Cause of gray hair and actual ageing

  1. I have learned that a catalase increase may help feed peroxide and reduce gray hair but on the other hand human ageing states that its heme-Fe increases automatically overtime. These two "facts" really confuses me. Could you help me explain this ? Thank you.
     
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  3. As we age their is less of the chemical that keeps the hair dark!

    We need to find out this chemical!
     
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  4. Evo

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    The chemical is melanin.

    http://chemistry.about.com/od/howthingsworkfaqs/f/why-does-hair-turn-gray.htm
     
  5. Do all the cells die off?
     
  6. Chronos

    Chronos 9,933
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    Just the colored ones.
     
  7. Think You!
     
  8. Tell me about the colored one's?
     
  9. Chronos

    Chronos 9,933
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    Melanocytes is the short answer. The produce the pigments that color hair. When they die out you get grey hair. It is not necessarily age related.
     
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