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 Posted 1/1/2012 7:15:44 AM
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Perhaps topical lithium...it's also good for seb. derm.

Mol Med Report. 2011 Dec 22. doi: 10.3892/mmr.2011.732. [Epub ahead of 
print] 

Effects of lithium on oxidative stress parameters in healthy subjects. 

Khairova R, Pawar R, Salvadore G, Juruena MF, de Sousa RT, Soeiro-de- 
Souza MG, Salvador M, Zarate CA, Gattaz WF, Machado-Vieira R. 

Experimental Therapeutics, Mood and Anxiety Disorders Program, 
National Institute of Mental Health, National Institutes of Health, 
Bethesda, MD 20892, USA. 

Increased neuronal oxidative stress (OxS) induces deleterious effects 
on signal transduction, structural plasticity and cellular resilience, 
mainly by inducing lipid peroxidation in membranes, proteins and 
genes. Major markers of OxS levels include the thiobarbituric acid 
reactive substances (TBARS) and the enzymes superoxide dismutase 
(SOD), catalase (CAT) and glutathione peroxidase. Lithium has been 
shown to prevent and/or reverse DNA damage, free-radical formation and 
lipid peroxidation in diverse models. This study evaluates OxS 
parameters in healthy volunteers prior to and following lithium 
treatment. Healthy volunteers were treated with lithium in therapeutic 
doses for 2-4 weeks. Treatment with lithium in healthy volunteers 
selectively altered SOD levels in all subjects. Furthermore, a 
significant decrease in the SOD/CAT ratio was observed following 
lithium treatment, wich was associated with decreased OxS by lowering 
hydrogen peroxide levels. This reduction in the SOD/CAT ratio may lead 
to lower OxS, indicated primarily by a decrease in the concentration 
of cell hydrogen peroxide. Overall, the present findings indicate a 
potential role for the antioxidant effects of lithium in healthy 
subjects, supporting its neuroprotective profile in bipolar disorder 
(BD) and, possibly, in neurodegenerative processes. 

PMID: 22200861 [PubMed - as supplied by publisher] 

http://www.ncbi.nlm.nih.gov/pubmed/22200861 

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I think I will reverse my grey hair on next Monday, about time I finally do it.

Assuming it actually works I'll explain what I did. I have high hopes for it working considering what I have recently noticed in my blood test results.

What I noticed was that my tryptophan level was very high and my tyrosine level was very low. I think I know how to fix both and if it works then I will likely be producing sufficient melanin again.

I'm waiting until Monday due to taking a SpectraCell nutrient test at that time.

Update: I forgot to mention the reason I am so optimistic is, that via doing things I now better understand, I have made myself significantly more grey over the past year. I think I understand what is going on now and think I have started to reverse the process as of Oct 3. If it works it will probably take at least a month to actually be noticeable.


My SpectraCell test showed that I was low in both B6 (active) and copper. I've been working over the past couple months to lower my Zinc level, which was high, but so far taking more copper has interestingly not raised my serum copper level. I'm currently up to 7mg/day copper intake. I may have to drop my Zinc intake even more (32mg currently from previous 52mg), since the serum level is still around 110-115. I have ordered 'Only Trace Minerals' (w/ 20mg Zinc) to ensure I am getting a good quality mineral pill to replace my current one.

The quoting seems a bit off on this post...
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Funny how L'Oréal's research director Bruno Bernard, who promised us for years they were coming out with some kind of breakthrough anti-grey product that actually worked is now touting a wrinkle miracle cream that L'Oreal will release this year. 

This guy never stops. 

There was an article on this in the UK's Daily Mail.  What was funny to read were all the women who posted comments on the article expressing tremendous doubt given the company's track record for promising anti-aging 'breakthroughs.' 

From the sound of it, the company has a not so good reputation for overpromising and underdelivering with more than just the grey hair stuff.

They sure are big on press releases.  My guess is this works as brand awareness for them.  Even if you never come out with a breakthrough, you get the company's name all over the place and hopefully increase your sales for your current product lines.
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Well, gosh … I know the answer … I thought every informed person did:  Eat green leaves — the darker green, the better.  Ann Wigmore had no grey hairs at age 82.  (She was the wonderful physician who introduced us to wheatgrass juice.)  At age 65, I have almost no grey hairs; and people are always asking me why.  With apologies and all due respect to Life Extension, quit looking for supplements to reverse grey hair, and start eating your greens.  Check out Victoria Boutenko's Green for Life, for more information on how we are meant to eat lots of green leaves.

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Even at 8mg/day copper my copper level is still not even at midrange normal, its still at only 100 ug/dL (range 70-155). I have read claims online that excess zinc can displace copper in the body, and if that happens to actually be true it may be a while before I get my body copper level back up to normal. I started taking excessive levels of zinc last year before I got a blood test for it, which lead to my hair greying quite a bit more in a short time. So far no change in hair color with the extra copper but I still have hopes that it might eventually, lol.
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Yes, that's true about high amounts of zinc.  Carl Pfeiffer said it can take three to four months for high tissue levels of copper to normalize when one starts taking zinc, and this in my opinion may be how long it would take for zinc to normalize.
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Re:  Dark Greens will reverse grey hairs!

Gary Null was also a big proponent of 'just eat wheatgrass and greens to cure all your ills (including grey hair), and as it turned out less than 10% of people polled on Null's program claimed ANY reversal of grey hair.


There are tons of people who eat tons of greens and have grey hair.   There are also several claims on the I-net that raw food diets reverse grey hair.   And for every person who claims that raw foods reversed their grey hair, there are thousands that can't make that claim.

What you're talking about is phytonutrients, and phytonutrients will not reverse grey hair for the vast majority of people.  

Just because one lady who is out to sell books claims it worked for her doesn't make it some physiological law.

It's a good idea to eat more foods rich in phytonutrients but anyone who truly expects to have it reverse the greys is a sucker for a $9.95 cure-all book.
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Even at 8mg/day copper my copper level is still not even at midrange normal, its still at only 100 ug/dL (range 70-155). I have read claims online that excess zinc can displace copper in the body, and if that happens to actually be true it may be a while before I get my body copper level back up to normal. I started taking excessive levels of zinc last year before I got a blood test for it, which lead to my hair greying quite a bit more in a short time. So far no change in hair color with the extra copper but I still have hopes that it might eventually, lol.


I forgot to mention if you do have a copper deficiency issue and intend to supplement extra like I have it is probably not a good idea to take more than 2-3mg at a time. When I was taking 4mg at a time it caused nausea, but it is fine at 2mg 4 times a day.
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Copper or zinc are best consumed with a meal for that reason.
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