Eat These 8 Foods To Keep Your Hair Looking Healthy

Posted: May 14, 2014 in NUTRITION
Healthy Hair

If you believe all the ads on television for products that guarantee healthy hair, or more hair, you will most likely be disappointed in the results. The truth is, if you want healthy hair or want to grow more hair, you need to focus on what you put inside your body rather than topical products that go on top of your hair. 

Hair and nails are cells, too, so it makes sense that in order to grow stronger, healthier cells, you have to eat the right foods. Even hair experts will tell you that protein and iron will promote hair growth. Foods rich in protein, vitamin B-12, iron, and omega-3 fatty acids will go a long way towards producing healthy hair and scalp. Here are some foods rich in these nutrients:

Salmon – protein, iron, vitamin B-12 and omega-3 fatty acids.

  • Dark green vegetables – spinach, Swiss chard and broccoli contain iron and calcium as well as vitamins A and C. Why A and C? These vitamins produce more sebum, or the oily substance in hair follicles that keep hair healthy.
  • Beans and lentils – contain lots of protein plus iron, zinc and biotin, which can keep hair from getting brittle.
  • Nuts – like cashews, pecans and almonds contain omega-3 fatty acids plus selenium that promotes healthy hair.
  • Poultry – chicken and turkey contain lots of protein. Wonder why chickens and turkeys don’t have hair???
  • Eggs – are a good source of protein and vitamin B-12, both important for healthy hair. And there are hundreds of ways to eat them!
  • Whole grains – can be found in cereals and breads and contain B vitamins, iron and zinc important for hair growth and health.
  • Dairy products – low-fat dairy products like skim milk, yogurt, and cottage cheese are rich in calcium and high-quality protein for healthy hair.

So, the next time you see an ad for products guaranteed to give you beautiful hair, before you buy, grab yourself a fresh spinach salad or a yogurt topped with your favorite fruit and nuts, and remember that it’s what you put inside that matters.

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