Hair is probably the part of our body that is most susceptible to damage. Pollution, sun, showers, styling-tools..etc. In addition, and although genetics play a role, stress affects our hair so much, that it’s the cause of almost 80% of hair loss. However, the good news is that hair grows around 0.5 inches (1.25 cm) per month, and 6 inches (15 cm) per year. The rapidity of hair growth depends on several biological factors, but also nutritional. Therefore, we have brought to you 5 foods you should be eating, to promote hair growth.
As you may already know, eggs are the biggest source of protein among foods. since hair follicles are made of mostly protein, it is necessary to have the adequate consumption of it to have a healthy hair. In addition, eggs are also rich in biotin, which produces Keratin. Research show that both are essential to improving hair growth.
Let’s be honest here, not everyone is a fan of beans. However, beans are plant-based, which means they are low in calories, and high in nutrients. In fact, around 100g of beans provides your body with 7% of needed daily zinc. Besides, they are rich in protein which we established that is necessary for hair repair and growth. In addition, beans are inexpensive and can be eaten as a salad or a main dish, so you can include them easily in your diet.
In a study, 120 women found that taking a supplement containing omega-3 and omega-6 fatty acids, helped reduce hair loss and increased hair density. Fatty fish such as salmon are rich in omega-3 fatty acids, protein, and vitamins which are all necessary nutrients for your body in general.
Berries are loaded with vitamin C and antioxidants. The latter protect hair follicles from damage caused by harmful molecules called free radicals, which exist in the body as well as in the environment. Moreover, in order to promote hair growth, eating berries frequently will provide your body with a sufficient amount of vitamins, to be able to produce collagen, a protein that naturally strengthens hair.
In addition to having many benefits on your immunity-system (much needed right now), spinach is also good for your hair. In fact, it’s a high source of folate, iron, and vitamins A and C. These ingredients besides helping you stay healthy, they also provide sebum, which is a substance that moisturizes the scalp. Furthermore, research show that iron ”helps red blood cells transmit oxygen to the body and fuel metabolism to help hair growth and repair.”