What to Eat for Healthy Hair

Someone with beautiful hair is obviously born with it, right?  Or maybe they just use great products.  Although genetics,  products, and proper hair maintenance are key, beautiful healthy hair often starts with your diet. Below are some of the best foods for achieving beautiful locks:

Avocado: The avocado has often been touted as the miracle hair food.  It is rich in vitamins B and E which are key for promoting a healthy scalp as well as stimulating hair growth.  They are also a great source of healthy monounsaturated fats which will plump up those strands and moisturize hair follicles leading to thicker, stronger hair.

Garbanzo Beans:  Garbanzo beans are a good source of protein. Protein is necessary for all cell growth, including hair cells. Hair gets its structure from hardened proteins called keratin. Without enough protein for keratin, hair grows more slowly, and the individual strands that do grow are weaker. Garbanzos also contain manganese which can prevent hair from changing pigmentation…turning gray.

Cilantro: Cilantro is considered a purifying food, it helps your body quickly eliminate toxic metals which can stop important nutrients from reaching the scalp.  Without the right nutrients hair can become dull, lifeless, and even fall out.

Lentils: Lentils are high in iron, iron brings oxygen to hair follicles and promotes full lustrous hair.

Bell Peppers: Bell peppers are high in vitamin C which helps your body in absorbing iron.  Vitamin C is also used to form collagen, a structural fiber that helps our bodies hold everything together, it keeps hair healthy for optimum growth.  Without enough vitamin C hair can become dry and brittle, breaking easily.

Oysters: Oysters have high levels of zinc.  The mineral zinc is involved in tissue growth and repair and that includes hair growth.  It also helps keep the oil glands around the hair follicles working properly. Low levels of zinc can cause hair loss, slow growth, and dandruff.

Walnuts: Walnuts are a good source of omega-3 fatty acid. Your body can’t make those fatty acids, which it needs to grow hair.  Omega-3s are found in cell membranes in the skin of your scalp, and in the natural oils that keep your scalp and hair hydrated. Walnuts are also high in biotin and vitamin E  which helps protect your cells from DNA damage…for hair that means protection from sun damage.  Last walnuts contain copper which helps keep your natural color rich and lustrous.

Sweet Potatoes: Sweet potatoes are a great source of the antioxidant beta carotene, which your body turns into vitamin A.  Vitamin A is necessary for all cell growth, including hair. It also helps protect and produce the oils that sustain your scalp.  A deficiency can lead to dry, dull, lifeless hair and dandruff.

 

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