Beauty, Hair, Lifestyle

5 Best Foods for Hair Growth

As we grow older, we notice several things growing weak with the years. Naturally, we all want our skin, hair, and bodies to stay young and sharp. Most of the damage happens to the hair especially after dying it throughout the years, over and over again. Shampoos also have some effects on the hair as well as the number of times we shower it during the week.

It is a myth that the more you wash your hair, the better it is. What you are doing is making it weaker with more breakage, and in some cases even more oily.  

Our hair grows around 0.5 inches (1.25 cm) per month, and 6 inches (15 cm) per year. How fast it grows depends on factors like age, health, genetics and diet. Now factors like age and genetics cannot be changed, diet is one thing you have control over. In fact, consuming a diet lacking the right nutrients can lead to hair loss.

On the other hand, eating a balanced diet with the right nutrients can help promote hair growth, especially if you’re experiencing hair loss due to poor nutrition.

After our research, here are the 5 best foods we discovered for you to eat to help in your hair growth.

1. Eggs:

Eggs are a great source of protein and biotin, two nutrients that promote hair growth because hair follicles are made of mostly protein. A lack of protein in the diet has been shown to promote hair loss.

Biotin is essential to produce a hair protein called keratin, which is why biotin supplements are often marketed for hair growth. Research has also shown that consuming more biotin can help improve hair growth in people with a biotin deficiency.

Eggs are also a great source of zinc, selenium and other hair-healthy nutrients. This makes them one of the best foods to consume for optimal hair health.

2. Berries:

Berries are loaded with beneficial compounds and vitamins including vitamin C, which has strong antioxidant properties.

Antioxidants can help protect hair follicles against damage from harmful molecules called free radicals. These molecules exist naturally in the body and the environment.

For example, 1 cup (144 grams) of strawberries provides an impressive 141% of your daily vitamin C needs.

Also, the body uses vitamin C to produce collagen, a protein that helps strengthen hair to prevent it from becoming brittle and breaking. What’s more, vitamin C helps the body absorb iron from the diet. Low iron levels may cause anemia, which has been linked to hair loss.

3. Spinach:

Spinach is a healthy green vegetable that’s loaded with beneficial nutrients like folate, iron, and vitamins A and C.

Vitamin A helps the skin glands produce sebum helping in the moisturizing of the scalp to keep hair healthy. A cup (30 grams) of spinach provides up to 54% of your daily vitamin A needs.

Spinach is also a great plant-based source of iron, which is essential for hair growth. Iron helps red blood cells carry oxygen throughout the body to fuel your metabolism and aid growth and repair.

iron deficiencies have been linked to hair loss.

4. Fatty Fish:

Fatty fish like salmon, herring and mackerel have nutrients, mostly omega-3 fatty acids, which have been linked to hair growth.

A study in 120 women found that taking a supplement containing omega-3 and omega-6 fatty acids as well as antioxidants reduced hair loss and increased hair density.

Another study found that taking a fish oil supplement significantly reduced hair loss and increased hair growth in women with thinning hair.

Fatty fish is also a great source of protein, selenium, vitamin D3 and B vitamins helping hair become strong and healthy hair.

5. Sweet Potatoes:

Sweet potatoes are a great source of beta-carotene. The body converts this compound into vitamin A, which is linked to good hair health. A medium sweet potato (about 114 grams) contains enough beta-carotene to provide more than four times your daily vitamin A needs.

Vitamin A could also speeds up the rate of hair growth and encourage the growth of thicker hair, all while preventing other hair follicles from regressing.

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