Grey hair is something that a lot of us tremendously fear. I believe the phobia of going grey stems from a fear of aging, and perhaps even ageism itself, however it’s a bit ridiculous how fearful so many of us are of seeing our hair turn grey considering just about all of us will experience this at some point in life.
I read an article from The Good News Network that presents fascinating findings pertaining to grey hair caused by stress, and whether it not it can be reversed if sources of stress are eliminated. If you’re terrified of going grey because of stress, check it out.
“… a new study from researchers at Columbia University Vagelos College of Physicians and Surgeons is the first to offer quantitative evidence linking psychological stress to graying hair in people.
“And while it may seem intuitive that stress can accelerate graying, the researchers were surprised to discover that hair color can be restored when stress is eliminated, a finding that contrasts with a recent study in mice that suggested that stressed-induced gray hairs are permanent.
“The researchers, whose study was published June 22 in eLife, analyzed individual hairs from 14 volunteers. The results were compared with each volunteer’s stress diary, in which individuals were asked to review their calendars and rate each week’s level of stress.
“The investigators immediately noticed that some gray hairs naturally regain their original color, which had never been quantitatively documented, Picard says.
“When hairs were aligned with stress diaries by Shannon Rausser, second author on the paper and a student in Picard’s laboratory, striking associations between stress and hair graying were revealed and, in some cases, a reversal of graying with the lifting of stress,” the article explains.
I’m aware that the functions of the human body really are astounding, but reading this information heightened this belief for me even more.
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