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Vitamins That Help to Prevent Gray Hair

Updated on November 30, 2019
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A Botany graduate, Nithya Venkat enjoys researching and writing about topics that interest her.

Fruits are rich in vitamins
Fruits are rich in vitamins | Source

Graying of hair is a natural process that takes place as we grow old. The color of our hair is due to the pigments present in the hair strands.

As we age the production of pigments that are responsible for hair color reduces. As the production of the pigments reduce your hair loses color.

Lack of certain vitamins can result in the reduction of these pigments and cause premature graying of hair. We can get these vitamins the natural way through foods that we eat or through vitamin supplements.

Intake of the following vitamins can help to slow down graying of your hair -

How does hair get its color?

The hair consists of two parts, the root below the scalp and shaft above the scalp.

The root of the hair is enclosed in a cup-like structure called the follicle. The root grows out of the scalp into long thin hair strands. These strands are also known as shafts.

The hair follicle has cells called melanocytes that produce melanin; this pigment melanin is responsible for hair color.

As the hair grows out of the scalp, the melanocytes keep producing and injecting the melanin pigment into the hair cells thus giving color to the hair strands.

What happens as we grow old?

As we age the cells that produce the color pigment melanin die and the production of melanin decreases. Due to this hair starts to gray.

Other factors that can cause gray hair are the lack of vitamins, climate, pollutants, toxins, exposure to chemicals and genetic defects.

Internal Structure of Hair
Internal Structure of Hair | Source

Vitamins That Help To Prevent Gray Hair

The following vitamins help to slow down the appearance of gray of hair -

Vitamin B6

Vitamin B6 also known as pyridoxine, prevents premature graying of hair and gives the hair a beautiful shine. It helps to boost the production of melanin.

Vitamin B6 is found in abundance in animal meats, beef, chicken, and tuna. Fruits such as bananas, pineapples, prunes, and avocados are rich in vitamin B6.

Vitamin B7

Vitamin B7 is also known as Biotin. Biotin prevents premature graying of hair by producing a protein called keratin. The protein keratin helps to prevent graying and thinning of hair. Foods such as whole grains, brown rice, peanuts, walnuts, milk, cheese, and yogurt are rich in vitamin B7.

Vegetables such as sweet potatoes, carrots, cauliflowers, and fruits such as bananas, raspberries, and avocados are also rich in vitamin B7.

Vitamin B5

Vitamin B5 also known as pantothenic acid, helps to prevent gray hair by boosting the production of melanin. Foods such as meats, egg yolks, brewer’s yeast, and whole-grain cereals are rich in vitamin B5.

Vitamin B9

Vitamin B9 also known as folic acid, helps to prevent premature graying of hair by increasing the production of melanocytes that produce the hair color pigment melanin.

Foods such as beans, legumes, spinach, broccoli, fortified cereals, and bread are rich in folic acid.

Vitamin E

Vitamin E helps to improve the blood circulation to the scalp and keeps the scalp healthy. When this happens, the melanocytes get the required nutrition and can keep producing melanin that prevents graying of hair.

Foods such as soybean, spinach, broccoli, avocados, sunflower seeds, and almonds are rich in vitamin E.

Tips to Prevent Gray Hair

Stress is one of the leading causes of gray hair. Eliminate the stress factor as a much as you can.

Wear a cap while swimming to prevent chlorine damaging your hair. Chlorine has a bleaching effect on hair strands and can cause premature graying.

Use a shampoo and conditioner that suits your hair.

Stop smoking. Smoking causes premature aging and can make your hair turn gray.

Drink water and keep yourself hydrated. If your body is dehydrated, the nutrients will not be able to reach the hair follicles.

Exercise regularly. Exercising will help to increase blood circulation to the scalp and hair follicles.

Make sure to include vitamins that help to prevent and slow down graying of hair in your diet.


This content is accurate and true to the best of the author’s knowledge and is not meant to substitute for formal and individualized advice from a qualified professional.

© 2014 Nithya Venkat


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    • Vellur profile imageAUTHOR

      Nithya Venkat 

      5 years ago from Dubai

      dghbrh thank you for your visit, share and the vote up, much appreciated.

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      5 years ago from ...... a place beyond now and beyond here !!!

      Very useful and enlightening hub here. Thank you for this share. Shared and voted up.

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      Nithya Venkat 

      5 years ago from Dubai

      RTalloni thank you and am glad you find my hub useful.

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      5 years ago

      Interesting to read more about these vitamins. You offer tips that are useful for general good health as well as for greying hair.

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      Nithya Venkat 

      5 years ago from Dubai

      Rehan Ahmad thank you and am glad you found my hub useful.

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      Rehan Ahmad 

      5 years ago from United States

      Thanks a lot for sharing the such useful info to check the graying hair. Also once i came to know that stay awake till late also cause in graying hair so I started to sleep early and automatically I started to wake up early.

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      Nithya Venkat 

      5 years ago from Dubai

      Lady_E thank you.

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      5 years ago from London, UK

      I honestly wasn't aware that there was a vitamin to deal with this. Very useful to know.

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      Nithya Venkat 

      5 years ago from Dubai

      Thelma Alberts thank you.

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      Thelma Alberts 

      5 years ago from Germany and Philippines

      Awesome tips! I did not know about those vitamins preventing premature graying hair. Thanks for sharing this useful information.

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      Nithya Venkat 

      5 years ago from Dubai

      night hag thank you and yes it is great to keep the hands of time at bay.

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      K.A.E Grove 

      5 years ago from Australia

      always good to know how to prevent looking healthier and keep the hands of time at bay...

      great hub thanks so much, its time to reevaluate my vitamins :)

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      Nithya Venkat 

      5 years ago from Dubai

      midget38 thank you!!

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      Michelle Liew 

      5 years ago from Singapore

      Hair that has this color is scary! Informative, Nothya.

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      Nithya Venkat 

      5 years ago from Dubai

      cclitgirl thank you and yes stress accelerates graying of hair!!

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      Cynthia Calhoun 

      5 years ago from Western NC

      Awesome tips - ones that complement a healthy lifestyle. :)

      Also, I've heard of blackstrap moleasses helping with graying of hair, but I don't know if it's an "urban legend."

      Stress is the big one for me: when I get stressed, I swear I get five new sprouts of gray hair a day! haha.

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      Nithya Venkat 

      5 years ago from Dubai

      rajan jolly thank you for your visit.

      suzettenaples thank you, yes as you say it is never too late.

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      Suzette Walker 

      5 years ago from Taos, NM

      What an interesting and informative hub. I didn't know that certain vitamins could slow the graying process of hair. Well, I ate the right foods to get Vitamin B6. I grayed at a natural pace, I guess, but could have used this article 30 years ago. LOL! Thanks so much for the information - it is never to late. Voted up+ and shared.

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      Rajan Singh Jolly 

      5 years ago from From Mumbai, presently in Jalandhar, INDIA.

      Useful tips. You make a lot of valuable points here Nithya. Thanks.

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      Nithya Venkat 

      5 years ago from Dubai

      teaches12345 thank you for your visit. Thanks for the pin too, much appreciated.

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      Dianna Mendez 

      5 years ago

      I love your tips on preventing gray hair, if only I had them years ago! Good information for all women to have and to follow! Pinning on my board!

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      Nithya Venkat 

      5 years ago from Dubai

      DeborahNeyens thank you for your visit, yes do take your vitamins.

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      Deborah Neyens 

      5 years ago from Iowa

      Interesting! I guess I will have to start taking my vitamins. : )

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      Nithya Venkat 

      5 years ago from Dubai

      CrisSp thank you, grey roots keep popping up really fast.

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      5 years ago from Sky Is The Limit Adventure

      Interesting! Coincidentally, I just dyed my hair today. Stubborn grey roots keep on popping! Maybe, I should try those vitamins.

      Good, useful, informative hub. Thank you.

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      Nithya Venkat 

      5 years ago from Dubai

      torrilynn thank you, yes preventing gray hairs is always a plus!

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      5 years ago

      Thanks for the hub. Preventing gray hairs is always a plus and necessary to keep up with self maintenance. Voted up.

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      Nithya Venkat 

      5 years ago from Dubai

      Shyron E Shenko thank you for stopping by, the vote and share. Glad that your hair has not grayed and vitamins do help a great extent.

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      Shyron E Shenko 

      5 years ago from Texas

      Vellur, this is very useful information. I take all the vitamins you have mentioned and have for years. Maybe that has helped.

      Voted up, UAI and shared.



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      Nithya Venkat 

      5 years ago from Dubai

      midget38 thank you for your visit. Chitra thank you for sharing my hub.

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      Michelle Liew 

      5 years ago from Singapore

      Thanks for sharing, Chitra!

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      Nithya Venkat 

      5 years ago from Dubai

      ChitrangadaSharan thank you for the vote up and share.

      rasta1 thank you, take care.

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      Marvin Parke 

      5 years ago from Jamaica

      I must be really stressed, because I am staring to get grey hairs. Good Hub.

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      Chitrangada Sharan 

      5 years ago from New Delhi, India

      Very useful information shared by you!

      I do take Vitamin B Complex, but some of the details you mentioned above, I was not aware of.

      Thanks for sharing, voted up and shared!

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      Nithya Venkat 

      5 years ago from Dubai

      AliciaC thank you and am glad you enjoyed.

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      Linda Crampton 

      5 years ago from British Columbia, Canada

      Thanks for sharing the useful information and tips, Vellur. I enjoyed reading this interesting hub.

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      Nithya Venkat 

      5 years ago from Dubai

      travmaj thank you and yes drinking water can become difficult in chilly weather.

      always exploring thank you for your visit and great that you getting your vitamins.

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      Ruby Jean Richert 

      5 years ago from Southern Illinois

      I'm afraid i've reached that point of graying hair. I was unaware of vitamins B7,9 and 5. The rest i take. Great article, very informative..

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      5 years ago from australia

      Most informative, I was't aware that vitamins could help hair turning grey. Some good advice too, I really have to drink more water, always difficult when the chilly weather appears.Thank you, most interesting...

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      Nithya Venkat 

      5 years ago from Dubai

      Faith Reaper thank you, vitamins help in many ways. Thank you for your visit and vote up.

      Jackie Lynnley wow that is cool! thank you for sharing about your aunt.

      Nell Rose thank you and am glad you came to know about this. Thanks for the vote up too.

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      Nell Rose 

      5 years ago from England

      Great info Vellur, I never realised that vitamins could stop the process of hair going grey, amazing! voted up!

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      Jackie Lynnley 

      5 years ago from the beautiful south

      I do take B & E and multiples. I had an aunt who fell and was paralyzed and apparently since she could not feed herself she was given all these good things to keep her healthy and I would never have believed it if I hadn't seen it but not only did her short grey hair grow to the floor but it turned solid black which was her natural color! So it is also reversible.

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      Faith Reaper 

      5 years ago from southern USA

      Hi Vellur,

      Wow, I had no idea that gray hair could be prevented. This is a great hub, very insightful. I have been so bad about not drinking enough water each day, but I am making amends. The B vitamins and E are certainly great vitamins to take.

      Up and more and away


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      Nithya Venkat 

      5 years ago from Dubai

      LupitaRonquillo thank you for stopping by and sharing the information.

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      5 years ago

      Wheatgrass juice has been confirmed to reverse gray hair..

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      Nithya Venkat 

      5 years ago from Dubai

      DDE thank you and yes vitamins do help to prevent graying of hair.

      billybuc thank you for your visit and yes we can slow down and prevent premature graying of hair.

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      Bill Holland 

      5 years ago from Olympia, WA

      I started graying when I was twenty-five...I think it is too late now for me to worry about it. LOL I didn't even know you could prevent it...interesting article.

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      Devika Primić 

      5 years ago from Dubrovnik, Croatia

      I did not think one could prevent gray hair from having the vitamins as mentioned. Interesting and useful.


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