The nutrients you eat today help fortify the hair follicle from which each strand is born and the scalp surrounding it. “Healthier the follicles, healthier will be hair. Healthier the scalp, healthier will be the hair,” said Dr Kavish Chouhan, the director of DermaClinix – The Complete Skin and Hair Solution Center.
Of course, there are many more things that are responsible for hair loss. Smoking, hormonal imbalance and inadequate sleep can also affect the look and feel of hair. No magical nutrient can undo the hair loss. But, having a proper nutritional diet can provide strength to your hair and thus, reduce the hair loss to some extent.
These nuts are different from other nuts as they have a considerable amount of Omega-3 fatty acids. They are also rich in Biotin and Vitamin E, which helps in protecting your cells from DNA damage. It has been found that the lack of proper biotin can cause hair loss, so consumption of walnuts is beneficial. In addition to this, walnuts have copper, a mineral that helps to keep your natural hair color rich and lustrous.
Lack of Vitamin A can make your scalp itchy and flaky. Sweet Potatoes are a great source of the antioxidant Beta Carotene, which is converted into Vitamin A by the human body. It helps to protect and produce the oils that uphold your scalp, and at last, make your scalp dandruff-free. Other options available are carrots, mangoes, apricots, cantaloupe and pumpkin.
Apart from protein, eggs have four other key minerals: Zinc, Iron, Sulfur and Selenium. “Iron is mandatory for hair growth. It helps the cells to carry oxygen to the hair follicles. Moreover, too little iron (anemia) is found to be a major cause of hair loss,” Dr Amrendra Kumar, Another Director of DermaClinix says. Beside eggs, chicken, beef, fish and pork are also rich in iron.
The iron, beta carotene, vitamin C and foliate present in spinach aids in keeping hair follicles healthy and scalp oils circulating. Other than spinach, you can also rely on nutrient-rich dark, leafy vegetables such as kale, broccoli, and Swiss chard.
Tiny but mighty, these legumes are rich in protein, zinc, iron and biotin, making it a great staple for vegans, vegetarians and meat eaters. Consuming beans such as Soybeans and Kidney beans in your soup or salad is also a nice option.
The dairy products like Yogurt have hair-friendly protein, Vitamin B5 (pantothenic acid- an ingredient you’ll usually see on hair care product labels) and Vitamin D. Other options are Cottage cheese, skim milk and low-fat cheese.
Exotic super fruits may come & go, but when it comes to Vitamin C, this fruit is second to none. Blueberries have Vitamin C in high quantity, which is vital for circulation to the scalp and encourages the tiny blood vessels that feed the hair follicles, and thus, prevent the hair breakage.
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