Why Stress Makes Your Hair Gray

author avatar Dr. Eric Berg 08/31/2023


Have you noticed a few grey hairs recently? Here’s why stress makes your hair grey and what to do about it.


0:00 Introduction: Why does stress cause grey hair?

0:16 Causes of grey hair

0:35 Why stress causes grey hair

1:55 What to do for grey hair caused by stress

2:16 Share your success story!

Let’s talk about how stress can potentially turn your hair grey. Of course, other things can cause grey hair, like the normal aging process and genetic factors. But, there are epigenetic factors, which are above your genes, and you may be able to do something about your genes through your nutrition, environment, and more. But what about premature greying because you’re going through too much stress?

In the hair follicle, you have stem cells, which create pigment. When exposed to chronic stress, you get an elevation of noradrenaline. Noradrenaline is the precursor of adrenaline.

They found that noradrenaline causes stem cells to migrate away from the hair root and into the skin. So, you lose your stem cells and, with them, the ability to keep your hair pigmented. The key is to keep your stress low.

How to keep your stress low:

• Sleep more

• Exercise more

• Take vitamin B1 regularly (nutritional yeast)

• Identify the cause of the stress and do something about it

DATA: https://www.nature.com/articles/s41586-020-1935-3


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