Who wouldn’t like to be a proud owner of a shiny, gorgeous mane? Though it is the visual factor about our hair concerns us the most, just like our skin, the condition of the hair is a key indicator of how well things work in our body internally. Other than enhancing beauty, the hair serves many important purposes like regulating body temperature.
Among several factors that either make or break the longevity and health of the hair, like stress, hormones, pollution; diet plays a major role in the function and appearance of your locks.
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If you feel you need to revamp your tresses, here is what you’ve been missing out on:
- Omega 3:
Omega 3, which is present in the fatty fish, is a wonder product that the body cannot produce on its own. Omega 3 fatty acids are something that is found abundantly around us, and so through intake of various omega 3 rich foods, the need for healthy fats can be met. Omega 3 fatty acids are anti-inflammatory in nature. They help by preventing oxidation of fats in the body and thereby maintaining the quality and strength of hair.
The best way to get your regular dose of omega 3 is to include a variety of fatty fishes like sardines, mackerel in your diet. Vegans and vegetarians can go for flax seeds and walnuts for non animal sources.
- Vitamin C
The Vitamin not only prevents the hair from brittleness and breakage but also helps in making it more lustrous and healthy. It thins your hair fall and promotes collagen synthesis which is the most important component needed for healthy hair growth and maintenance. Though there are several sources of vitamin c- tomatoes, oranges, cabbage, cauliflower, capsicum, strawberries, Indian gooseberry (amla), it is the humble fruit Guava that packs a powerful dose of Vitamin C.
Eggs are full with the vitamin biotin that helps hair grow and strengthens brittle fingernails. Not having enough of this vitamin can lead to hair loss. Other good sources of biotin: almonds, avocados and salmon.
Not only great for your hair, eggs can also aid with weight loss.
Beta carotene present in this healthier version of tubers protects your hair from dryness, dullness and stimulates the glands in the scalp to maintain healthy levels of sebum (natural moisture). Where else can you find this wonder vitamin? Go for carrots, pumpkin, papaya, mangoes other than sweet potatoes.
Enough has been said about this benevolent macronutrient with regard to weight goals, skin health and now hair!
Like Vitamin C, protein helps in the synthesis of collagen which is an important factor that promotes healthy hair colour, texture and appearance. The best sources are: Whey, milk and other dairy products, lean meats, nuts.
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Last modified: June 23, 2017