Nutrition is very important for your body, and that applies to your hair too. There are certain nutrients that can help your hair in many different ways. We’ll explore 10 of those specific nutrients and how you can get them from various foods.
- Omega-3 Fatty Acids
Want that shiny mane you see on all the models? Omega-3 fatty acids can help. Salmon and other fish are great ways to get those fatty acids in your diet.
- Vitamin B5
If you’re struggling with hair thinning and loss, B5 may be just what you need. You’ll find lots of vitamin B5 in greek yogurt.
- Vitamin A
Vitamin A promotes a healthy scalp. The best place to get this vitamin is through dark leafy greens like spinach.
- Vitamin C
Vitamin C can prevent your hair from breaking. But don’t just turn to your closest orange, try a guava! Guava will give you more than your recommended daily serving of vitamin C.
Too little iron can contribute to hair loss. Increasing iron by eating beef, shellfish and dark leafy greens can help. You can also find iron fortified cereals, grains and pastas.
Without enough protein, hair growth can slow down or even stall. It’s important to eat lean protein which contains less saturated fat. Great options for protein include poultry products such as turkey and chicken.
- Beta carotene
Beta carotene is an antioxidant that helps protect against dull, dry hair. Sweet potatoes and carrots are easy ways to add beta carotene to your meals.
- Circulation/Blood Flow
Getting the blood flowing to the scalp will always be a benefit to your hair. Sure you could get a daily head massage, but you can also add a little spice to your foods. Add cinnamon to your morning oatmeal, shake or even coffee to give your circulation a boost.
Biotin is a B vitamin that can help thicken your hair. You can find biotin in eggs, which also help cover your protein and iron needs. Scrambled or over easy, eggs are good for your hair.
Zinc helps the cells that build hair, which means more fullness to your mane. But where do you find Zinc? Oysters! You can also get Zinc in beef and crab.
So next time you reach for the fork, take a quick look at your plate and see if what you’re eating is helping, or hurting, your head.
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