Sunday, June 26, 2011

Coconut

Massaging the scalp with coconut oil has long been used as a therapy for greying hair.

Coconut Oil, being very stable and highly resistant to oxidation, helps protect against free-radical generation. It also protects other oils from oxidizing, thus reducing their acidifying effects. 
In addition, coconut oil enhances the body's absorption of calcium and magnesium, both of which are alkalizing minerals. Coconut oil, there fore, has an alkalizing effect on the body. Coconut meat and milk are also alkalizing. Coconut contains many enzymes like monitol, albumin, catalase, oxydase, lignin and tartaric acid. 


A shortage of catalase, a common enzyme found in nearly all living organisms, has been recently found to be the main culprit in causing grey hair. The role of this enzyme is to catalyse the conversion of hydrogen peroxide to water and oxygen. 
Nourishment 
Your hair needs the following nourishment:
  • Vitamin A - vitamin A is necessary for promoting a healthy scalp and gives body and glow to your hair. Include dark green vegetables and orange & yellow fruits & vegetables in your diet.
  • Vitamin B - vitamin B regulates the secretion of oil, keeps hair healthy & moisturized. Eat more of fresh green leafy vegetables, tomatoes, cauliflower, cereals, liver kidney, yogurt, bananas and green vegetables.
  • Minerals - minerals like zinc, iron & copper promote healthy hair. Food sources: zinc - red meat, chicken & green vegetables; iron - beef, dried apricots, red meat, parsley, eggs, wheat & sunflower seeds; copper - seafood, egg yolk & whole grains.
  • Proteins - consuming more of protein gives your hair natural shine and good texture. Include more of sprouted whole grains, cereals, meat and soy in your diet.

Catalase works closely with superoxide dismutase to prevent free radical damage to the body. SOD converts the dangerous superoxide radical to hydrogen peroxide, which catalase converts to harmless water and oxygen. Catalases are some of the most efficient enzymes found in cells; each catalase molecule can convert millions of hydrogen peroxide molecules every second. 
Oral supplements are available for SOD, catalase, and glutathione peroxidase; however, these substances may be digested in the intestine before they ever reach the bodily tissues. Giving the body extra amounts of the building blocks it requires to make these natural antioxidants, such as manganese, zinc, copper, and selenium, may be a more effective way to increasing their presence in the body.


2 comments:

  1. Sources please! Where did you find out the enzyme composition of coconut meat?

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