Healthy hair is a product of healthy eating. And while some women can get away with eating unhealthy foods without their hair suffering, others aren’t as lucky. It’s almost a no-brainer which foods are probably detrimental to healthy hair (think the same foods that are unhealthy for your figure). Still, just as there are foods bad for your hair there are plenty that are proven to prevent split ends, retain growth, add luster, and improve texture.
So before you re-up on your monthly hair vitamins try adding these foods to your grocery list and begin implementing them into your diet. They naturally provide all the ingredients of hair vitamins, and usually more.
Ultimately when you increase your intake of these healthy foods, you should try to decrease your intake of those tasty, but unhealthy foods full of sugar, sodium, and unhealthy fats. While there are a variety of foods that provide you with the extra nutrients needed for healthy hair, here are seven key foods to get you started.
Most hair vitamins are equipped with large doses of biotin. Biotin is a B vitamin essential to hair growth and good for your scalp. So what foods are rich in biotin? Raspberries, blueberries, and blackberries, are all high in biotin. Not to mention, they’re usually loaded with antioxidants for healthy, glowing skin. So if you have a sweet tooth, have a hand full of berries instead of a candy bar.
When some people think of spinach, they think of that hard to eat vegetable forced upon them by their moms as a kid; but mom was on to something serving this healthy side dish. Maybe she wasn’t thinking about hair when she was whipping it up for dinner, but as an adult looking to maintain healthy hair, you can consume spinach, which is full of Vitamin A, C, and lots of iron and calcium.
Besides being considered an aphrodisiac that’s pleasing to the senses, oysters are also pleasing to your hair follicles. Full of zinc, which is an antioxidant, oysters aid in protecting the hair from the follicle. Lack of zinc is known to lead to hair loss, so eat oysters and other foods full of zinc to prevent a zinc deficiency.
Eggs contain biotin but are also packed with protein, an essential part of hair growth. While many homemade conditioners are made with eggs, it’s important to actually eat them to grow healthy hair from the inside, out. If you’re on a diet or a vegetarian, you can ditch the yellow part of the egg and opt for egg whites.
Vitamin C is needed for a variety of healthy body function, so it’s no surprise that the vitamin does wonders for hair. Vitamin C contributes to the creation of collagen, which circumvents the hair from splitting and breaking. There are plenty of fruit high in Vitamin C, but Kiwi is packed with both Vitamin C and biotin.
Who knew that potatoes could be good for you? Unfortunately this doesn’t include your favorite McDonalds fries. Sweet potatoes are full of beta-carotene, almost as much as carrots. Beta-carotene in foods is converted to Vitamin A, which is essential for hair cell growth.
It’s important to note that while Vitamin A is extremely important to your overall health, it’s also one of the few vitamins that can become dangerous if taken too much.
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