Hair follicles contain pigment cells called melanocytes that work with keratinocytes (keratin-producing cells) to give colour to the hair. As we age, both these type of cells become less functional and eventually die. Thus, greying sets in. Lack of natural protein also makes the hair dull, brittle, less elastic and weak.
You need to start packing your diet with protein. It should include sprouts, cereals, whole grains, soy, eggs and meat. These will make up for the diminishing protein in your hair. Consume vitamin A present in green vegetables, and yellow and orange fruits to maintain shine; vitamin B through yogurt, bananas and tomatoes to regulate the secretion of natural oil, and minerals such as iron and zinc from meat, dried apricots, parsley and seafood to ensure strong roots and healthy hair.
Dr Apoorva Shah says, “Taking protein supplements has also shown great results. At Richfeel, we have a special supplement called Protein that helps in stopping or slowing down the greying process.”