7 Foods you Should be Eating for Amazing Hair Growth

June 17, 2018 • By Sophia Smith
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Having healthy hair is almost everybody’s dream, yet not everyone can realize it. Why?

Many people believe that the best way to keep hair long, healthy, and shiny is by taking care of the scalp. Therefore, they make sure they use products of the highest quality, buy the best stubble trimmer, and keep these strands clean at all times. After that, they visit fast food joints, eat junk foods, head home, clear the pantry that contains sugary and processed foods, and believe that they will have the best hair in the world.

This is wrong! The health of every part of your body – including the hair you consider dead is dependent on what you eat. Therefore, you need to choose your diet wisely if your dream is to have the hair that will make heads turn.

Hair has cells that are made up of proteins known as keratin. Therefore, your strands need to be regularly nourished with vitamins and minerals. Below are some foods that can help your hair grow faster and healthier. (1)

  1.  To give the hair some iron, eat spinach and other dark leafy greens

If the site of spinach gives you nausea, then you have no idea what you are missing! Iron is a vital mineral that your hair requires in order to grow strong and healthy. In fact, it has been proven that lack of iron is one of the primary culprits when it comes to hair loss. 

When you do not have sufficient iron in the body, nutrients and oxygen will not be pumped into your hair follicles; thus inhibiting growth. Therefore, if all you have in your fridge is some noodles and sausages go to the market right now and get some dark leafy greens, especially spinach.

  1. For proteins, eat eggs

Eggs are the ‘jack of all trades in the food industry. Other than cooking them for breakfast, they are used as natural hair moisturizers, and some societies use them for medicinal purposes. This is a product you should never ignore.

Since your hair is made up of strong proteins known as keratin, it is essential to ensure that they get enough supply of these nutrients.

Proteins build help in building blocks of hair; hence you need to take them in plenty. Eggs are regarded as a rich natural source of protein; therefore you need to cook some once in a while. (2)

  1. For Vitamin C, eat citrus fruits

For iron to be absorbed in your body, you need vitamin C. citrus fruits are doubtlessly some of the richest natural sources of vitamin C. However, this does not mean that you need to eat a basket of oranges every day. Experts recommend that eating a single lime per day is enough to give you all the vitamin C you need.

Vitamin C also helps in the production of collagen, which in turn produces capillaries that strongly connect hair shafts; thus making sure that there is a consistent supply of the necessary minerals and nutrients needed for fast hair growth.

  1. For Omega-3 fatty acids seat seeds and nuts

There is nothing that nourishes the hair better than omega-3 fatty acids. In a fact, your body cannot produce these fats by itself; therefore you need to get them from the food you eat.

In case you were wondering why your hair is taking ages to grow, then now you know that you have not been supplying it with enough omega-3 fatty acids. Nutritionists recommend flaxseeds, walnuts, and almonds.

  1. For Biotin, eat whole grains

Whole grains contain Biotin, B vitamins, iron, and zinc. This means that they are some of the best foods you can eat if your goal is to have long, healthy hair within a short period of time.

Biotins help in cell proliferation and produces amino acids that are vital for hair growth.

  1. For Vitamin A, eat carrots

Ever heard that carrots improve your sense of sight? True! Now you might think that you don't need it because you don't have an eye problem. Wrong move! Vitamin A is essential for the growth of all cells, including those found in your hair. Also, they play a vital role in the production of sebum oil (natural oil produced by the scalp) that keeps the roots healthy; hence boosting the rate at which hair grows. Therefore, eat carrots in plenty, and drink lots of carrot juice. You will be surprised at the rate at which your hair will grow.

  1. For vitamin E, eat avocado

With vitamin E in your body, blood circulation to hair follicles will be improved; hence hair growth will be promoted. Avocado is one of the richest sources of this vitamin. You can add it to your breakfast menu, or make a green smoothie for your family. It will save the heart and the hair at the same time.

Sophia Smith

She is a renowned nutritionist and freelance writer whose topics of interest include healthy living and healthy eating. She is passionate about introducing new and delicious healthy meals while balancing her time between cooking and going to the gym. Her mission is to change the life of as many people as she can and make them the best version of themselves.
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