5 Food Items for Hair GrowthTuesday November 20, 2018 at 2:03 pm
Hair is the biggest determinants of looks. And we all need strong, healthy hair. Healthy hair has several characteristics – they are strong, don’t fall off much, grow fast and thick etc. But hair growth is affected by a number of factors like age, diet, health, and genetics. Of these, diet is one thing most easily controllable. And thus we bring you 5 food items that will help hair growth:
Spinach is full of several nutrients like iron, Vitamin A, Vitamin C etc which are all known to help hair growth. Let us consider how each of these nutrients helps. Iron is important to the whole body as it helps to produce RBCs or Red Blood Cells which carry oxygen to different part of the body including your scalp and scalp needs oxygen to produce hair. Lack of Iron can cause anemia which in turn can cause hair loss.
Vitamin A helps skin glands produce an oily substance while is body's in-built moisturizer for scalp and this is vital in keeping hair healthy. You can have your daily requirement of Vitamin A by consuming 55 grams of spinach.
Vitamin C has strong antioxidant properties and can help protect hair follicles against some particular toxicants. Another way vitamin C helps your hair is by letting your body digest iron from your diet.
And Spinach has all of those ingredients and this is the natural favorite to top our list of 5 food items for hair growth
Hair growth is all about proteins. And eggs are the best source of proteins. Biotin present in eggs helps in the production of a hair protein called keratin which helps hair growth. In fact, the importance of biotin for hair growth can be gauged from the fact that biotin supplements are marketed as hair growth products. We do not recommend taking these supplements as long as you are taking a balanced diet. Eat a healthy amount of eggs and you will get all the biotin you want. Anything extra is useless.
Berries are a very crucial and rich source of Vitamin C - the importance of which we have already discussed above. On an average, a hundred gams of berries will be enough to meet your daily vitamin C needs.
4. Fatty Fish
Fatty acids like omega-3 and omega-6 have been shown to help reduce hair loss and increase hair density. These fatty acids are available in abundance in fatty fish like Salmon, herring, mackerel etc.
5. Sweet Potato
We have always discussed the importance of vitamin A for hair growth. Now sweet potato like spinach are a rich source of Vitamin A. On an average, the daily requirement of Sweet Potato will be met by consuming about 30 grams of sweet potato.
Kindly note that while all these food items are healthy for almost everyone, you will have to factor in for allergies, personal health condition etc. We have talked about nutrition requirements above – but they are general. Each body has its own specific needs and those needs must be met accordingly. We thus recommend experimenting on your diet based on information give above on trail and run basis until you get the right fit.
Often the loss of hair or lack of hair growth is caused by lack of one or more of these nutrients and the best way to deal with the problem is by meeting that deficiency through consumption of food rich in that or those nutrients. There are supplements of these nutrients available in the market, but we highly recommend correcting your deficiency through a natural diet.
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