Just like your body needs food and nutrients to develop, grow and stay healthy, your hair also needs nutrient-rich foods to flourish.
Foods that help your hair to grow include proteins like lean meats, fish, and eggs; omega-3 fatty acids found in nuts, seeds, and avocados; vitamins A and C found in fruits and vegetables like carrots, squash, sweet potatoes; biotin found in bananas and whole grains like oats; iron-rich foods such as spinach and legumes like lentils; zinc-rich foods such as oysters, cashews, and chickpeas.
- Proteins are the building blocks for healthy hair growth. They provide necessary amino acids which help to stimulate active hair follicles.
- Omega 3 fatty acids help moisturize the scalp and bolster keratin production.
- Vitamin A helps to produce sebum which is an oily substance your scalp produces that is necessary for preventing scalp dryness.
- Vitamin C helps with collagen production, which is important for strong strands of hair. Biotin aids in the scalp’s cellular growth, promoting hair growth.
- Iron increases blood flow to the scalp for better nourishment of the follicles, while zinc helps to regulate hormones associated with hair growth.