By Sharanya Manola Last Updated:
Do you fear tying your hair in a ponytail because of your receding hairline, courtesy of hair fall? Do you shudder from looking at a bunch of hair strands in the shower? Well, what you eat may affect not just your skin, but your hair too. Find out which foods have the magic potion that can help you get rid of the stocked worries!
Carrot is not only good for your eyes, but excellent for scalp nourishment too. For hair to be strong from roots, carrot provides beta-carotene, which is turned into vitamin A by our body. Vitamin A enables scalp to produce scalp-sustaining hair oil that helps to keep the roots nourished. Moreover, carrot also strengthens hair follicles and increase blood supply to the scalp which stimulates hair growth.
Silica is a trace mineral that strengthens our blood vessels, improves and stimulates blood circulation in the scalp. It also strengthens our hair apart from the apparent benefits to our nails and bones. It is recommended that since with age, silica level reduces in our body, so you must start consuming foods that are rich in this mineral. For example, baked potatoes, red and green peppers, cucumber skin and bean sprouts.
Green leafy spinach is a superfood to combat hair loss woes. It is a good source of beta-carotene, folic acid, vitamins B, C and E. Along with this, spinach is also a good source of omega-3 fatty acids, iron, calcium, magnesium and potassium. They are all known to maintain scalp health by boosting scalp oils circulation and strengthening the hair follicles. Include spinach in the form of juice, salad or a dish for dinner.
Hair is essentially made up of protein thus it makes sense to eat a protein-rich diet, especially lean proteins. Unlike red meat (also a source of protein that is high in fat) proteins found in fish are low in testosterone-increasing fats. Researches over the years reveal that high-fat diets increase testosterone level, which is linked to hair loss. So, if you are eating red meat, pay extra caution to avoid hair loss.
Walnuts fall in the hair-friendly category as they are a storehouse of protein, omega-6 fatty acids, zinc, vitamin (B1, B6 and B9) and iron. All these nutrients reduce hair loss, but here is a word of caution: walnut has traces of selenium, a mineral that may cause hair loss in people who have either too much of it in the system or are selenium deficient. Moreover, overeating in the quest of quick hair growth will be costly, as it will make your hair thin. So, stock up some walnuts in your kitchen cabinet, but eat in moderation!
Eggs are known to reduce hair fall considerably owing to the nutritional quotient. They are high in omega-6 fatty acids, iron, zinc, proteins and vitamin B12. So, if you have a deficiency of any vitamins and minerals, eggs will take care of it. You can either include it in your diet or prepare an egg hair pack as it is an excellent hair conditioner.
Add colour to your food palette by having a well-rounded diet and foods, especially rich in iron, zinc, protein and silica. So, eat right and say goodbye to hair loss now.