Food and diet are not only tied to your waistline, but they can also affect your hair! We are betting that most women would love to have longer, shinier, stronger or just overall healthier hair. We’ve recapped the top foods that will pass on their benefits to your mane. Enjoy!
This one is a given. Hair is made up of protein. So eating protein rich foods such as meats, nuts, eggs and cheeses will give your hair the boost it needs. According to WebMD, “Without adequate protein or with low-quality protein, one can experience weak, brittle hair, while a profound protein deficiency can result in loss of hair color.”
Iron is the second best hair nutrient according to QuickCare.org. You can find a healthy supply by eating liver, whole grain cereals, dark green leafy vegetables, eggs, dates and raisins.
The B vitamin family (B6, B12 and folic acid) all contribute to blood flow. Ehow.com points out that restricted blood flow can affect hair growth and retention. These vitamins are found in bananas, eggs, whole grains, soybeans and leafy vegetables.
Essential Fatty Acids
Salmon is a double-duty food that is packed with Omga-3 fatty acids and vitamin B12. It’s not your only source of essential fatty acids. You can also find them in walnuts, flax seed, canola oil and soy. “Essential omega-3 fatty acids are needed to support scalp health,” says Andrea Giancoli, MPH, RD, a dietitian in Los Angeles and a spokeswoman for the American Dietetic Association
Zinc helps support healthy hair growth. We’ve all heard the rumors about oysters but did you know they’re also filled with the powerful antioxidant? You can find zinc in many meats such as poultry, beef, oysters, crab and lobster, as well as baked beans, yogurt and cashews.
They call it the incredible, edible egg…and eggs made it on this list three out of five times! They even contain a bonus, Biotin. We declare eggs the ultimate good follicle food!