Who doesn’t like to have smooth, silky and bright hair? Just like other parts of your body need different kind of nutrition, vibrant hair also required a balanced diet. Just like skin, the condition of your hair is an outward sign of inside health. The cells that make up each strand of hair require a regular supply of key nutrients. Of course, there’s more to your hair than what you eat. Other habits like smoking, hormonal imbalances, and not enough sleep can also affect how your hair looks and feels.
In short, keeping a healthy diet and good hygiene is all that is required to maintain luscious locks and vibrant, smooth hair. Here are the top super foods you can add to your daily diet that will help nourish and boost your hair growth.
1. Salmon: This fish is loaded with the strong hair supporters like Vitamin D and protein, but it also contains omega-3 fatty acids that promote hair growth by keeping your scalp healthy. Your body can’t make those fatty acids, which your body needs to grow hair. About 3% of the hair shaft makes up of these fatty acids. Omega-3s are also found in cell membranes in the skin of your scalp, and in the natural oils that keep your scalp and hair hydrated.
2. Yellow Peppers: Yellow bell peppers have nearly five and a half times more vitamin C than oranges. This is good news for your locks since vitamin C is an antioxidant that strengthens the hair shaft and hair follicles, as well as prevents breakage.
3. Eggs: Eggs are an excellent source of those aforementioned omega-3s, and they also contain biotin (which many people trying to grow their hair take in supplement form). But, just so you’re aware, it’s not the egg white that will make your hair long and beautiful, it’s the yolk. Eating too many egg whites can actually block the absorption of biotin into the body, causing a depletion of this micronutrient.
4. Almonds & Walnuts: These nuts will make your hair grow faster and thicker due to their high biotin content. One cup contains nearly one-third of your daily requirement. You should be able to see the results in a month or two of adding them to your diet. Walnuts are the only type of nut that have a significant amount of omega-3 fatty acids. Walnuts also have copper, a mineral that helps keep your natural hair colour rich and lustrous.
5. Sweet Potatoes: These are loaded with beta carotene, the precursor for vitamin A that only promotes a healthy scalp but also promotes hair growth.
6. Avocados: Due to their high concentration of essential fatty acids naturally found in skin cells, avocados are an age-old beauty secret. When topically applied to the hair and scalp, they have the added ability to stimulate collagen and elastin production. Mix a little avocado with sour cream and apply to your hair and scalp for about ten minutes before washing it off and you will see the results.
7. Sunflower Seeds: Just a few little seeds can supply you with an abundance of vitamin E, which will enhance blood flow to the scalp and promote faster hair growth. Make sure you pop a few in your diet every day.
8. Greek yogurt: Cruise the dairy aisle for low-fat options such as Greek yogurt, which is high in hair-friendly protein, vitamin B5 and vitamin D. Research links, vitamin D and hair follicle health, but exactly how that works isn’t clear.
9. Blueberries: Exotic super fruits may come and go but when it comes to vitamin C, blueberries top the list. C is critical for circulation to the scalp and supports the tiny blood vessels that feed the follicles. Too little C in your diet can lead to hair breakage.
10. Poultry: This everyday entree is extraordinary when it comes to protein, as well as hair-healthy zinc, iron, and B vitamins to keep strands strong and plentiful.