The Amazing Power Of Amla Powder For Grey Hair
Page Medically Reviewed and Edited by Cyrus Khambatta, PhD
News flash: Gray hair doesn’t just impact your grandmother or your mom—it can happen to you as well.
Premature graying, which may impact people in their 20s or 30s, is a process where your dark, auburn, or blonde hair starts to lose its color and turn gray.
Even though aging may be a contributing factor in graying hair, more and more people are seeing the color of their hair change at a much younger age.
What they are finding—and what you may too—is that graying hair is not just due to aging …
… but may also be due to nutrition, genetics, hormone fluctuations, environmental pollution, stress, smoking, and damage from years of hair product abuse.
Even though you may associate graying hair with getting older (roughly 6 to 23 percent of people who turn 50 will have gray hair), it may have more to do with what’s going on inside your body than you may think.
The Reason Why Your Hair Turns Gray
As previously mentioned, there are a lot of factors that could cause your hair to turn gray.
But one of the main issues has to do with melanin—and not having enough of it.
Melanin, which is the pigment that keeps your hair it’s natural color, may start to decrease, which leads to a loss of your natural hair color.
The cells that produce melanin, melanocytes, may gradually stop functioning correctly as you get older.
However, it’s not just aging that impacts melanocytes. You see, free radicals, which are rogue cells in your body, may also target melanocytes.
Free radicals target healthy cells, which causes damage and speeds up the aging process.
One study suggests that free radical damage may be a contributing factor to melanocyte aging and eventual graying of the hair.
Now, before you reach for your hair dye, it’s important to understand that there are plenty of natural ways to reduce graying hair and possibly return your hair’s natural color.
You diet is by far the biggest key to preventing premature graying. A diet lacking in vitamins (like copper, iron, vitamin B, and iodine) may leave you susceptible to premature graying.
A diet that is poor in antioxidants may speed up the aging process—not just in your hair, but your entire body—which could lead you to go gray.
Antioxidants, which are powerful nutrients that protect your cells against free radical damage, may be present in many of the foods you eat.
However, these foods may only contain a small amount of antioxidants, which may not be totally effective at reversing graying of your hair.
That’s why it’s important for you to understand where fruits, vegetables, and superfoods fall on the ORAC scale.
This scale determines how much antioxidant power a food truly has. The higher the score, the more powerful the food is.
Most of the popular superfoods contain a high ORAC score, since they provide plenty of antioxidant power to protect your health and prevent free radical damage.
The more popular fruits, Acai, Goji, blueberries, and pomegranates, may have a very good ORAC score, meaning they may be effective at improving your health.
But there is one fruit on the list that may surpass most of the popular fruits. But you may not have heard of it before.
Amla, which is short for Indian Gooseberry, is a fruit that ranks very high on the ORAC scale. It possesses more antioxidant power than the fruits listed above--meaning it may be more effective at blocking or preventing the damage of free radicals that may destroy melanin.
Let’s take a closer look at Amla and how it may protect against graying hair.
Amla Powder On Grey Hair
Grey hair may be caused by free radical damage to the cells that create melanin.
That’s why it’s important to eat a diet that has plenty of antioxidant-rich foods.
Amla, which contains plenty of vitamins, minerals, polyphenols, and antioxidants, may be one of the best fruits for preventing damage to melanocytes, which could prevent premature graying.
The antioxidants and vitamins found in Amla could provide plenty of anti-aging treatment for your hair and overall health.
In order to protect your hair and prevent premature graying, it’s recommended that you either eat raw Amla daily or drink fresh Amla juice for your hair.
However, since both may not be readily available in your area, you can get all the same antioxidant power from using Amla powder.
Here are some helpful ways to use Amla powder to restore lost hair color:
You can pulse fresh Amla and apply the broken down fruit directly to your hair.
You may also combine Amla powder, coconut oil, and fenugreek into a paste and apply directly to your scalp for 45 minutes to an hour.
You can skip the fenugreek and just combine Amla powder with coconut oil. Not only could this combination restore lost hair color, it could also soften your hair and scalp.
Another possible combination is Amla powder with a few drops of lemon juice and 1 TBPS of curd. Apply to your hair and leave for 45 minutes and then rinse with warm water.
You can also mix Amla powder with henna to restore natural hair color while giving it luster and strength.
Although these are great ways to use Amla powder to protect against going gray, there is one way that may be superior to the others.
To drink it! This is by far the easiest (and possibly) the most effective way to consume Amla powder to prevent gray hair.
Although the taste may be bitter, we found a way to eliminate the bitter and sour taste, so you can enjoy the rush of nutrients that will envelop your body.
By combining Amla powder with Oolong Dark Green Tea leaves, we have found a way to deliver the antioxidant power of Amla—all with a mild and smooth taste.
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Page Medically Reviewed and Edited by
Cyrus Khambatta, PhD
Cyrus Khambatta, PhD, is a cofounder of Mastering Diabetes and Amla Green is an internationally recognized nutrition and fitness coach who has been living with type 1 diabetes since 2002. Using an evidence-based approach to nutrition and fitness, he first reduced his own insulin usage by more than 40%, and has educated thousands of people with all forms of diabetes how to reverse insulin resistance using food as medicine. Cyrus earned a Bachelor of Science in Mechanical Engineering from Stanford University in 2003, then earned a PhD in Nutritional Biochemistry from the University of California at Berkeley in 2012. He is the co-host of the annual Mastering Diabetes Online Summit, a featured speaker at the Plant-Based Nutrition and Healthcare Conference (PBNHC), the American College of Lifestyle Medicine (ACLM) Conference, Plant Stock, and has been featured on Forks Over Knives, NPR, PBS, KQED, Fast Company, and is the author of the upcoming book Mastering Diabetes.
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