All of us have watched shampoo adverts on television, where the model advertising the product has thick, shiny, beautiful hair, making us trun green with envy and wanting to run out and buy that particular product immediately. So we spend loads of money on these products in a bid to achieve similar results. But, what we fail to realise is that in addition to good genes, beautiful hair is also the result of a healthy, balanced diet and lifestyle. In this article we give you a list of foods, which you can include in your diet for strong, beautiful hair.
Fatty fish: Salmon, mackerel, tuna and sardines are rich in protein, vitamin D and omega-3 fatty acids, which are essential for strong, beautiful hair. Roughly about three per cent of the hair shaft is made up of omega-3s, which are also found in the skin of the scalp and in the natural oils produced by the scalp, which keep the hair hydrated. So make sure you include a portion of fatty fish in your daily diet.
Walnuts: Are full of omega-3 fatty acids, biotin and vitamin E, which protect our cells from free radicals and slows down the ageing process. Walnuts also contain copper, a mineral that helps hair to stay its natural colour and become strong and lustrous. So, include a handful of walnuts as a snack.
Sweet Potatoes: Are a good source of beta carotene, which the body converts to vitamin A. It also protects the oils that sustain the scalp, and prevents dandruff from occurring.
Eggs: Contain zinc, selenium, sulfur, and iron, which are important for a healthy scalp and hair. Iron is particularly important because it helps the cells carry oxygen to the hair follicles and prevents hair loss.
Spinach: Is rich in iron, beta carotene, vitamin C and folate, which are important for healthy follicles and circulating scalp oils.
Lentils: Are loaded with protein, iron, zinc and biotin, which are vital for silky, thick hair. So make sure you eat a couple serving a week of lentils.
Poultry: Contains hair friendly vitamins and minerals like zinc, iron and B vitamins as well as large amounts of protein. And, since hair is made up of protein it is one of the building blocks for beautiful hair.
Plain yogurt: If you want thick, lustrous hair, opt for low fat yogurt, which is rich in protein and vitamin B5 also known as pantothenic acid, which is a key ingredient in most hair care products. Plain yogurt also contains vitamin D, which is important for healthy hair follicles.
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