"I'm turning gray!"
And that's exactly why I sat down and read up on why one turns gray at all and whether there is a way to inhibit graying or to strengthen hair growth and coloring.
The following came out of my research:
Stress as the main cause of gray hair
In the case of psychological and physical stress, the body is activated by a stress reaction and the bodily functions are adapted. Imagine running to safety at the last second before a bad accident happens. At the moment of recognition, a so-called "fight-flight reflex" takes place in your body. So you have for example:
- sharpened senses
- lower sensitivity to pain
- increased strength and power
- dilated pupils
An amino acid (tyrosine) is first converted to noradrenaline and then to adrenaline in a few conversion process steps (body reaction). These reactions take place in the adrenal medulla and in certain nerve cells (noradrenergic neurons) of the autonomic nervous system (sympathetic nervous system) and various brain cells. The two stress hormones are essential for human survival. That much is certain. But what do these reactions do elsewhere?
It has been researched that hair pigment stem cells also receive stress signals. The stress signal that arrives at the cells consists of large amounts of the hormone and neurotransmitter norepinephrine. There it stimulates the stem cells, which are responsible for the production of melanin, to a large extent.
The stem cells divide and become adult melanin cells, which are formed much faster and die off, leaving no stem cells to form new melanin cells. As a color pigment, melanin is responsible for the natural color of the hair.
In old age, melanocyte activity slows down and the production of melanin slowly ceases. As a result, the hair loses its natural color and turns white.
On the one hand, too much stress and increasing age can be responsible for the fact that the hair that grows back is colourless.
Other symptoms can also occur if, for example, adrenaline is activated as a reaction to everyday stress. Difficulty sleeping when your head is full of thoughts. Fears and worries also stimulate your body to release adrenaline and other stress-related hormones (e.g. cortisol).
As the body continues to become exhausted under the influence of stress, the norepinephrine level may drop to a very low level. This can often be observed in the burnout syndrome.
What can I do now?
As described above, the formation of melanin is supported by the enzyme tyrosine. Some nutrients, vitamins, herbs, etc. can do a valuable service here. Let's take a closer look.
Vital mushrooms against gray hair
QIDOSHA Reishi Extract
In studies, Reishi showed a strong inhibitory effect on tyrosinase and melanin synthesis. The phenolic compounds in Reishi are an active ingredient in tyrosinase inhibitors. Recently, scientific research has shown that Reishi is the most potent inhibitor of the tyrosinase enzyme compared to other natural compounds.
QIDOSHA Hericium Extract
According to TCM, the ingredients of Hericium can promote the regeneration of nerve cells and the growth of nerve fibers. According to the teachings of Traditional Chinese Medicine, the porcupine's mane can help to bring the organism disturbed by stress and an unhealthy lifestyle back into a natural, healthy balance.
Ayurvedic Herbs - Anti Aging
QIDOSHA CLEAN with Guduch extract
Guduchi - a plant that is considered to cleanse, strengthen and rejuvenate tissue in Ayurveda
QIDOSHA DEFENSE or QIDOSHA TRIPHALA with Amla
The Amla fruit is an insider tip against gray hair.
Of course, all other things that lower your stress level can also help you. For example
- Pranayama/ breathing exercises
- Small meditations
- Yoga or relaxing exercise like a walk in the fresh air
- Conversations - "to get something off your chest"
- healthy and balanced diet
- regular exercise
- Reduce alcohol and coffee consumption