Wouldn’t it be nice if you could simply take a vitamin each day and enjoy lush, thick hair as a result? Sadly, no magic hair growth pill exists, but ensuring that you get certain nutrients can help keep your hair healthier.
Dr. Dana Brownell and her staff at NeoGraft Hair Restoration in Westport, Connecticut, know that by choosing hair restoration, you’ve invested your time, money, and hope in the process. And we know that you want to do everything you can to encourage hair regrowth and healthy hair for years to come.
By consuming a balanced diet that includes the following five nutrients, you can improve your overall health and increase the chances that you’ll enjoy shiny, healthy hair for years.
Eating enough lean protein is crucial for healthy hair. Your hair follicles are made of mostly protein, and keeping your follicles functioning well keeps your hair growing.
Some good sources of protein include nuts, eggs, fish, and lean cuts of meat. Consuming a varied diet that includes lean protein can also help you manage your weight and build muscle.
You’ve probably heard of biotin, particularly in shampoo commercials. Biotin is important for your body to produce keratin, which is essential for growing hair.
Eggs, milk, bananas, walnuts, and sweet potatoes contain biotin, along with many other foods. Biotin is also important for proper digestion and may play a role in nerve health.
3. Vitamin A
Sometimes the goal is to reach a proper balance rather than to supplement. It’s unlikely that you can consume too much protein or biotin, but that’s not true with vitamin A. Vitamin A is necessary for hair growth, but too much vitamin A can cause hair loss.
We always recommend consuming a varied diet rich in nutrients before turning to supplements. When it comes to vitamin A, this advice is especially true. Eating vitamin A-rich foods, such as spinach and other dark leafy greens, is the best way to get this nutrient.
4. Vitamin C
C is one of a number of vitamins that can act as antioxidants, which are protectors against free radicals. Free radicals cause the oxidative stress that can damage the cells in your hair follicles.
Berries are an excellent source of vitamin C, and they offer one delicious way to make sure you’re consuming enough nutrients to support healthy hair growth.
Another advantage of consuming plenty of vitamin C is that it helps your body absorb iron, and healthy levels of iron contribute to hair growth. Iron deficiencies are common among Americans, and iron deficiency causes anemia, which is associated with hair loss.
One of the advantages of having hair restoration performed by a highly qualified professional like Dr. Brownell is that she can give you guidance based on your particular circumstances. Your hair, your diet, and your overall health are unique to you.
If you’d like to learn more about how your diet affects your hair growth, schedule a consultation today at NeoGraft Hair Restoration. We’re always happy to answer your questions in the context of your life.