Why does our hair turn gray?

We have all heard the saying "My teenagers are going to make me gray!"  Yet contrary to popular opinion, scientific studies proving such a link are lacking.  Instead of emotional stress causing our hair to turn gray, a recent article published in the journal, Cell, indicates that it is cellular stress that may be the culprit.

Researchers from Tokyo Medical and Dental Center found that cellular damage from chemicals, UV light and ionizing radiation may be the culprits for our hair turning gray. The study points out that a single cell is barraged around 100,000 times per day with free radical assaults that damage the DNA and effect the hair follicle stem cell.  They believe it is this occurrence that leads to hair color change.  

This same oxidative stress reeks havoc on all of the cells in our body, they are just not as visible. The results can be devastating - cancer, heart disease and Alzheimer's Disease.  Our best defense is a diet rich in antioxidants, particularly fruits and vegetables that are all of the colors of the rainbow.  We need to eat 9-13 servings of these types foods daily and avoid all processed foods to minimize damage from free radicals.  

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