We all know the age old adage, “You are what you eat,” and it couldn’t be any more true. What you eat impacts your hair growth just as much as what it does to your waistline. Proper nutrition is one of the most important things you can do to nourish hair. Some of the best things to incorporate into your diet are lean proteins, omega 3 fatty acids, fat soluble vitamins, B vitamin complex and iron. Also you should consider replacing most processed and packaged foods, which are nutrient poor and swap them for more whole, natural and real foods. Processed foods are harmful to your gut, and your gut flora is essential for nutrient absorption.
What are the best foods for hair growth?
Salmon is a great source of lean protein and omega 3 fatty acids. It can reduce inflammation and is beneficial for your nervous system.
- Peanuts & Peanut Butter
Peanuts are a significant source of biotin which stimulates hair growth and prevents hair loss.
- Chia Seeds
Chia seeds are full of omega 3’s, fiber and antioxidants. They’re also a complete protein, which is the building block of your hair.
Pumpkin is a great source of iron and beta carotene which is important for hair growth and strength.
- Sweet potato
Sweet potatoes are another great source of beta carotene (that’s where they get their orange hue from.) Beta carotene can also protect against dry, dull hair.
Eggs and full of protein at about 6g per egg. Eggs also have essential vitamins A, D, and B12.
Avocados have healthy fats and vitamin E which is a powerful antioxidant.
Chickpeas are a source of plant based protein and fiber, which is super filling. A good source of folic acid and B vitamins which help keep hair healthy.
Tangerines have vitamin C which helps your body absorb iron. Iron deficiency has been linked with hair loss.
- Shiitake Mushrooms
About 1 cup of cooked shiitake mushrooms have about 1300 micrograms of copper. Copper is essential for keratin fiber strength, helping hair maintain its natural color and prevents graying.
Oatmeal is rich in iron, fiber, zinc, omega 3s and polyunsaturated fatty acids, which stimulate hair growth.
Blueberries are full of antioxidants which counteract oxidative stress, helping to prevent hair loss.
- Plain Greek yogurt
Greek yogurt is a great source of protein, the building block of the hair. Yogurt also has probiotics, which help with gut health and the absorption of nutrients.