The Best Foods For Your Hair

The food you eat can make your hair shine with a healthy glow. The benefits of a proper diet can save you money on hair products and do wonders for the rest of your health. Here are some suggestions and why.

Salmon

Fish is full of protein, which is the chief component of hair. Oily fish like salmon contains beneficial omega-3 fatty acids that can help prevent a dry scalp, as well as vitamin B-12 and iron.

Beef, lamb, and oysters

These foods can supply your body with zinc, which can give your hair a boost.

Chicken and turkey

Poultry is packed with protein; it’s also rich in iron.

Eggs

Eggs are another food that’s rich in protein; they’re also a good source of vitamin B-12 and biotin.

Milk, yogurt, and cheese

Dairy products are plentiful sources of calcium and protein. Choose low-fat or fat-free versions so your waistline and hair can both benefit.

Nuts

Cashews, pecans, and almonds are full of zinc. Walnuts contain zinc too, along with alpha-linolenic acid. And Brazil nuts provide the mineral selenium, which can help keep your scalp healthy and dandruff free. Many nuts contain B vitamins as well.

Flaxseed

Add ground flaxseed to cereal to boost your consumption of beneficial omega 3.

Sunflower seeds

Great benefits for your hair because of its B vitamin content.

Olive oil

This healthy oil contains beneficial vitamin E, so use it for your sautés as well as your salads.

Lentils and kidney beans

Legumes like these supply the protein your hair needs for growth; in addition, they provide iron, zinc, and the B vitamin biotin.

Whole grains

Whole grains are full of B vitamins, iron, and zinc. The foods to choose are whole-grain breads, breakfast cereals, and pasta. Other good whole-grain sources are oatmeal, brown or wild rice, buckwheat, and popcorn – butter-less.

Avocado

Eat avocado to get a good dose of vitamin E and several other natural benefits

Broccoli, spinach, and chard

Dark green leafy veggies are full of vitamins A and C. Your body uses these foods to produce sebum, the oily secretion on your scalp that works like conditioner. These veggies also pack iron and calcium.

Carrots, squash, and sweet potatoes

The vitamin A in orange vegetables can help keep your scalp healthy.

Cauliflower and cabbage

These vegetables provide silica, a mineral that may help protect your hair against loss and breakage.

Onion and garlic

Your hair will benefit from the bioflavonoids contained in these flavorful allium vegetables.

Oranges and grapefruit

All the citrus fruits are good sources of vitamin C, which helps your body absorb iron.

Water

Drink plenty of water to keep your hair and body well hydrated.

Good hair nutrition begins with getting enough protein, which is the building block of your hair. Then you need complex carbohydrates to help assemble the proteins for good hair growth. If your body has a limited number of nutrients, your body sends those nutrients to the cells essential for life. Your hair is the last one in the food chain.

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