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in my last blog post, I talked about natural home remedies for hair loss that are for topical use. Now, I'm going to talk about these amazing foods that help maintain healthy hair. So, without further adieu, here are the 12 foods that help prevent hair loss.
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All the nutrients and minerals found in seafood such as sulfur, fatty acids, and zinc (found in prawns, oysters, and mussels ) are essential for the restoration and maintenance of skin and hair. They also help reinforce the hair follicles so there is less likelihood of breakage.
Zinc plays an important role in many of the body's functionalities such as maintain balanced bodily hormones, help easy absorption of vitamins by the body, support tissue construction, and even improved hair growth.
2. Bean Sprouts
Taking in lots of supplements is of no use if the body can't properly absorb them. Silica, an essential nutrient primarily found in bean sprouts, helps the body absorb vitamins and minerals from the food we eat and the supplements we take. The hair greatly benefits from this as it also needs various nutrients for it to grow long and strong. Silica can also be found in the skins of cucumbers, green and red bell pepper, and potatoes. But, seriously, who eats the skin of vegetables anyway?
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Oatmeal is a popular choice for breakfast because it provides the body with an extra boost of energy. But, did you know that it does more than that? Oatmeal is rich in phosphor, potassium, magnesium, and iron--all of which helps protect you against hair loss and are essential for hair growth. It also promotes the production of melatonin that preserves natural hair tone.
4. Dried Fruits and Nuts
I'm sure you already know that nuts and fruits all benefit our health some way or another. But, I bet you didn't know that it can also benefit the overall health of our hair. Dried fruits and nuts, almonds in particular, are packed with powerhouse nutrients such as sulfur, iron, and biotin, as well as vitamin E that is responsible for boosting blood flow to the scalp. It is also rich in inositol, also known as vitamin B8, which helps create long, healthy hair by preserving our hair follicles.
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Consumption of foods that are rich in protein and other nutrients that help with the production of keratin can significantly improve the health of our hair since hair primarily consists of protein and keratin.
So, eat more eggs because they are a rich source of protein and biotin--two of the nutrients that promote the production of sulfur and keratin for hair loss prevention. The other food sources rich in protein are meat, dairy products, poultry, beans, and some fruits and vegetables.
6. Red Meat
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Iron and sulfur help make our hair follicles absorb nutrients faster by increasing blood circulation to the scalp. They also reduce swelling in the scalp, thereby protecting you against unnecessary hair loss. Low-fat red meat contains one of the richest amounts of iron, sulfur, and protein which are also important nutrients that help prevent hair loss. So, the consumption of this food source will greatly benefit your hair and overall health.
7. Green Leafy Vegetables
Turnip greens, spinach, lettuce, and Swiss chard all have one thing in common. They are green leafy vegetables that are rich in iron. And as I've already mentioned before, iron is an essential nutrient that greatly benefits our hair as it encourages the hair cells to stay healthy and active. If you remember, I talked about the major causes of hair loss in one of my previous blogs--and iron deficiency is one of them.
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Beta-carotene is another essential nutrient for preventing hair loss--and what food source is richer in this nutrient than carrots? Aside from that, carrots are also rich in other vitamins and minerals that are also good for maintaining strong and healthy scalp and hair follicles such as fiber, potassium, phosphorous, and vitamins A, K, C, B1, B2, B3, and B6.
Make it a habit to drink a glass of carrot juice at least once a day to significantly reduce the occurrence of hair loss--plus, it's good for your eyesight. You can also eat it raw, add in a salad, or cook into a soup. There are countless ways you can prepare and eat it.
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Vitamin C is known for its many health benefits such as improved immune system, stronger bones, and healthier skin. But, I bet, you didn't know that consumption of fruits that are rich in vitamin C such as oranges can also boost hair growth. Oranges are also rich in other nutrients that promote strong and healthy hair growth such as antioxidants, beta-carotene, flavonoids, fiber, and magnesium.
Oranges are best eaten when fresh and raw. You can either juice it or add raw slices of oranges to a fruit salad for a guilt-free, hearty snack.
10. Sweet Potatoes
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Another superfood for the hair is sweet potato. It contains copper, protein, beta-carotene, and iron. By this time, I'm sure your already what these nutrients are good for--healthy scalp and hair growth, of course. The beta-carotene in sweet potatoes reduces the occurrence of hair thinning, enhances dull hair, and aids cell growth while the magnesium and potassium have a calming effect on the body. Again, stress is another major cause of hair loss.
There are various ways you can eat sweet potato. I'm not gonna tell you to eat them raw cause that is just so wrong. Eating boiled sweet potato is still the best way to consume it but you can also bake it if you want.
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Who would have thought that these seemingly innocent looking seeds are packed with nutrients that help reduce hair loss? Flaxseeds are rich in omega-3 fatty acids which help nourish the hair while preventing the scalp from becoming scaly and dry. They also have anti-inflammatory properties that prevent excessive hair loss by protecting the hair follicles from severe damage.
You may be wondering how you can prepare flaxseeds. Don't worry. It's actually quite easy. You can simply add them to salads, juices, or desserts after soaking and grinding them.
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Cauliflower is not actually a flower but a vegetable which I'm sure you already know. But, do you know exactly what nutrients it contains to land a spot on my list? It is a rich source of potassium, sodium, calcium, zinc, fats, niacin, copper, and iron, as well as vitamins A, E, C, and K. These nutrients are known to promote healing and fast recovery from damage--that includes the hair.
Preparing and cooking cauliflower is also quite easy. You can saute it with other vegetables, bake it, or simply boil it with water and a dash of salt.
You can watch this video for more tips on what foods to eat to avoid excessive hair fall. The video contains really good pieces of advice and has explained the topic well--just ignore the annoying robotic voice.
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