Mature Market Experts Stat of The Day: Scientists Discover What Makes Your Hair Go Gray

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Mature Market Experts: more mature market news and stats more often – Scientists Discover What Makes Your Hair Go Gray – In a nation obsessed with staying young, hair products and hiding your gray is big business. In fact, the hair-care industry that will be worth about $42.5 billion worldwide by 2010, according to a market report published last year by Global Industry Analysts. And now that business is about to get a new twist. According to British researchers our hair turns gray as a result of our bodies building up too much hydrogen peroxide, a chemical our bodies naturally produce. “Hydrogen peroxide, which is produced naturally in the human body, interferes with melanin, the pigment that colors our hair and skin.

The body also produces the enzyme catalase, which breaks down hydrogen peroxide into water and oxygen. Or at least it does for a while. As we age, catalase production tails off, leaving nothing to transform the hydrogen peroxide into chemicals the body can release. So, as hydrogen peroxide builds up, we go gray, concluded researchers at the University of Bradford in the United Kingdom, who last week published the results of a study in the Federation of American Societies for Experimental Biology’s online journal.”

Source: MSNBC

Interestingly, some people are bucking the trend. The Today Show has posted a photo gallery where gray and proud can post their photos with comments.

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