Today scientists announced that they know what makes human hair turn gray. The alleged findings were reported in the Federation of American Societies for Experimental Biology’s (FASEB) annual journal.
The team of scientists behind the research say that our hair essentially bleaches itself from the inside out, through a process that is driven by the catalase enzyme.
Within your hair, your body naturally has hydrogen peroxide present. The amount varies in person to person, and may be attributed to natural ‘highlighting’ some people with darker hair colors experience in the sunlight.
At some point in time, our bodies experience a decrease in catalase, an enzyme that typically buffers and breaks down hydrogen peroxide in the hair. With the excess hydrogen peroxide doing damage, and other enzymes in the hair now running low due to all the excessive hydrogen peroxide, hair is essentially ‘bleached’ to gray from the inside out!
If this alleged finding can stand up to our scientific scrutiny over time, it will be truly wonderful as it will reveal another part of the aging process that was placed upon us by divine design and a part of our fall from grace, but eventual redemption.