The process of hair growth is a cycle of 3 phases namely, growth, rest and shed. There are a lot of external factors that affect our hair like pollution, styling, coloring, washing etc. But we can try to take care of these factors by applying heat protectant serums, or taking regular hair spas and doing the DIY hair masks at home. Besides the external factors, there could be a lot of internal stuff going on in our bodies that are responsible for the way our hair feels and looks. These internal factors could be stress and tension, hormonal or just not eating the right stuff for the proper nourishment of our hair.
Here’s a list of 5 hair foods that will help you control hair fall and help to have a scalp full of healthy hair follicles.
Walnuts: Walnuts are rich in omega-3 essential fatty acids like linoleic acid, alpha-linolenic acid (ALA) and arachidonic acids. They are also an important source of anti-oxidants, Vitamin E, iron and zinc which are all essential for the overall health of the hair.
Salmon: Salmon oil is an important source of omega 3 fatty acids. These omega 3 fatty acids help in having a faster hair growth and a healthier one at that. Salmon oil works at adding softness and sheen to your hair. So if you have dry, brittle hair, then salmon oil should really work at improving the overall texture of your mane.
Biotin: Biotin is otherwise known as Vitamin B7. It is strongly recommended for brittle nails and hair. A minimum of 3000-5000 mcg of Biotin is the recommended dosage for healthy hair on a daily basis. Some of the foods containing biotin are sweet potato, banana, papaya, carrots, soy protein, eggs,tuna, almonds, walnuts, cauliflower, cucumbers and onion.
Greens: Spinach, broccoli, and other green leafy vegetables are a rich source of iron and zinc which are most essential in producing the natural oil in the scalp which helps in protecting the moisture of the hair and keeping the hair roots strengthened and intact.
Protein: Foods like legumes, lentils, eggs, soya beans, kidney beans provide ample protein to maintain healthy hair and promote hair growth.
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