11 Best Foods for Hair Growth
Ever so often, we wonder about the best foods that can be eaten for maximum hair growth. AND I hasten to add, that it is not only about hair length but most importantly, in my opinion – it should be all about hair health. I have come in contact with a lot of people – men and women who yearn for super-foods that can ‘change’ their hair starting from the inside out.
There are lots of super-foods that WILL change or maximize the health of your hair. The ‘change’ will most likely be less possible because we all have ‘genes‘ which dictate the hair ‘state’ when we are born – the texture, color and the volume.
Without further ado, let’s look at a few foods that will make your tresses radiant. They are in no particular order of importance, so please do not focus on that. Just keep in mind that your focus should be on the goodness that is afforded from eating these foods in a more or less (hopefully, more) habitual dietary intake.
Hmmm…anyone for spinach, hold your hands up please! This is a powerful vegetable. It is loaded with folate and iron. Folate is a B Vitamin which helps making red blood cells and iron. Without enough iron, the cells do not get enough oxygen and this leads to anemia. This will most likely affect the whole body causing fatigue and even hair loss. Not only is this plant a source for hair growth and cell formation, but the whole cell structure of our bodies.
I LOVE lentils and most of the members of the peas and beans family. They are a fabulous source of plant iron-rich protein. Protein is necessary for all cell development, including hair cells. Hair gets its structure from hardened proteins called keratin. Insufficient protein for keratin leads to slower growing and weaker hair strands.
Bananas are rich in potassium and insufficient amounts of potassium can lead to health risks as well as hair loss. Eating bananas are easy and sweet. Alexis Antonellis, a stylist at the New York City-based Oscar Blandi Salon, insists it’s one of her best tips for clients desiring amazing tresses. “Eat plenty of bananas!” says Antonellis. “I’ve been eating them for as long as I can remember.”
Red, yellow, and green bell peppers are a colorful and tasty source of Vitamin C – which helps to ensure that there is enough iron in the red blood cells to carry oxygen to the hair follicles. These peppers have 5 times more Vitamin C than oranges. Collagen – a structural fiber that helps our bodies keep things in place, is also aided by Vitamin C. Hair follicles, blood vessels, and skin all need collagen for optimal growth. Vitamin C helps to strengthen the shaft and hair follicles. Insufficient Vitamin C can also result in dry and brittle hair.
Salmon has a good amount of Vitamin D and proteins necessary for a strong head of hair. It also has omega-3 fatty acids which helps to keep to keep your hair, skin and nails healthy.
Avocado is known to be the best fruit to get your daily natural healthy fat content to help maintain healthy hair and skin. It is also a source of Vitamin A. Of course, people have used this lowly fruit also as a hair mask which results in soft, shiny and touchable hair.
Our bodies on a whole, need zinc – which is where oysters are a great source. Zinc deficiency has been associated with hair breakage and loss. Just three ounces of oyster contains 493% of your daily zinc value. Oysters also provide selenium, another important hair building block. It’s advised to eat oysters once or twice a month to prevent Just try to stay clear of oysters from the Gulf of Mexico as they contain high levels of cadmium due to the 2010 BP oil spill. I am not a big fan of oyster in their natural state, but bake them a little and you will have a best friend.
Eggs are another source of protein, zinc, selenium, sulphur, and iron. Iron is especially important because low iron (anaemia) is a major cause of hair loss, particularly in women. You will find that a lot of people take a biotin supplement – I know I do! For those of you who would rather add more eggs to their diet, I lift my hat because I am not a fan of eggs – even considering what they have to offer.
Sunflower seeds are a very delicious and healthy source for Vitamin E. A handful is all you need to get a recommended serving of vitamin E. Vitamin E helps blood flow to the scalp and therefore helps hair growth.
Sweet potatoes are a great source of beta-carotene which is converted to vitamin A in the body – which is necessary for all cell growth, including hair. A deficiency can lead to dry, dull, lifeless hair, nails and dry skin. Of course, everything in moderation – too much Vitamin A can result in hair loss.
Almonds are my favorite source of biotin, magnesium, folic acid and Vitamin E. I absolutely LOVE them. I eat them dry or as near to their natural state as I can.
What I have been doing lately, is something so very simple. I get a handful of almonds which is equal to a normal serving, put them in a small bowl of cold water and then put them in the refrigerator for at least 24 hours.
What happens is this – the water rehydrates the almond and then you are able to peel off the skin and produce a nice white plumped-up nut ready to be savored! I love eating them this way. Not only are they good for your hair health, but it helps to keep you feeling full – it has a great fiber content and is a healthy way to snack.
I hope you have found this information useful in some way. I would love to hear your thoughts.