What does your hair colour say about your health?

What does your hair colour say about your health?

If you want to get some insight into your mental and physical wellbeing – look no further than your hair! The colour of one of our most noticeable traits can actually be a very interesting indicator of potential health issues for women. Whether you are blonde, brunette or red, you can have your own set of health considerations, according to colour.

Fair-haired females are especially prone to developing age-related macular degeneration AMD, an eye condition that can causes blindness. A diet rich in the natural compounds lutein and zeaxanthin can help fend it off (have a cup a day of green veg like spinach). Blondes also produce less melanin which gives skin its colour and helps shield it from harmful UV rays. This leaves their skin (and scalps) at a higher risk for melanoma, so if your blonde, a hat and sunblock are your best friends in the sun. Of course, on the plus side, it’s an indisputable fact that gentlemen prefer blondes!

For brunettes, visible hair loss is an issue, as your body produces less hair strands than those with blond or red hair. When brown hair follicles die therefore, they leave behind more noticeable thin patches. Low iron can contribute to hair loss, so 18 milligrams a day can help to prevent it. The good news for brunettes is that men prefer them when it comes to long-term relationships according to Florida State University research, which found men prefer brunettes as serious mates, seeing them as more reliable and steady.

For the red-heads out there, an inherited DNA mutation can make them resistant to general and local anesthetics. In fact, redheads may need up to 20 percent more pre-surgery numbing than blondes or brunettes. A recent Harvard study also found that redheads have an almost 90 percent greater chance of developing  Parkinson’s, possibly because of that same gene mutation. Research has shown however, that folic acid might delay the progression of the illness and a multivitamin has all the folic acid most women need. Alternatively, get your fill naturally with spinach, asparagus, lettuce or lentils. Of course, one of the great things about being red is that stereotype of being a red-hot lover. Recent Clairol research shows nearly 40 percent of people said they’d go scarlet for a day if they could.

 

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