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Foods you must be eating for hair growth

Foods you must be eating for hair growth

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Dr. Batra’s™

You are what you eat. Hair also needs nurturing like a plant. For hydration of the hair shaft water too is very essential. It also helps eliminate harmful toxins from the body and a very basic requirement for metabolism.

As one of the fastest growing tissues in the body, hair requires nutritious food for hair growth. If it does not receive adequate supply of proteins, vitamins and other essential minerals and nutrients, the result is clearly evident with hairloss, dull, dry, lusterless hair. So choose your food wisely.

We can choose food for hair growth based on the nutritional requirement of hair. Eat what is seasonal and local. Water can be consumed in many forms like fruit juices (not the tinned/processed only fresh fruit juices without sugar and it would best if consumed as whole) and coconut water. Below mentioned are the nutrients required for hair growth, how it helps hair growth and food items rich in the said nutrients.

Nutrient Requirement for Hair growth

How does it help Hair Growth

Food Items rich in the nutrient

Vitamin A

Prevents dryness of scalp by ensuring that the body produces and controls enough supply of sebum, a natural oil required to keep scalp moist and healthy

Carrots, Sweet Potatoes, dark green leafy vegetables, broccoli, Mangoes, Papaya, Apricots, Pumpkin, Cantaloupe, Pink Grape fruit

B-Vitamins

Promotes blood circulation in the scalp, hair growth, prevents premature greying and augments growth and repair of body tissues.

Beans, green peas, cauliflower, soybean, bran, nuts and eggs

Folic acid

Promotes hair growth by renewing the cells that grow hair. Its deficiency can lead to premature greying and hairloss

Spinach, asparagus, dried beans and legumes, orange, wheat bran, poultry and  liver

Biotin

Promotes healthy hair growth and protects against dryness. It also increases the elasticity of the hair’s cortex, thus preventing breakage

Liver, egg yolks, Salmon, pork, avocado and cheese

Vitamin C

Aids in improving scalp circulation. It is important to maintain capillaries that carry blood to the follicles

Indian gooseberry (Amla), Guava, Citrus Fruits, Tomatoes and Green Peppers, Cabbage

 

Vitamin E

Increases oxygen uptake; this improves the blood circulation to the scalp and growth of hair. Stimulates hair growth by enhancing the immune system

 

Almonds, Sweet Potatoes, Avocado, Wheat Germ, Sunflower Seeds, Walnuts, Olive oil, Sunflower Oil

Protein

Essential for Hair growth. Amino acids created from proteins can have constructive effects on the look and feel of your hair

Pulses like Kidney beans, Chickpeas, Moong, Soya, Pistachios, Fish, Eggs, Greek yogurt

 

Copper

 

Essential for hair structure and pigmentation of hair

Mushroom, Sesame seeds, Almonds, walnuts, pine nuts, chickpeas, tomatoes, prunes, seafood

Zinc

Stimulates hair growth by enhancing immune function

Mushrooms, dark chocolate, pumpkin seeds, wheat germ, sea foods, chickpeas, cashews

Iron

Important constituent of haemoglobin; vital for adequate oxygenation of all tissues

Dark leafy greens, black dates, black raisins, banana, apples, fish, poultry, lentils

Selenium

Essential for normal thyroid functioning and to protect against cancer

Brazil nuts, sea food, sunflower seeds, chicken, mushroom, whole grains, curry leaves.

Silica

Vital component of hair shaft, stimulates hair growth

Bell peppers, Oats, Brown Rice, Apples, Raisin, cucumber, Peanuts, tomatoes, lettuce, mango, flaxseeds

Omega - 3

Promotes healthy scalp, regulates sebum production

Flaxseeds, Chia seeds, Soy bean, spinach, Sea food, Fish oil, Walnuts

Omega - 6

Stimulates Hair growth

Evening Primrose Oil, Hemp seeds, Sunflower Seeds, Corn and Pumpkin Seeds

Combining the above with exercise and de-stressing techniques would help greatly for getting beautiful hair.

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