I’m 39 years old and my hair started greying a few years ago. But what is causing me more worry is that my eyebrows and hair on my body too is rapidly greying. Can it be stopped or at least controlled? Please help.

Initially, hair is transparent. The pigment, melanin, gives our hair its colour. In general, the more melanin present, the darker the hair colour. When the melanocytes stop producing the pigment, the result is transparent hair. The transparent hair against your healthier darker hair gives the appearance of grey hair. In reality the hair is not grey, but transparent. Each individual’s melanocyte clock is different. Premature greying has also been associated with certain medical conditions such as thyroid disorders, vitiligo, vitamin B12 deficiency, and anaemia. Excessive intake of Pitta-provoking foods like – tea, coffee, and alcohol, fried, oily, greasy, spicy, salty, sour, and acidic foods may lead to premature greying.

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A drop in melanin production may be caused by a lack of minerals. Eat foods such as sunflower seeds, carrots, bananas and other vegetables and fruits. Avoid foods loaded with artificial colours and preservatives.

Indian gooseberry (amla) is one of the best home remedies for premature greying. Liberal intake of curry leaves is also considered useful in preventing premature greying of hair.

You may regularly take a tablespoon of Chyavanaprasam at bedtime for few months. Try one of these ancient Indian recipes if you have availability of the below herbs:

• Grind equal quantity of sesame seeds, licorice (Glycerhizza glabra), amla, henna (Lawsonia inermis) and lotus root in milk. Applying this on the hair is good to blacken hair and to improve hair growth.

• Take a teaspoon mixture of Bhringaraja (Eclipta alba), black sesame seeds, and amla powder mixed with milk and sugar for few months.

• Include bitter vegetables and ghee in your diet.

• Discuss with an ayurveda doctor about Rasayana Chikitsa.

Please consult your physician before taking any home remedies.

Dr VL Shyam is a Dubai-based Ayurveda practitioner. Got a problem? Our fantastic panel of renowned experts is available to answer all your questions related to fashion, well-being, nutrition, finance and hypnotherapy. Email your queries to friday@gulfnews.com.