While eating healthy for good skin is a known fact, did you know that your hair can also reap the benefits?
Shampoos and conditioners can do only so much — what you eat is even more important. Experts say that the nutrients you consume help fortify your hair follicles as well as your scalp. Here are some foods that are known to do wonders for your tresses...
Packed with vitamin D and protein, which make your hair stronger, the omega-3 fatty acids found in salmon help your body grow hair. Other sources of essential fatty acids include sardines, trout, avocado and pumpkin seeds.
Walnuts have good amounts of omega-3 fatty acids, biotin and vitamin E, that help protect your cells from DNA damage. And since your hair is rarely covered, walnuts are great protection. Very little biotin leads to hair loss. Walnuts also contain copper, which helps you keep your natural hair colour rich.
Spinach contains iron, beta carotene, folate and vitamin C, which are known to keep hair follicles healthy and also ensure that scalp oils are circulated well.
The protein in eggs plus minerals like zinc, selenium, sulphur and iron are good for your hair. Iron helps cells carry oxygen to the hair follicles. When one is anaemic (inadequate iron), it causes hair loss. Other iron sources include chicken and fish.
Blueberries contain vitamin C, which is an essential nutrient for hair. It helps circulation to the scalp and also supports the blood vessels that feed the follicles. When your body doesn't get enough vitamin C, it leads to hair breakage. Other options include kiwis, tomatoes and strawberries.
Sweet potatoes helps produce vitamin A, and produce oils that sustain your scalp. Inadequate vitamin A levels can result in an itchy scalp and dandruff problems. Other foods that help include carrots, cantaloupe, mangoes, pumpkin and apricots.