Anti-Aging Supplements

How to Prevent Gray Hair — Are Enzyme Supplements the Answer?

Per a previous post on How to Prevent Gray Hair, would swallowing supplements stop hair from turning gray? 

Thousands of enzymes are manufactured by the cells in all living matter with each having a specific purpose. All chemical reactions in the body (i.e. breaking down or synthesizing compounds) are regulated by enzymes, and you could not live without them.

From Body to Bottle

Due to the more-is-better mentality, there are many enzyme products and advertisements in the marketplace. Specifically related to gray hair are the enzymes “catalase” that break down hydrogen peroxide and “tyrosinase” that produce melanin.

However, there is insufficient clinical evidence that supports the injection or ingestion of enzyme supplements as a treatment to prevent gray hair.

Enzymes have a short life and those you get in a bottle, even with their enteric coatings. They may not get absorbed through the digestive tract or live long enough to circulate through the bloodstream to the hair follicles.

How Enzymes Help Enzyme Deficiencies

Enzyme boosters help some enzyme deficiencies

Enzyme boosters for enzyme deficiencies do exist, such as:

  • Lactaid® (lactase) for individuals who cannot digest milk sugar.
  • Beano® (alpha-galactosidase) for those who cannot digest grains, legumes, and cruciferous vegetables.

These particular enzymes have to be digested in the right quantity with the problem food.
Also, a great deal of information has been learned from targeted studies using different enzymes.

For example, a study was conducted on mice with atheroschlerosis, the fatty plaque build-up within the artery walls. When injected with lipase, an enzyme that breaks down fat in food, the lipase eliminated plaque in the early stages of disease and reduced it in the advanced stages.

Karen’s Fit Tip: Being that the scientific cause of gray hair is now known and better understood thanks to enzyme supplementation research, it probably won’t be long before the “cure” for gray hair will be discovered. In the meantime, save your money.

It’s better spent on high quality foods that keep your body healthy. By doing so, your cells can maintain their capacity to manufacture valuable and necessary enzymes.

Karen Owoc

Karen Owoc is a certified Clinical Exercise Physiologist specializing in cardiopulmonary rehabilitation and lifestyle medicine. Her science-based approach to longevity, nutrition, and muscle health has made her the go-to source for health seekers and medical professionals alike. Karen's best-selling book on functional longevity, "Athletes in Aprons: The Nutrition Playbook to Break 100", and her transformative perspective have mended many minds, hearts, and spirits.

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