Foods to grow long healthy hair

POSTED BY Anupama Bindal | Jan, 25, 2017 |

Rushing to the salon for a hair spa? Worried about your crowning glory? Lustrous, strong, voluminous, healthy, long hair are not a result of using expensive shampoos, conditioners and fancy hair spas. They are a byproduct of nutritious and healthy eating. It’s high time we realised that healthy nutrition is the only way to impact our lovely locks. The state of your hair reflects how healthy your eating habits are.
Hair is made up of protein and an adequate amount is required for healthy hair. Vitamin A is essential to prevent coarse hair. A lack of inositol which is found in wheat germ, brewers yeast and molasses can cause hair loss. An excess of copper, iron and iodine can also cause falling of hair and premature greying. Apple cider vinegar helps to improve the strength and condition of hair.
Eat your way to beautiful hair.

1. Make sure your diet has enough of Protein- egg protein helps to rebuild damaged hair as hair comprises of 68% keratin protein. Also, the egg is the only protein source in which the net protein utilisation by our body is 100%. Chicken too is good for the hair. Milk, curd, legumes and soybean are all excellent sources of protein for our hair.

2. Vitamin A rich foods work wonders for our hair. Lack of Vitamin A in the diet can lead to hair loss and thinning of hair. So include more of yellow, orange and green coloured vegetables and fruits like spinach, broccoli, carrots, sweet potatoes, mango, apricots, oranges, fenugreek, mustard and papaya in your diet.

3. Vitamin B rich foods are a must inclusive for healthy, strong hair. Whole cereals, oatmeal, wheat germ, brown rice, soya bean, cottage cheese, porridge, broccoli, beans, brussel sprouts, asparagus and tofu are some Vitamin B rich foods.

4. Vitamin C is of predominant importance when it comes to our hair. A diet deficient in Vitamin C will cause the hair to become dry and full of split ends. So include the vibrant red strawberries, the brilliant green kiwis and guavas, the lovely little Indian gooseberry ie Amla, the sunny citrus fruits and don’t forget the lycopene-packed tomatoes.

5. Omega -3- fatty acid foods- like salmon which is a magical food for hair growth. It is one of the best sources of omega-3 – fatty acids. Seeds like flax seeds, pumpkin seeds, sunflower and chia seeds, melon seeds are all good sources.

6. Nuts and berries are wonder foods for long, lustrous, voluminous and beautiful hair. Nuts like almonds, walnuts, raisins and apricots are excellent for our hair. Blackberries, blueberries, cranberries too should be incorporated into the diet.

NOTE- a mixture of lettuce, carrot and alfa-alfa juice once a day makes a wonder drink for good healthy lustrous hair. So pack your diet with these multiple foods and watch them unravel magic on your locks.
Anupama Bindal

All the information written in the blog post is based on my experience as a nutritionist and researches that are conducted in the field of health and nutrition. If you want me to write an article on a specific subject or you have any questions related to health and nutrition. Feel free to write it in the comments section or email me at”
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Anupama Bindal

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