Home Remedies for Grey Hair: Q&A
Last Modified on Oct 28, 2011
Secondly, the BSM: I have managed to find only one BSM at my local health food store. It does not list the copper content and when I contacted the manufacturer, they were not able to give a specific answer. Is there a test I could perform to measure how much copper is present? It would be a shame to discover after months of commitment that the product was deficient in copper.
Thirdly, can I mix the cocoa with the BSM? Please clarify. Thanks very much for your help.
09/30/2011: Ted from Bangkok, Thailand replies: Wheat germ that is best is powdered or granulated, preferably without any capsules as it is more bio-available (there's no capsule to dissolve). Those liquid capsules might be in soybean oils and other oils, and that leads to further congestion of the liver. The granulated or powdered can be added to food, so it makes consuming it easier, without effecting bio-availability.
Other brands might provide you with that information for their nutritional sheet that has copper, if not chlorophyll bought commercially is copper chlorophyllin and that can be taken if you just want copper, and the other ones is left to BSM.
Ted from Bangkok, Thailand replies: The condition of a dandruff problem in the scalp can usually be stopped through 25-50 mg of manganese sulfate, taken regularly for about 5 days out of a week. The evening primrose oil is taken for 1000 mg, and take that for about every other days. Vegetable oils in the diet and the use of cooking utensils high in metal may aggravate the condition. The oily scalp is sometimes (for me it is often) a sign of zinc deficiency. The zinc gluconate is often 50 mg. taken once every other day, and after two or three weeks, it is then taken once a week. In certain instances, borax dissolved in water, can be used as a hair wash, but not rinsed, left overnight to kill the fungus and mildew issue. The solution can be strengthened if added to a 1% H2O2 solution, and that is kept overnight and rinsed the next day. It's o.k.to towel dry it somewhat, but no rinsing. The borax and peroxide should kill the fungus.
The other issue of hair loss is the problem of collagen and copper and iron utilization which may reduce some free heavy metals, and the vitamin C sodium ascorbate or perhaps vitamin C rose hips 1000 mg x 2 times a day, for about 5 days out of a week should stop hair losses from getting to the extreme. At least it worked for me quite well. If I left anything else, it might be that I will have to increase my immunity and circulation of scalp by taking at least 1/2 teaspoon of baking soda in 1/2 glass of water twice a day.
However, I would much prefer to take a 2 tablespoons of freshly squeezed lime juice, plus 1/2 teaspoon of baking soda in 1/2 glass of water taken twice a day. The citrate reaction, reduces the serum calcium, which tends to clog body tissues, resulting in poor circulation. One additional remedy that may also help is to reduce certain fatty foods (rich foods with vegetable oils) and sugar, while taking 1 tablespoon of granulated lecithin a day.
Hopefully this should solve some of the cause. The others that I have not covered but may be relevant are molybdenum (anti-fungal), lack of iodine, and the nasty habit of eating cassava derived foods, which causes iodine deficiency since it is rich in thiocyanate, and hence can result in other symptoms, of lowered immunity resulting in hair loss too.
06/28/2008: Mario from Chihuahua, Mexico replies: Ted from Bangkok, I have seen native people in Mexico that at the age of 70 barely have gray hair the, I agree that our diets have something to do with our health, but I do not think that these people have a good diet. Could you send a photo of people before and after? Regards
Ted from Bangkok, Thailand replies: To best handle gray hair, I would likely to concentrate on vitamin C (plenty of them, it might at the time I wasn't measuring the exact dose, but it appears to be something closer to 1000 mg 4 times or 5 times a day, along with 4 times a week vitamin B complex. Cocoa and manganese is the other things, as well as the black strap molasses. I was taking lots of vitamin C at the time, it seems people here don't like my gray hair. That gave me an extra incentive to take more too. However where I live the water here has a very high copper contaminants which also helped as the vitamin C increases copper bioavailability. However other people may not be lucky so cocoa appears to have the copper. The reason why black strap molasses can restore gray hair in some cases is the copper and manganese.
Therefore, brewer's yeast don't need to be taken as often, since they are supportive of gray hair. The other things, are more important.
As to the brewer's yeast, the ones I used are debittered so it should not taste foul. In case it is a problem, I might just add some small amount of honey into the brewer's yeast.
While I don't know how widespread gray hairs are due to fungus. I do know that fungus, seems to eat the melanin and cause gray hair. Therefore a constant shampooing or my leaving borax solution overnight might also help, if of course they have fungal in origins. Interestingly, vitamin C also have antifungal properties, but then so does copper as well.
12/26/2012: Vince from Toronto, Ont replies: regarding the use of vitamin C I assume that it impacts histidine which is implicated in both hair pigmentation and allergies. So food allergies, leaky gut, might be something that increases gray hair.
Ted from Bangkok, Thailand replies: How can I combine it all so I can help them to reverse the greys.
Just add one tablespoon to 2 tablespoon ACV and 1/4 teaspoon baking soda remedy, but when adding them together, I would much prefer to increase the 1/2 glass of water to about 1 glass of water to further dilute them to minimize the concentration so that it it minimizes negatively effect the blood sugar. Vitamin C sodium ascorbate 1000 mg in an adult dosage (or rose hips) can be taken anytime. A child dosage is proportionately taken less based on a weight of the child. So if the child's weight is 1/2 of an adult for example, the dose is halved.
Also my husband is Thaleseamic. Should he be having BSM.
For me the condition would be best if some simple chelation of iron, where green tea unsugared, no milk, no fructose is taken about twice a day.
Gray hairs are usually helped with vitamin C and vitamin B complex. Therefore vitamin b complex should be taken at least 3-4 times out of a week while vitamin C sodium ascorbate is taken about 5 days out a week.
There may be other minerals that caused gray hairs such as lowered antioxidant levels of vitamin E, molybdenum (yes it's an antioxidant), and zinc (which is also an antioxidant).
Manganese and copper are the common minerals I see missing due to gray hair. But some people who do hair mineral analysis I see other mineral missing just as well in addition to copper, molybdenum and manganese, such as magnesium, lithium, boron and iodine.
Of course, if someone was really serious about gray hair, a more complete hair mineral analysis should reveal others too, since the cases of people providing those information are few so and research are extensive, but not many is posting those key information that i would like to see.
Most of the problems about supplementation is that the minerals are poorly absorbed in a great majority of people (more like 80%!) after taking it for a full year. The reason is the supplements don't dissolve in a glass of water within 15 minutes. Therefore, it is generally helpful to grind them to powder and mixed them in a water. Manganese is a strange one where it is best taken on an empty stomach, and the body's vitamin C level should relatively be high in aid in manganese, iron and copper utilization, or its bioavailability.
11/01/2008: Andiatmika Manuaba from Bali, Indonesia replies: apple cider vinegar, dear ted..i really confused about the vitamin c sodium ascorbate and vitamin c calcium ascorbate, i coud'nt find vit c with sodium ascorbate in my place, can i use the vit c calcium ascorbate, they say the calcium ascorbate are more save in the stomach.please let me know. thanks
11/02/2008: Mark from The Woodlands, Texas, USA replies: I have had a reversal of graying hair in the last two months. The only thing I have changed is taking 5 to 8 grams of Allergy-C Caps (a buffered Vitamin C from Sago Palm - ea tablet 1500g C + 100g Calcium + 50g Magnesium). My life stress level is higher so it has to be the supplements.
Ted from Bangkok, Thailand replies: Camara: Copper and Manganese are two most important element to getting hair color back. It is best to find the black strap molasses with at least copper and manganese, as being a standard. Vitamin C sodium ascorbate helps bioavailbility and absorption of vitamin C too."
Ted from Bangkok, Thailand replies: Larry: It takes about 3 months for the colors to start coming but or at least be noticeable, and yes 1 spoonfuls x 2 times a day is the dose. Generally it will take more than a year to get all the colors black. Still, I won't generally recommend blackstrap molasses for diabetes, but it seems to work quite well for most people.
Ted from Bangkok, Thailand replies: A reasonable dose for black strap molasses is about two teaspoons, with plenty of water. Brewer's yeast about 10 grams/day, wheat germ about any amount, but minimum is about 20 grams.
It is important that sodium ascorbate vitamin C 1000 mg x 3 times a day is taken. It takes about 3 months to notice clear improvement. Vitamin B complex is taken too, but I think once or twice a week is more ideal.
Two or three tablespoon Cocoa powder mixed in drinks is helpful and should be taken everyday as it is high in copper and vitamin C will help its absorption. To prevent imbalances of copper and zinc taking 50 mg zinc gluconate once every two weeks should be sufficient.
I have as yet to perfect this, but then my white and gray hair are barely visible now. Bangkok the drinking water is quite high in copper, so merely taking vitamin C would do the trick, but in other areas cocoa may need to be added.
08/13/2008: Marsha from Bangkok, Thailand replies: hey, am from bangkok, i would like to know where i can get all that ingrident, i had been asking BLACK STRAP MORASSESS, most of the pharmacy in bangkok they had no idea:(pls someone guide me where to get all that
04/28/2013: Narinja from Kaunas, Lithuania replies: I have a question about the amount of Brewer' s Yeast dosage. I bought it and it is 500 mg each tablet, do I really have to take 20 tablets per day totally 10 grams to have any effect for reversing gray hair? And for how long it should be done?
04/29/2013: Joy from Battleground, Wash replies: There are some warning with using brewers yeast because of purines>>> kidney and gout >>>> some things of that nature....anyway
I know two people with copper toxicity whose hair does not grey and they are over 60 with dark hair. Too much copper is not good but try a multi mineral with trace minerals and a good multi vitamin supplement to get rid of the grey and also some hormone imbalances or absorbtion disorders cause grey
Ted from Bangkok, Thailand replies: Dear Carly: Wheat germ, molasses, and brewers yeast (vitamin B13) are classic home remedies for gray hair, but so is fulvic acid, sodium ascorbate and manganese.
The cause of gray hair is a deficiency of certain vitamin B complex, along with B13 from brewer's yeast, manganese and vitamin C.
A much simpler remedy is sodium ascorbate vitamin C, which helps the body increase manganese absorption and taking vitamin B complex as a supportive measures works. Just remember, 10 years ago, I had gray hairs and I am now 49 years old and now hardly have any gray hairs. No secret. Just taking plenty of sodium ascorbate, vitamin B complex and manganese when I need too. My personal theory is that dogs don't get gray hairs like human because their liver can produce as much vitamin C as they want. Besides, most people I know with premature gray hair hardly eat any fruits either. Gray hair doesn't run in the family, I think it is the bad diets that does.
Ted from Bangkok, Thailand replies: No, black molasses will not thicken the hair. But if you want normal hair to come back some sodium ascorbate vitamin C helps. The thicker hair is helped with 5 mg of biotin, 200 mg of vitamin B5 and 200 mg of B8, for example. Whey protein may also help with the hair by at least giving the hair the needed protein for growth.
01/08/2011: Janhavi M from India, Bangalore replies: Hi Ted, I am 36 and I had grey hairs from early age. Now I have nearly 80% grey hair, I have started taking the following. Could you pls let me know the dosages are correct? Thanks for your valuable postings.
1) 1 tablespoon(20-25 ml) of BSM
2) vitamin C sodium ascorbate 1000 mg, 3 times a day
3) 50 mg zinc gluconate tables, 1 time a day
4) Vitamin B complex, I am not sure of the dosage of this, pls advice.
5) I try to take 2/3 tablespoon cocoa powder once in a week
01/23/2011: Kishore from Sandton, Gt replies: Black Lustrous Hair
Treatment One tablespoon (20-25 ml) of Black Strap Molasses
One tablespoon Brewer's Yeast with One Litre Yogurt
Vitamin C sodium ascorbate 1000 mg, 3 times a day
50 mg zinc gluconate tables, 1 time a day
Vitamin B complex, Four times a week Two/Three tablespoon
Cocoa powder once in a week
Wheat Germ, about any amount
Whey Protein, About any amount