Updated: Feb 7
As we grow old, our body loses its youthful look, and we start noticing fine lines and wrinkles. The hair, too, begins to gray. While you can reverse skin aging with skin care products, most people find it challenging to handle hair graying. But if you master the foods to eat, you can delay the process. To help you achieve this, we have compiled a list of 5 superfoods you should add to your diet. Take a look!
1. Fermented Foods
Fermented foods have probiotics that help the body produce Biotin. According to the National Library of Science (NIH), adding fermented foods like (marmite, Kefir, sauerkraut, and kimchi) to your diet helps improve your overall health while giving your gut a Microbiome boost. A strong microbiome increases biotin production, which helps promote healthy hair and prevent premature graying.
But if you can't withstand the tang of fermented foods, keep reading for other alternatives.
Liver is an excellent source of B-12 complex. B-12 helps support the nervous system, fight anemia and prevent hair graying. As you get older, your body's ability to metabolize B12 reduces. Since the body does not produce B-12, adding liver to your diet can help keep the levels in check.
Hummus is a tasty Mediterranean dip loaded with essential minerals and nutrients, making it a great addition to any fiber diet. Tahini is one of the ingredients in hummus. It's an excellent source of copper. One teaspoon of hummus contains 30% of the recommended daily value.
Copper is a vital mineral required by the body to metabolize iron and produce melanin and energy. Melanin helps prevent premature skin aging and hair graying.
Chickpeas is another vital ingredient used in hummus. It is rich in B-9 folate. B-9 promotes the production of methionine, an essential amino acid that gives hair color. When it is in low levels, you will likely experience premature hair graying.
Folate, on the other hand, promotes the production of RNA and DNA.
Mushrooms are an excellent source of Vitamin D. Though you can get Vitamin D from the sun, it can be challenging to get enough as the seasons do change. Adding mushrooms into your diet will help increase your Vitamin D levels and prevent hair graying.
5. Dark Chocolate
Dark chocolate is a great source of iron. According to research, low levels of Ferritin is associated with premature hair graying. Adding dark chocolate in your diet can help maintain healthy Ferritin levels. Better still, consuming chocolate and Vitamin C-rich foods will help keep your hair healthy and skin young.
Delaying hair graying is possible if you add the right foods to your diet. However, if your graying is genetic, the process cannot be reversed with food.