PHOENIX - Can a gray hair cure exist? According to a group of European scientists, it can, and it's closer than you think.
A report published in The FASEB Journal identifies the cause of gray hair as the depletion of an enzyme called catalase, which breaks down hydrogen peroxide.
According to the 2,411-person study found that a buildup of hydrogen peroxide in hair causes graying. The enzyme catalase combats this, but people produce less of this enzyme as they age.
Researchers tried to develop a gray hair cure by applying a topical pseudo-catalase called PC-KUS to affected areas.
Strangely enough, the study was initially conducted to treat vitiligo, a condition that causes depigmentation of skin. During the study, researchers stumbled upon the pseudo-catalase's ability to also act as a gray hair cure.
"For generations, numerous remedies have been concocted to hide gray hair," said Gerald Weissman, editor-in-chief of The FASEB Journal. "Now, for the first time, an actual treatment that gets to the root of the problem has been developed.
It's unknown at this time if or when the gray hair cure will be made available to the public.