If one of your resolutions this year is to take better care of your hair, you’ve probably started by researching miracle cures in the form of lotions and potions. Stop right there. Whilst a good hair care routine is vital to achieving healthy hair, products alone won’t elevate you to hair hero status. You need to eat more too. Doesn’t sound too bad hey?
Your hair grows about 1/4 to 1/2 inch every month, and the foundation of all of our new hair, skin and nail growth is the nutrients we eat. Eating a healthy diet, rich in certain foods will help you to grow stronger, healthier cells throughout your entire body, inside and out.
So here they are, our top 10 foods you need to start eating now.
As well as fatty acids, fish boasts high supplies of iron and vitamin B12, both of which are essential to skin and hair health. Meanwhile, rich sources of protein and vitamin D – which you can also absorb from the sun – improve hair strength and prevent breakage.
One of the most powerful beauty-boosters on the planet are oysters, which contain highly concentrated levels of nourishing vitamins and minerals − including hair strengthening folic acid, iron protein and skin-clearing selenium and zinc - for a relatively tiny amount of calories.
Similarly, eggs are hair-enhancing mineral bombs just waiting to be consumed. As well as containing many of the minerals and vitamins oysters contain, they are also rich in biotin, which helps to improve lustre. In fact, if you take a peek at the label on the back of your shampoo or conditioner, you might just find biotin listed in the ingredients, too.
Nuts in general are fantastic sources of hair-enhancing vitamins and minerals, but walnuts are considered among the very best for nourishment. This is because they contain a potent blend of omega-3 fatty acids, biotin, protein, vitamin E and copper, which protects hair against the harmful rays of the sun by acting as a sort of shield.
There are so many reasons you should always say, ‘Yes’, to eating chocolate – particularly if it’s the antioxidant-rich, dark, high-cocoa variety. Need another one? The protein, iron and B-vitamins it contains are fabulous for your hair.
Sweet potato is similarly wonderful for maintaining lustrous locks. The orange root vegetables are packed with beta-carotene, which converts to vitamin A when it is digested. This promotes hair growth and improves the circulation of oxygen to the hair follicles through the scalp.
The vitamin A contained in carrots helps the scalp to produce sebum oil, an important fluid that provides natural hydration to dull, dry locks.
Broccoli is a real hair hero, as its rammed full of essential vitamins and minerals, including folic acid, zinc and calcium, which is an important nutrient for growth and strength.
They’re just great for everything, aren’t they? Including hair, thanks to concentrated sources of antioxidants, particularly vitamin C.
Low fat Greek yoghurt is full of strengthening protein, calcium, vitamin D and vitamin B5 (which you might find in the ingredients list on the back of your haircare products, cunningly disguised as pantothenic acid).
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