Can What You Are Eating Slow the Greying Process? The Answer is Pretty Much a NO

Personally, I don’t see it happening. Eating the foods included here is beneficial to your health but whether it stops or slows the graying process is a moot point!

In the interests of you, my faithful readers, I shall share the information I have and you can make up your own mind. But in reality, this is about eating a well-balanced diet with everything in moderation! Anti-oxidant nutrition is the key.


Walnuts are rich in biotin (also known as vitamin H), vitamin E, folate, melatonin, and omega-3 oils. They also contain the minerals calcium, iron, magnesium, phosphorous, potassium, sodium, zinc, copper, manganese, and selenium.

Walnuts provide a variety of health benefits and there are some who say the copper in walnuts will stop hair going grey; they are certainly amazingly rich in copper and 1 cup contains 93 percent of the Dietary Reference Intake (DRI). But are you really going to eat one cup of walnuts a day? There is no evidence that proves or disproves this theory.

Copper is needed for melanin production in the hair; besides walnuts, these foods are also rich in copper: organ meats especially beef liver, mushrooms, shellfish like oysters and clams, nuts like almonds and cashews. Or you could get a colloidal supplement (colloiodal minerals liquid). This link will explain the benefits of colloidal minerals which are used as a supplemental source of trace minerals and as a dietary supplement to increase energy. This is one of Amazon’s top sellers, NOW Colloidal Minerals Liquid, so you know it’s good.


There are apparently many experts who say high levels of zinc are important in keeping colour in your hair; shrimp, prawns, spinach, pumpkin seeds, flax seed, kidney beans are all zinc-rich foods along with other shellfish, seeds and cheese.

Shrimp contains high levels of Zinc and surprisingly, provides other benefits: they’re a high quality protein, are low in calories and are a source of antioxidants! Fruits and vegetables are usually the best source of antioxidants, but shrimp have a good sized dose of an antioxidant that helps fight inflammation in the body.

There is no evidence that Zinc plays a significant role in hair colour, but  you can always take it as part of your overall supplementation. Try Neurobalance – Brain Function Supplement ; it supports mental performance, mood, sleep, and hormonal balance.

Clams, Liver, Salmon et al.

Keep your levels of vitamin B12 where they should be; low levels can lead to dry, thinning hair. It may (may) lead to prematurely greying hair but it will definitely lead to tiredness and shortness of breath.

Again, there is no evidence that it will directly impact your hair colour; just a lot of hearsay. Although it’s a fact that B12 does help thinning hair.

Look at taking Bronson Vitamin B Complex  as a supplement. Highly recommended, it is a slow release supplement which is less likely to cause tummy upsets.


Yes, low levels of Folic Acid (usually linked to pregnant women) can cause premature grey hair. Adequate Folic acid (a water-soluble B vitamin), in conjunction with other B vitamins helps in controlling premature greying of hair, by keeping your red blood cell count at a normal level, keeping the hair healthy.

Low levels of Folic Acid can cause grey hair! Supplementing with Folic Acid, returns your hair to its normal colour …

Eat lots of broccoli, asparagus, beans, peas and lentils. If it’s all too difficult, try Women’s Daily Multivitamin Supplement ; it’s non-GMO, natural and gluten & dairy free.

And the Don’ts …

Refined sugar;
not only does it speed the aging process, it may (there’s that word again!) speed up the greying process.

Super bad for the aging process AND research a couple of years ago in Chicago found a direct link between smoking and going grey before 30.

We don’t usually recommend supplementation without consultation with someone who knows what you really need. I am a great believer in what is called alternative medicine; to me it’s the original form of medicine. So I suggest you find a herbalist or a homeopath or naturopath, or even a medical doctor with real nutrition knowledge.

Final note: Don’t forget to get some sunshine. There is Vitamin D in hair follicles and it’s important to keep it topped up; as we age, levels of D drop and you may just need supplementation taking something like NatureWise Vitamin D3 ; which are a 12 month supply of soft gels. Your doctor may write a prescription (waste of money) OR, you can just sit in the sun for 20 minutes every day!


  1. Jean Churchill says

    I had bowel cancer a while back, and then chemotherapy. It wasn’t advised to colour my hair as the chemicals used for chemo are toxic. My hair then reverted to it’s natural colour, which turned out to be silver and grey. I’ve had more compliments on my hair colour since then, than I ever had in my life before. I occasionally put some very bright pink highlights just for the heck of it.

    • Penelope Whiteley says

      I’m glad to hear you’re fully recovered Jean and you heeded the advice not to colour your hair; the damage hair dye can cause is really bad!
      I’m also glad to hear your hair came back as such a lovely colour … you lucky girl! Love the idea of pink highlights … you go girl!!!

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