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Monday, May 27, 2013

Eat this for Healthier and Stronger Hair

What you eat can make your hair healthy and shiny or it wreak havoc on your locks. To find out which foods will help keep your locks full, beautiful, shiny and healthy, read on.

1) Protein

You need to have enough of it in your diet to support hair growth because more than 90 percent of our hair is made up of protein. The best sources of protein are meat, poultry, fish, eggs, and dairy products. If you're a vegetarian, protein can be obtained from eating soybeans, nuts and seeds.

2) Beta-carotene

A protein synthesizer, beta-carotene may encourage hair growth and may help prevent hair loss so make sure you get lots of this antioxidant. You'll find this in most fruits and vegetables.

3) Vitamin A

This vitamin helps make your scalp healthy.  You'll find this in most orange fruits and veggies — cantaloupe, apricots, squash, sweet potatoes, carrots and broccoli are also great sources of vitamin A.

4) The B Vitamins

The nutrients in B vitamins (B3, B5, B6 and B12) may help promote hair growth and prevent hair loss premature graying and breakage. Include poultry, beef, fish, eggs, whole grains, beans, sunflower seeds, peas, nuts, leafy green vegetables, and fortified breads and cereals in your diet to make sure you get your daily dose of B vitamins.

5) Biotin

When your scalp becomes itchy and scaly that means you lack Biotin. Consume biotin-rich meats, fish, eggs, dairy foods, nuts, whole grains, and molasses to keep your scalp healthy.

6) Vitamin C

This vitamin helps your body absorb iron. Plus, it helps keep your blood vessels healthy, helps prevent hair breakage, and promotes hair growth. Get your daily supply from all the citrus fruits, berries and melons.

7) Vitamin E

This vitamin encourages hair growth and aids in circulation. You'll find E in green vegetables, olive oil, whole grains, beans, nuts, and avocados.

8) Vitamin K

This vitamin that can be foundt in seafood, eggs, liver, dairy products, green vegetables, figs, cabbage, oatmeal, yogurt, and wheat can promote hair health.

9) Para-aminobenzoic acid

If graying hair is your problem, this nutrient might help. Yogurt, whole grains, and some organ meats like liver are rich in para-aminobenzoic acid.

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