Top 10 Foods That Prevent Hair Loss and Promote Hair Growth
Before knowing our super hair growth-promoting foods, one thing must be noted here that hair loss or sudden drastic hair health changes can be an indication of an internal disease, like thyroid disease, lupus (an autoimmune condition), or a liver problem. Sudden shock or high-stress level can also lead to hair loss. It is normal to shed between 50 to 100 hairs a day, but if you experience massive hair fall, you need to consult a doctor to determine the underlying cause.
Most of the general causes of hair fall are nutritional deficiency and environmental damage. Fortunately, hair fall due to nutrition deficiency is reversible once you fulfill your hair nutrition requirement. Not only these foods prevent hair loss and but also are super effective in promoting the growth of new and healthy hair. With these superfoods, you can have long, strong, and healthier hair that you always wanted.
Below are the Top 10 Foods That Prevent Hair Loss and Promote the Rate of Hair Growth:
1. Amla/Indian gooseberry
Amla also known as Indian gooseberry, the name amla itself means amritor nectar, the drink of the gods. It is a sour fruit native to India. It is considered as anti-aging and natural tonic for hair as per Ayurved. This one single fruit contains billions of nutrients. Amla is one of the richest sources of vitamin C.
Along with vitamin C, amla is also extremely rich in antioxidants. Antioxidants neutralize the free radicals that that can cause hair fall, and graying. Amla oil contains essential fatty acids that strengthen hair follicles and promote hair growth.
The phytonutrients, amino acids, vitamins, and minerals present in amla help in increasing the scalp circulation, strengthen hair follicles, and stimulate healthy growth.
Vitamin C of amla increases collagen production. Collagen protein, the building blocks of hair, strengthen hair follicles that minimize the hair follicle damage and increase hair growth volume-wise as well as lengthwise.
2. Black Sesame Seeds
Black sesame seeds have the power to reverse graying & stimulate healthy hair growth. It promotes melanocyte cells to produce melanin – the pigment responsible for your hair color. Black sesame seeds contain essential fatty acids such as omega-3 that nourish, condition and promote a healthy scalp that stimulates healthy hair growth. Black sesame seeds are loaded with zinc, that helps in sebum production. This natural oil makes your hair shiny and lustrous. Zinc also plays a role in the hair tissue repair and production of new hair cells. A deficiency in copper can lead to hair thinning and graying as copper play an important role in melanin production. Black sesame seeds are a good source of copper. Moreover, the high iron content of black sesame seeds prevents iron deficiency anemia, which is the main reason for hair fall.
3. Chia seeds
Chia seeds are full of potent nutrients. They are an excellent source of omega-3 fatty acids, which promote hair growth. Additionally, they are also a rich source of fiber, protein, and full of antioxidants. It stimulates hair growth and makes your hair thick and healthy.
Moreover, iron, zinc, and calcium prevent further hair loss, make the scalp healthy, strengthen hair follicles, and ensure strong, thick healthy hair growth. A standard dosage recommendation is 15-20 grams (about 1.5 tablespoons) of chia seeds. It should not be consumed in their dry, raw form. Soak chia seed in water overnight and eat it in the morning or after work out.
4. Black Chickpeas (Kala Chana)
You must have heard lots of lecture from your mom on how Black chickpeas do a miracle to your hair and she is not wrong, black chickpeas indeed do magic to your hair. Every vitamin and mineral of black chickpeas contributes to hair growth as well as hair quality.
Black chickpeas are a great source of protein for vegetarians. Hair made up of mostly protein, giving enough protein to your hair stimulates the growth of new healthy hair by strengthening your hair follicles; additionally, black chickpeas contain zinc and biotin. Both these minerals improve your body’s keratin infrastructure. Keratin is the structural protein which makes up the hair. Keratin is also the protein that protects scalp skin cells from damage or stress.
Vitamin A and iron in black chickpeas are crucial for hair health and deficiency of any one of these in the body can cause hair fall, brittle hair, and dandruff. Moreover, iron ensures the blood supply that contains important hair nutrient to the hair roots.
5. Raw Coconut
Fresh raw coconut at homes are quite common in India but finding it in western countries may be a little difficult but if you have access to raw coconut, include them in your diet as early as you can. Coconut cream, water, and oil are equally healthy. Coconuts are highly nutritious, rich in fiber, and packed with essential vitamins and minerals.
Lauric acid is the reason why coconut considers as a healthy fat even though it contains almost 89% of saturated fat. Lauric acid is a saturated fatty acid with a 12-carbon atom chain that has antibacterial, antiviral, and antimicrobial property; this potentially helps to prevent infections. Coconut oil is good for your hair. Use coconut oil as a natural way to help your hair grow thicker, longer, and faster. The vitamins and essential fatty acids naturally found in coconut oil nourish the scalp and hair follicles.
Apply coconut oil mixed with olive oil and almond oil, a night before shampooing, massage gently and leave it overnight. Wash your hair with shampoo the very next day; it will help to heal your hair damage and naturally moisturize it and treat split ends and frizzy hair.
Healthy, shiny, strong, and dense hair is everyone’s goal. You don’t need expensive hair treatments and fancy hair products to achieve this goal; the secrete of long and healthy hair lies in your kitchen. Try adding above mentioned foods to your diet. These foods are rich in hair nutrients such as protein, B vitamins, vitamins A, C, D and E, zinc, iron, biotin, and essential fatty acids. Adding these nutrients to your diet may help treat hair loss and promote the hair growth rate.
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