There’s nothing quite so depressing as looking in the mirror to see a head full of grey hair, unless you happen to have the right skin tone to match. Some people are lucky but the rest of us tend to look like all the life has drained out of our faces. Being concerned about grey hair is not just a matter of vanity though because it can also be a sign of nutritional deficiencies.

Did you know that a lack of B vitamins, especially B12, iron, copper and tyrosine can steal the colour right out of your hair? Before you reach for the supplements or the dye, a healthy diet full of unprocessed food, oils, nuts, seeds, green leafy vegetables and organ meats might be a better bet. They are all chock full of the vitamins and minerals needed for healthy skin and hair.

BSM for Greys

One of the best things to take for reversing grey hair seems to be BSM, aka blackstrap molasses. Molasses is the stuff that is left over after all the fibre, sugar and water has been removed from sugar cane. It is, in effect, concentrated minerals and vitamins. Molasses is considered by many to be a panacea, not just for hair but for anaemia, acne, reflux, digestive problems and low energy levels.

BSM contains trace amounts of copper which plays a vital role in the enzyme processes involved in the production of melanin – the pigment responsible for colouring hair and skin. High fructose corn syrup, found in thousands of processed foods and beverages, depletes copper stores. No wonder so many people are copper deficient.

The copper in molasses generally occurs in trace amounts and you probably won’t even see it listed on the label. Fortunately, the body only needs minute amounts.

How to take BSM

Molasses is a bit of an acquired taste, especially if you have a penchant for sweetness. Try mixing it with Coconut Oil or put it in your coffee, smoothies and oatmeal porridge. Alternatively, put 2 teaspoons of apple cider vinegar, 1 teaspoon of molasses and a squeeze of fresh lemon into warm water and drink.

I have started eating it straight off the spoon!