Eat your way to stronger hair: Experts reveals 10 foods that boost hair growth

DECCAN CHRONICLE
Published Feb 8, 2018, 1:47 pm IST
Updated Feb 8, 2018, 1:47 pm IST
Hair loss can be down to hormonal changes, a medical condition, stress or nutritional deficiencies. 
Hair loss can be down to hormonal changes, a medical condition, stress or nutritional deficiencies. (Photo: Pixabay)
 Hair loss can be down to hormonal changes, a medical condition, stress or nutritional deficiencies. (Photo: Pixabay)

Most of us have troubles with our hair, whether it's texture, volume or shine.

However, a team of experts have revealed that now one can improve their hair with just eating the right foods.

 

Losing one's hair can be stressful but certain dietary changes can help stop this, according to the team at Neal's Yards Remedies.

The team consists of naturopaths, herbalists and nutritional therapists who recommend eating foods with antioxidant flavonoids (which strengthen hair follicles), iron-rich foods (which boost red blood cells), and protein and silica-abundant foods (which promotes hair growth).

Hair loss can be down to hormonal changes, a medical condition, stress or nutritional deficiencies. 

These natural experts revealed ten foods that will help you get better hair:

Mango 

The 'king of fruits' contains the mineral silica, which helps strengthen hair and promotes growth.

Mango also has vitamins A, B6, and C, and having two medium-sized slices of mango as a snack or after a meal should be useful for hair.

Soy beans 

A imbalance of the hormone known as dihydrotestosterone (DHT) is said to contribute to hair loss.

Eating soy-rich foods like edamame beans and tempeh, inhibits the formation DHT. 

Soy is rich in iron, omega-3, vitamin B2, magnesium and having 75 gms of soy a week should help your hair.

Eggs 

Collagen that surround hair strands keeps them from breaking, however as we age the production goes down and leads to hair loss.

Eggs are full of protein and boost collagen production. They also contain vitamins A and D, carotenes, lutein, zinc, protein.

Eating eggs four times a week is advisable to improve your hair.

Kelp 

Kelp has nutrients like iron and the amino acid L-lysine, which directly affect hair growth. 

A deficiency in both can cause hair loss. Having 10 gms of kelp daily supplies you with Iron, L-lysine, zinc, vitamins B2 and B5, folate, magnesium, thus promoting hair growth.

Figs 

Figs contain iron, potassium, magnesium, vitamins A and E which are essential for healthy hair growth and shiny locks. 

To get maximum impact, it is advisable to have two figs daily.

Flaxseeds 

Sprinkling a teaspoon of flaxseeds over your food daily, or eating it as a snack helps your hair from drying out and becoming weak.

The seeds are rich in Omega-3, vitamin B1, magnesium, phosphorus and selenium.

Pumpkin seeds 

These protein-rich seeds contain zinc, iron, phosphorus, magnesium, manganese and copper, which supports cellular reproduction and enhances immunity, leading to hair growth.

Berries 

Berries are naturally high in vitamin C, which boosts collagen production, improves scalp circulation, and aids iron absorption. 

Vitamin C's antioxidant action protects follicles from free-radical damage.

Berries are rich in potassium, and it is best to have a handful daily for healthy hair.

Avocados 

Avocados are rich in vitamin E, which increases oxygen uptake and boosts scalp circulation.

They contain Vitamin E, potassium, omega-9, B-vitamins and folic acid, thus promoting healthy hair growth.

Experts advise eating one medium avocado up to four times a week.

Leafy greens 

Eating leafy green vegatables promotes keratin production, which is a protein that helps strengthen follicles.

Eating a 100 gms of greens daily provides one with Vitamins A, B, C and K, potassium and folate.





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