Rapunzel had a secret. And so does every other human who loves their hair. But unfortunately, in today’s age of consumerism, such secrets are limited to herbal elixirs or hi-tech treatments. You may be surprised to know that specialists have scientifically linked the health and appearance of your hair with components of a balanced diet including an optimal blend of proteins, vitamins, and various minerals.
Every strand of hair is mostly made of protein, which implies your hair needs protein to develop. At any given time, around 90% of your hair is in the developing stage which is usually going on for 2 to 3 years. Towards the end of this period, each follicle enters a resting stage that keeps going around 3 months before they are shed and replaced by new hair. If you still don’t feel the importance of a balanced diet, your hair grays faster. Eggs, chicken, oily fishes, oysters, nuts and dairy products are the best sources of protein.
For healthy hair, Vitamins are the 2nd most essential nutrient in your balanced diet chart.
Vitamin A prevents dull or dry hair and dandruff by naturally conditioning the hair and skin with sebum. It’s found in green leafy veggies and also sweet potatoes, carrots, asparagus, and pumpkin.
Vitamin C helps in the absorption of iron that is again connected with follicular health. Blueberries, strawberries, guava, kiwi and citrus fruits are rich in Vitamin C.
Vitamin E protects your hair from sun damage by helping repair and builds follicular tissue. Have nuts, spinach, avocados and sunflower for Vitamin E.
Hair follicles are fed by nutrients from blood vessels in the scalp. A deficiency of iron and folate in your body causes anemia that hampers this nutrient supply to cause reduced hair growth and hair loss. Apart from vegetarian options like lentils, spinach, broccoli, kale and other salad greens even red meat and fish can optimize the daily dietary iron needed to improve your hair.
Omega-3 fatty acids
By aiding the production of sebum or the natural oil from the scalp’s glands, Omega-3 fatty acids help in conditioning and moisturizing the hair from within. Rich sources of Omega-3 are avocado, pumpkin seeds, walnuts and oily fishes like salmon, herring, sardines, trout and mackerel.
Zinc and Selenium
These trace minerals help control hair fall and also boost hair growth. They are mostly found in meat liver, butter, garlic, oysters, and legumes.