Healthy hair: Best foods for strong, thick and long hair

Thick long healthy hair

Do you have a personal challenge to see just how long your hair can get? Or your hair growth isn’t doing you any favors? It may also be that, you just want to be able to throw your hair into a ponytail again. Most people are eager to get their hair grow faster at one point or another. But do you know you just amend your diet for a healthy hair?

While treatments and shampoos do play a role in maintaining healthy hair, the secret to thick, shiny, strong and long hair is a healthy diet.That’s why we went to professionals to find out exactly how to get our hair to grow by making changes to our diets.

Diet for healthy hair

Thick and long healthy hair

1. Vitamin C

Vitamin C aids the absorption of iron. Foods rich in vitamin C are good to eat in coupled with iron-rich foods. It is also an antioxidant so is used readily by the body. The best sources are blackcurrants, blueberries, broccoli, guava, kiwi fruits, oranges, papaya, strawberries and sweet potatoes. Vitamin C helps in the production of collagen which strengthens the capillaries that supply the hair shafts.

2. Spinach and other green leafy vegetables

Deficiency of iron is the main cause of hair fall. Spinach is a not only a great source of iron but also vitamin A, C and protein. It also contains sebum which acts as a natural conditioner for hair and provides us with omega-3 acid, magnesium, potassium and calcium. These help in maintaining a healthy hair which is strong, long and thick.

3. Carrots

They are known to be very good for the eyes. They contain Vitamin A that also improves hair growth. Lack of vitamin A may lead to dry and itchy scalp. Carrots are known to add to thickness of hair, improve blood circulation and strengthen the hair. Additionally, it also protects hair from harsh conditions such as pollution.  Also it helps prevent breakage of hair and hair fall leading to a long, shiny thick and healthy hair.

4. Biotin

Biotin is a water-soluble B vitamin. Too little biotin can cause brittle hair and may lead to hair loss. Include biotin rich foods such as whole grains, liver, egg yolk, soy flour and yeast.

5. Eggs

As hair is made of protein, ensuring you have enough protein in your diet is crucial for healthy hair. Lack of enough protein in your diet, can make your hair to become dry, brittle and weak. Extremely low protein diets may result in restricted hair growth and even hair loss. Eggs as excellent sources of protein for healthy hair.

6. Walnuts

Walnuts contain biotin, B vitamins (B1, B6 and B9), Vitamin E, plenty of protein and magnesium. This strengthens hair cuticles and nourish the scalp. It also helps protect your cells from DNA damage which may be caused due to sun exposure.

7. Sweet potatoes

Beta carotene protects against dry, dull hair. It stimulates the glands in your scalp to make an oily fluid called sebum. Orange coloured fruits and vegetables such as Carrots, pumpkin, cantaloupe, mangoes and sweet potatoes are a great source of this.

8. Omega-3 fatty acids

Omega-3 fatty acids are important fats our body cannot make itself. Due to this, it must be obtained through our diet. Omega-3s are found in the cells that line the scalp. They also provide the oils that keep your scalp and hair hydrated. Look out for oily fish such as salmon, herring, sardines, trout and mackerel and plant sources including avocado, pumpkin seeds and walnuts.

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