We all love our hair. (Or we hate it.) We preen over it for way too long in the morning, we spend months deciding on a new cut or color, and definitely think our luscious locks add to our feminine wiles. But apparently, our hair can even alert us to possible health risks. Check out what your natural hair color could say about your well being, courtesy of Women’s Health:
- You’re at risk for developing age-related macular degeneration (AMD), an eye condition that can lead to blindness. Eat food rich in lutein and zeaxanthin, like kale, spinach, and snow peas.
- Blondes are also at the highest risk for melanoma. Make sure you wear a full-spectrum SPF 30, and wear a hat in direct sunlight. Check out some of our favorite eco-friendly hats here.
- Yikes — brunettes are at a higher risk for losing their hair. When brown hair follicles die, they leave behind more noticeable patches than the other hair colors. Make sure you’re eating enough iron, because low iron can contribute to hair loss.
- Melanin is the reason for your rich, chocolate-y locks — and it could be the reason you’re addicted to nicotine. Melanin prevents the liver from quickly metabolizing nicotine, which means it’s in your system longer. The best solution is to never start smoking in the first place, but if you’re already hooked, make sure you get 75 milligrams of vitamin C daily to keep your liver in good shape.
- You might need a little extra Novocain the next time you find yourself in the dentist’s chair. The same DNA mutation that gives you that amber mane also makes you resistant to local and general anesthesia.
- The same gene mutation could also make you 90% more likely to develop Parkinson’s disease. Folic acid could delay the progression of Parkinson’s, so take 400 micrograms a day — which is probably the amount in the multivitamin you’re already taking.