It’s a fact that if you are older than 15, the years of your thickest hair have come and gone. Age 16 and upward, the name of the game is to keep as much of the stuff on your head that you can.
There are so very many reasons for hair loss, but among them is dietary. Sometimes, a proper diet and supplements can slow or even reverse hair loss. We have put together a list of 17 nutrient-rich foods that have been shown to help keep hair healthy. So as not to overwhelm you, we will discuss eight of them this month, and will continue our list next month.
- Spinach. In some cases, a mineral deficiency causes hair loss. Spinach is rich in iron and also contains sebum, which acts as a natural hair conditioner. Spinach also contains omega-3 acids, magnesium, potassium and calcium which can aid in keeping your hair on your head and out of the drain.
- Greek yogurt. Have you ever noticed that every statue of a Greek hero features a man with a thick head of full wavy hair? Many would say that it was the artist’s choice, and nothing more. But, we say that it’s probably due to the thick, protein-rich yogurt that Greeks and other Mediterranean cultures have been eating since 500 B.C. Greek yogurt is rich in vitamin B5 (pantothenic acid) which helps with the blood flow to your scalp as well as hair growth.
- Salmon. Salmon is rich in omega-3 fatty acids which are anti-inflammatory. So, if you are experiencing an inflammation which is causing your hair to shed, it is best to get your omega-3s from natural sources such as salmon and cold water fish such as sardines and mackerel. Some experts believe that in both male-pattern balding and female hair loss there is sometimes an association with insulin resistance. Salmon is one of the foods that helps the body produce insulin more efficiently.
- Cinnamon. Besides smelling like a water holiday, cinnamon improves the circulation throughout your body which helps to bring oxygen and nutrients to your hair follicles. Stir some cinnamon into your morning coffee for a tasty and healthy addition to your diet.
- Oatmeal. Oats are loaded with iron, fiber, zinc, omega-3 fatty acids and polyunsaturated fatty acids (PUFAs). All of these stimulate hair growth, and can help to make it thick and healthy.
- Guava. According to the Journal of Clinical and Aesthetic Dermatology, a double-blind study was conducted to test an oral supplement containing vitamin C in women with thinning hair. The findings showed that the supplement promoted “significant hair growth in women with temporary hair thinning.” Now, why have we listed guava as the ideal food source for vitamin C? Because one guava contains four to five times as much vitamin C as one orange.
- Eggs. The B vitamin called biotin is packed into eggs. Biotin helps strengthen both fingernails and hair. Not enough biotin can lead to hair loss. Other good sources for biotin include almonds, avocados and salmon.
- Lentils. Protein, iron, zinc and biotin are all present in lentils. But, most important, lentils are an excellent source of folic acid which is needed to restore the health of red blood cells that supply skin and scalp with oxygen.
While the above may assist with maintaining healthy hair and growth, they will have no effect on pattern baldness and associated hair loss. We will continue our discussion about the combination of a healthy diet and healthy hair next month. In the meantime, for any questions, please call one of the experts at Hairline Clinic: 800.322.1237.