|Top 10 Foods for Smoother, Shinier, Stronger, and Healthier Hair|
Omega-3 fats are essential nutrients and healthiest among other fats. Your body cannot produce them naturally, so you must get them from food. Nuts are a great source of omega-3 fatty acids, which provide lubrication and nourishes your hair and gives thickness and shine to your hair.
Nuts such as almonds are also a great source of vitamin E that strengthen your hair, prevent dandruff and hair damage. Walnut oil contributes to the amount of elastin, a protein that is responsible for the elasticity in your hair hence prevent them from breaking. High beta-sitosterol content of pistachios has been proven to help with male-pattern baldness.
Nuts should be soaked in water overnight to lower its heat and phytic acid content, which reduces their health benefits.
Seeds are not only a great source of omega 3 fatty acids but also a good source of zinc, magnesium, and antioxidants. Seeds are very low in calories that help keep your weight in check. Seeds such as flaxseeds, sesame seeds, and pumpkin seeds nourish the hair follicles and hair shafts, making them less prone to damage. They stimulate hair growth by conditioning and promoting a healthy scalp.
Hormone dihydrotestosterone (DHT) attaches to hair follicles and reduces anagen growth phase causing male pattern baldness. Beta-sitosterol of pumpkin seeds inhibits the 5-alpha-reductase enzyme that converts testosterone to dihydrotestosterone and prevents hair loss. Pumpkin seeds contain a good amount of zinc that prevents dandruff.
Flaxseeds lock moisture in your hair, making it smooth and manageable and prevent knotting and tangles. Flaxseeds are the richest dietary source of lignin, a potent antioxidant that helps in protecting hair cells from the aging process and prevent thinning of hair.
Citrus Fruits are that category of fruits that are an excellent source of vitamin C. They strengthen the immune system and have anti-inflammatory and antioxidant effects. Why are citrus fruits important for hair? Because vitamin C increases the absorption of nonheme iron in your body. When you eat iron-rich food with vitamin C, it gives you the best results. Vitamin C helps in collagen production. Collagen is a type of protein that made up of amino-acids, proline, hydroxyproline, and glycine. Proline is also the main component of keratin, the type of protein that makes up your hair.
Some examples of citrus fruits are lemon, orange, and grapefruit. Add lemon juice when you boil spinach, it will increase your iron absorption as well as prevent the spinach from losing its a dark green color.
Also, rather than have a glass of juice, eat the whole fruit since the fiber present in orange, grapefruit aids digestion.
5.Milk and Milk Products
Every bit of milk does magic to your hair. Milk contains whey and casein, two important proteins for healthy hair. Having milk daily prevents hair loss and promotes hair growth and makes your hair stronger. Also, milk is an excellent source of vitamin B12. Deficiency in vitamin B12 can cause premature graying and can lead to anemia, which is a common cause of hair loss, tangles, and rough hair.
When applying topically, milk cream can be an excellent conditioner for your hair. It helps lock in the moisture and heal brittle, dry hair and split ends. Topical application of yogurt conditions the damaged and dry hair, making them smooth, shiny, and manageable.
Liquid whey, a by-product of cottage cheese-making, can stimulate hair follicles, strengthening the hair, help it grow faster and prevent the hair loss.
Milk and milk products are high in protein, vitamin D, and calcium. Go for skimmed milk and low-fat yogurt and cheese to cut back on some of the calories. Milk products work to restore natural luster and shine to the hair while strengthening its structure.
Eat Greek yogurt with honey, nuts, berries, and nuts for a delicious breakfast to give your hair complete nutrition.
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