When it comes to healthy hair, there’s good news and bad news. The good news is that a well-balanced, nutritionally rich diet can help improve the health of your hair and may even encourage better hair growth. The bad news is that most people struggle with consuming a well-balanced, nutritionally rich diet.
Whether you’re concerned about hair loss or you’ve recently undergone hair restoration and want to keep your hair healthy and growing, eating the right foods is beneficial. A proper diet delivers an optimal mix of vitamins, minerals, and nutrients essential for healthy hair.
Dr. Dana Brownell and her staff at NeoGraft Hair Restoration in Westport, Connecticut, want you to enjoy good overall health and beautiful, healthy hair. In this post, we offer our best hair-friendly diet tips to help you do just that!
Eat more fatty fish
Eating fish is an excellent way to get plenty of healthy protein into your diet. Shop for fatty fish like salmon, mackerel, and sardines, which contain omega-3 fatty acids that help protect you from disease and also promote hair growth and shininess.
Buy bunches of leafy greens
No discussion of healthy diets is complete without mentioning the power of spinach and kale! Dark leafy greens, including collard greens, cabbage, and arugula, among many others, contribute vitamin A, vitamin C, beta carotene, and several other nutrients necessary for lovely locks, plus overall good health.
Enjoy citrus and other fruits
Vitamin C protects your hair, and there’s plenty of it in fresh citrus such as oranges and grapefruit. In the mood for something different? Give vitamin C-packed guava a try.
Stock up on foods fortified with iron
Cereals, grains, and pasta are often fortified with iron, which can help your hair retain strength. Soybeans and lentils, shellfish and beef, and dark leafy greens are good natural sources of iron.
Serve up poultry for protein
Chicken or turkey provide a good boost of lean protein. If your diet lacks an appropriate amount of protein, your hair may stop growing. As a bonus diet benefit, lean protein can help you build muscle.
Think orange, like sweet potatoes and carrots
Beta carotene is an antioxidant that can help your hair look shiny and keep it moisturized and strong. It encourages the production of sebum, which prevents your hair from drying out and becoming brittle. Most orange fruits and vegetables contain significant amounts of beta carotene, so eat plenty of sweet potatoes, carrots, pumpkin, cantaloupe, and butternut squash.
Eggs have protein and biotin, which is a B vitamin. Biotin helps your body produce keratin, which is important for hair growth. Eggs also have zinc and selenium, which help your hair grow.
Your diet may not be the most important element in having healthy hair, but if you strive for excellent nutrition, it certainly doesn’t hurt! Dr. Brownell is happy to answer your questions about what you should eat to keep your hair looking fantastic. Schedule a consultation today.