Healthy hair is beautiful hair! Help your tresses grow strong and radiant by keeping these essential nutrients in your diet.
Why? Fatty acids help support supple, soft, nonbrittle hair.
Found in: Avocado, sardines, walnuts, flaxseeds.
Why? Protein's essential amino acids are vital to hair growth.
Found in: Lentils, chicken, lean cuts of beef, fish, eggs, Greek yogurt, broccoli, kale.
Why? These minerals are known to be important as co-factors in hair growth.
Zinc is found in: Brazil nuts, pumpkin seeds, pecans, fresh oysters, eggs.
Silica is found in: Asparagus, mangoes, cucumbers, beans, celery.
Why? Copper is a mineral necessary for the enzymatic production of melanin, which gives hair its native color.
Found in: Kale, spinach, mustard greens, shiitake mushrooms, cashews.
Why? Vitamins A and C encourage your body's production of sebum, a natural conditioning oil that prevents dry hair and an itchy scalp.
Vitamin A is found in: Sweet potatoes, carrots, cantaloupe, mangoes, pumpkin seeds, apricots.
Vitamin C is found in: Oranges, pineapple, strawberries, red peppers, blueberries.
Why? Recent studies indicate it's important for hair growth.
Found in: Shiitake mushrooms, fortified milk, salmon.
Why? Helps hair follicles produce keratin (hair's major protein) and fights DNA damage from ultraviolet radiation via sun exposure.
Found in: Soybeans, nuts.
Why? "As the body pumps out insulin in response to the rise in blood sugar, it also raises levels of androgen, a male hormone that can make the hair follicle shrink in both women and men," says hair restoration expert Robert Dorin, DO.
Found in: Cookies, soda, candy, many processed foods.
Why? High-glycemic foods trigger a similar bodily response as sugars; too much can eventually lead to hair thinning.
Found in: White rice, starchy white breads, pastas, bagels, white potatoes.
Why? Fish with a high mercury content can lead to hair loss.
Found in: Large species like swordfish and mackerel.
What to eat and avoid for healthy hair (via @deliciousliving) #naturalbeauty #nutrition
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