Hair loss is a concern of both men and women and many seek miracles fixes that fail to deliver. Fortunately, however, nutrition plays an important role in the condition of your hair and is something you have direct control over. Here are a few foods and nutrients that help with hair loss and the overall condition of your hair.
The Fatty Fishes
Omega 3 fatty acids are excellent for your health and also for your hair. Fish like salmon and mackerel are loaded with the omega 3s. Make them a part of your weekly meals. They also add shine and luster to dull, lifeless hair and help prevent breakage.
Zinc is an important mineral to consider. One ounce of roasted pumpkin seeds contains 19% of your daily requirement of zinc. Other zinc rich foods are pork, cashews and yogurt. Zinc is especially helpful if your scalp is flaky.
Protein is essential in your daily meals, but especially helpful if your hair is thinning. Fish, chicken and beef are great sources of protein, but for the vegetarians among us there are lentils, chickpeas and quinoa. Four ounces of chicken is enough to supply 75% of your daily protein requirements.
Vitamin C is one of the building blocks of protein, and can be found in high concentrations in citrus fruits, guava, tomatoes and peppers. The good news is that vitamin C is water soluble so you can’t overdose on it. Whatever your body does not use will be eliminated and removed as waste. Vitamin C helps keep hair from breaking.
Vitamin E is an important antioxidant that helps protect the scalp from dangerous UV rays. It can be found in almonds and sunflower seeds in large quantities; one ounce of each of these offers 15mg of vitamin E.
Nutrition is one wonderful way to exercise control and make a difference to your hair but also to your overall health. To minimize hair loss, breakage, and add luster to dry, lifeless hair, try some of the foods mentioned here. You can enjoy experimenting with recipes, and trying foods that you have never tried before.