Gray Away Salad
Genetics aren’t the only determining factor in how quickly your gray hairs will begin taking over. Did you know that a number of nutritional deficiencies could actually be the culprit? Add foods that contain essential vitamins and minerals to maintain your vibrant natural color and enjoy additional health benefits for good measure. See the Gray Away Salad recipe below!
1. Blackstrap Molasses. It is rich in selenium, manganese, and zinc which are antioxidants and well-known for their anti-aging benefits. One of the immediate benefits of adding blackstrap molasses to your diet is softer and smoother skin and hair. Just one tablespoon of molasses contains 20 percent of our recommended daily intake of the essential trace mineral copper. Though copper is toxic in high quantities, when consumed in moderation it helps the body to produce melanin, the pigment responsible for hair color. This copper content is the reason why so many people, even the over 70 crowd, find that their hair returns to its original color after regular blackstrap consumption. Some have discovered that blackstrap molasses can even stimulate hair regrowth!
2. Chocolate. Here’s just another excuse to reach for the chocolate. Semisweet chocolate happens to be rich in copper. Lentils and mushrooms also contain a good amount but aren’t quite as much fun to eat!
3. Water. Not many people realize but not getting enough water can be at the root of your gray hairs. Lack of moisture and hydration prevents nutrients from reaching hair follicles, which can turn them grey.
4. Pineapple. This yummy fruit also happens to offer a high copper content. So get a taste of the islands and help save yourself from having a gray day.
5. Leafy Greens. Reach for dark leafy greens to boost your essential B vitamins. Your scalp needs Vitamin B-6 and B-12 to make red blood cells which transport oxygen and nutrients. Hair color is also all about hormones and Vitamin B-2 is an important player in hormone production.
6. Berries. Blackberries and strawberries are another way to get Vitamin C. Vitamin C will aid in collagen production strengthening hair follicles and fighting free radicals which have been linked with the aging process.
7. Almonds and Pumpkin Seeds. For simple snack full of Vitamin E and copper, reach for these seeds. They’re convenient and super good for you.
Gray Away Salad:
- Leafy Green Lettuce
- Sliced Strawberries
- Pineapple bits
- Sliced Almonds
Molasses Dressing or Marinade:
1/2 cup of lemon juice
1/4 cup molasses
2 tbsp. olive oil
1 to 2 tsp. prepared mustard
2 tbsp. minced onion or shallot
1 tsp. lemon zest (grated rind)
1/4 tsp. salt
Pepper to taste
Combine the lemon juice, molasses, olive oil and mustard in a small bowl and whisk until well blended. Stir in the onion or shallot, lemon zest, salt and black pepper and whisk again.
Note: Use dressing over salad greens or as marinade for grilled chicken, pork, seafood or vegetables. Store in refrigerator.
So remember to drink a big glass of water with your salad and finish the meal with some decadent dark chocolate and you won’t have to wash that gray right out of your hair!
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Don’t like the taste of Molasses? You can also take it in supplement form.
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