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TUESDAY, February 23, 2010

Pill promises to get rid of your gray hair

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SAN DIEGO, Calif. (CBS 8) - These days there's a pill for just about everything, and now that includes a new pill that promises to get rid of gray hair. The product is called Go Away Gray, and News 8 talked to a San Diego woman who says the pills got to the root of her problem within just a few weeks.

Blame it on age or genetics, but there comes a time when gray hairs start to pop up. Up until now, people either painfully plucked the grays away or spend money dyeing their hair at salons.

Kate Osborn started going gray five years ago.

"I was able to see little 'prickles', I would call them, and that was really starting to irritate me," Kate said.

For the past month and a half, Kate's been taking two pills a day from an all-natural product called Go Away Gray.

The pill's creator Cathy Beggan says the secret ingredient is an enzyme called catalase that reacts to your body's natural production of hydrogen peroxide.

"As we get a little bit older we don't produce enough catalase and then the hydrogen peroxide cannot be broken down and that bleaches your hair from the inside out, turning it gray," Beggan said.

Beggan's pills also contain vitamin B-6, folic acid, saw palmetto and L-tyrosine.

"They all sound pretty natural but not knowing that tyrosine goes into adrenaline and tyrosine goes into thyroid hormones could land someone in trouble taking too much of it," nutritional biochemist Jay Foster said.

Foster says too much L-tyrosine can be a problem for people with medical conditions, and a lack of catalase in a person's body could be a sign of bigger issues.

"Our experience is that we have enough enzyme molecules in there and if they are not active, it may be a mineral deficiency like a copper deficiency or another deficiency that may be blocking the catalase from working," Foster said.

The bottom line from Foster is that he's skeptical.

"It's something that will work for some people and not for others," he said.

But Kate Osborne is a believer. After three weeks of pills she says her gray went away.

"Yes, thank God, it's amazing," she said.

As always, check with your doctor before taking an over-the-counter supplement. Go Away Gray will be sold at Rite-Aid and CVS starting this summer, or you can buy the pills on their website.

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