Male pattern baldness runs in my family. So I always hoped my hair would turn gray before it fell out. While a few have turned gray, it doesn't look like I'm going to reach my goal. My hair loss is genetic, so there's not much I can do about it. But one inexpensive nutrient can help some people stop their hair loss - or at least slow it down. And the same nutrient that keeps hair on your head can keep it from turning gray as well.
Vitamin B12 is called "the energy vitamin" for good reason. It helps your body turn the foods you eat into energy. And it creates this energy for your cells to function. When your cells don't have enough energy, they begin to struggle to function properly. That's why a B12 deficiency can cause lack of energy, extreme tiredness without any reason, becoming breathless, memory loss, brain fog, and cognitive decline, as well as mood changes, irritability, depression, confusion, and disorientation.
Since B12 plays a big role in cell energy, low levels can affect your hair. As the cells in your hair lose energy, you may experience premature graying and significant hair loss.
As you might imagine, growing hair requires your cells to divide. For cells to divide, they require significant amounts of energy. If your cells don't have enough energy, your hair growth may slow. Or it may thin considerably. Or it may start to fall out. The good news is that this can be reversed. All you have to do is supply your body with ample vitamin B12. When you do, your hair cells can start to divide again, restoring hair growth - even in areas where growth may have stopped.
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But here's where your hair can signal big problems. What you may not realize, is that your hair turning gray could have significant implications for your heart. You may have heard that high homocysteine levels are bad for your heart. Homocysteine is an amino acid. Amino acids are the building blocks of proteins. When these proteins break down, you'll find elevated levels of homocysteine in the bloodstream. This can lead to atherosclerosis, blood clots, and heart attacks.
But high homocysteine levels also can cause your hair to turn gray. That's because homocysteine generates hydrogen peroxide. And this peroxide literally bleaches the hair from the inside out. One reason your homocysteine levels skyrocket is because you don't have enough vitamin B12 in your body.
What's amazing is that you can reverse this process. All you have to do is take vitamin B12. This will lower your homocysteine, eliminate the peroxide and bleaching process, and allow your hair to return to its normal color.
Now, if something else is turning your hair gray, this may not work. But for many people, B12 is all you need to restore your hair to its normal color and health. You can get B12 shots from many doctors. This is the fastest and surest way to restore your B12 levels. But you also can take B12 sublingual tablets, such as those from Advanced Bionutritionals. Sublingual tablets are quickly absorbed and will work very effectively. Plus they're easier to use and less expensive than the shots.
Your insider for better health,
Steve Kroening, ND.