I am deep in the throes of a 30 year old “mid-life crisis” although, of course, I am well aware that with diligent attention to my health I hope to live and thrive well past 60 years of age. While working proactively to quell any physical signs of aging before they begin to haunt me, I embarked on “Project Vanity” and I found an interesting solution for the omnipresent greying hair. All hail molasses. Molasses is rich in calcium, copper, magnesium, selenium, potassium, vitamin B6, manganese, and iron. This I knew, however, I did not know that copper seems to be the key factor in helping with pigment melanin production in hair and skin. People generally see a difference within four to six weeks after taking one tablespoon per day of organic unsulphured blackstrap molasses. An added benefit is increased hair growth, often seen prior to the cessation of grey hair. Simple ways to add molasses to your daily diet include adding it to smoothies, cereals, oatmeal and milk. It is advisable to take it in the morning hours as it increases energy and may cause difficulty sleeping.
One last thought: Taking a high quantity of zinc in supplement form displaces copper. So if you are taking high doses of zinc, graying hair may be a sign that you really need copper replaced, not exclusively for vanity but also for health. Isn’t it amazing how the body communicates with us, telling us exactly what it requires for optimal health!