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Myth or Fact: Can Green Juices Prevent or Reverse Grey Hair?

8/10/2017 12:00:00 AM

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The jury is out on whether green juices can prevent, or reduce the appearance of, grey hair. The accepted theory is that the age when your hair begins to grey is primarily determined by genetics, and a study published in Nature Communications has identified the gene that is responsible for grey tresses.

In a nutshell, the gene regulates melanin, which also determines your hair and eye colour: if your body produces less melanin, your hair will grey. On the flip side, some health foods and juicing proponents believe how fast your hair greys is impacted in part by poor nutrition, and a diet made up of too much salt, fat and sugar will leach minerals and keep essential nutrients from reaching your hair.

In other words, your hair starves and turns grey. Ann Wigmore, a sometimes-controversial holistic health advocate [2] and author of The Hippocrates Diet, is credited for popularising juices made from wheatgrass and raw green veggies, such as kale, arugula and celery.

She also encouraged the premise that green juices can prevent ageing, reduce wrinkles, and even reverse greying hair. (According to Wigmore, after she added green smoothies to her diet at age 50 her grey hair returned to brown.

The Bottom Line? As the old saying goes, “It can’t hurt.” Eating your veggies is easier when they are added to a juice or smoothie and nutrition has come a long way since Wigmore urged us to down shots of wheatgrass. Green juices are packed with beneficial vitamins and are a good choice for people on the go. And adding ginger or sweet fruits can make drinking your greens tasty but be careful of the carbs and sugars, which can add up.

Here are two of our favourite green juice recipes from The Farm at San Benito in the Philippines and COMO Shambhala Estate at Begawan Giri in Bali. Whether you drink them to avoid grey locks, or just to add more veggies to your diet, we think you’ll enjoy these healthy and tasty ways of drinking green.

 

Two of our favourite green juice recipes to prevent grey hair

Green Juice from The Farm at San Benito Serving Size: 1 glass 100g lettuce 300g cucumber 50g sprouts ½ piece green apple 1 stalk of celery 1 cup buko juice (a coconut milk drink) Directions: Combine all ingredients in a juicer or blender. Blend until smooth. Strain using a fine strainer, and transfer to an old-fashioned glass.

“Body Armour” from COMO Shambhala Estate 9 oz. carrot 3½ oz. celery 7 oz. spinach 2½ oz. parsley 2½ oz. fennel 2½ oz. broccoli Directions: Blend with a blender, juicer or extractor and enjoy.


[1] Nature Communications, “A genome-wide association scan in admixed Latin Americans identifies loci influencing facial and scalp hair features,” March 1, 2016.
[2] Ann Wigmore, Wikipedia, https://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Ann_Wigmore

 

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