Diet plays a huge role in overall health, and while the extent to which we can strengthen our hair by eating certain foods is hotly debated, there’s no question that getting essential vitamins and nutrients is crucial for healthy hair. Here’s a look at what to eat to help mitigate the anxiety around thinning hair.
- Biotin: The supplement recommended most for hair strength is Biotin, but it’s always better to get what we need from food, so load up on walnuts, eggs, beans and lentils.
- Iron: Iron-rich foods help ward off anemia, which is often linked to hair loss in women. Iron also helps carry oxygen to hair follicles. Eggs, peanuts, sunflower seeds, spinach, flaxseeds, oysters, fish, pork, beef and chicken are all great sources.
- Vitamin C: Vitamin C helps fight the free radicals that contribute to weak hair, so opt for blueberries, oranges, strawberries, tomatoes, papayas, oranges, kiwis, cauliflower, turnip greens and spinach.
- Zinc: Not getting enough zinc may result not only in hair loss, but dullness and premature grey. Chicken, salmon, nuts, egg, lentils and oysters are all good sources.
- Vitamin B12: Being deficient in B12 will not only contribute to lack of energy (which is why B12 is often found in large quantities in energy drinks — EBOOST has about 45,000% of your daily requirement), but it’s a contributor to hair loss. Energy drinks aside, fish, eggs, dairy products, pork and beef are all good sources.
- Omega-3: Found in large quantities in salmon, Omega-3 fatty acids are necessary for hair growth. Vegetarians can find them in avocados, pumpkin seeds, olive oil, flaxseeds and walnuts.