no doubt that the abrupt and unwanted inherited skin colour loss and a local change in the colour of the hair can really put an impact to those affected individuals in various essential ways. He also added that the process of successfully regaining the inherited pigmentation has improved individuals’ quality and ways of life as documented by some studies.
In 2009, a research was done by Bradford University, an establishment found in UK, and reported the same breakthrough for greying hair as a cause from the build-up of hydrogen peroxide. It was also found that the greying of hair dilemma can be reversed with the use of the compound catalase.
Aside from the onion juice, many treatment and remedies for thinning, baldness and greying of hair have been tried and used over the years giving out varied results. Listed below are the common and most tried historic remedies.
- Fo-ti also known as he shou wu and has a definitive translation of “Mr. He’s black hair” or black-haired Mr. He”
- Black Strap molasses
- Pine needle tea
- Moringa leaf and extracts of moringa roots
Nutrition Needed for Healthy Hair
To keep a healthy and glowing hair, one must consider good and proper nutrition. A wholesome diet of B-vitamins, silica, protein, Omega 3’s, iron and calcium is considered to be the best hair diet. Trace minerals, vitamin A and essential antioxidants are other vital nutrients required to keeping a healthy hair.
Other food options include:
- Green, leafy vegetables
- Sweet rice
- Root crops like onion, parsnip, carrots, ginger, etc.
- Nuts and seeds
For better hair health, avoid:
- Fatty foods
- Drinks and foods rich in Sugar
- Dairy products
- Animal protein