Long, strong dark black hair is what we all desire.
Interestingly your hair grows only 15 cm per year. How fast hair grows also depends on factors like age, health, genetics, and diet. However the only factor that we have control over is our diet. Our diet plays an essential part in our growth or loss of hair; eating right increases hair growth while a poor diet induces hair loss.
Here are a list of foods that will help promote fast hair growth:
Eggs are a great source of not only protein but also biotin, two great sources which may promote hair growth. Since protein is the building block of hair, consuming eggs are one easiest natural ways to consume these building blocks.
Eggs are also a great source of zinc, selenium and other healthy hair nutrients, making them a great food to consume for hair growth.
Spinach and other dark leafy vegetables
Spinach and other dark leafy vegetables are great sources of iron, folate, and vitamins A and C all which are a boost to hair growth. Iron helps red blood carry oxygen throughout the body which in turn aids growth and repair. A deficiency in these could lead to hair loss.
Berries and citrus fruits
Both berries and citrus fruits are rich in vitamin C. vitamin C has a high content of antioxidant properties.
To make your hair stronger consuming berries and citrus fruits are great because they help produce collagen a protein which helps strengthen hair and prevent it from breaking.
Nutritionist advice consuming one lime a day will give you your daily dose of vitamin C. the vitamin C in these fruits helps in absorption of iron and iron is essential too.
Fatty fish, nuts and seeds
Omega 3 fatty acids aids nourishing hair and supporting its thickness. Our body doesn’t promote these healthy fats thus we need to obtain them from external sources. Fatty fish like mackerel and salmon, nuts like almonds and walnuts and seeds like flaxseeds are the best sources.
Besides the above being good sources of omega 3 they individually have their plus points. Fatty fish also provides protein, selenium, vitamins B and D.
Nuts also are a source of vitamin B, essential fatty acids and zinc. Nuts have also been linked to other health benefits like reduction in inflammation and lower heart rate.
Lastly seeds provide a massive quantity of nutrients in relatively few calories. Seeds provide nourishment in zinc, selenium and vitamin E. flaxseeds are a great replacement for fatty rich fish. Sunflower, flaxseeds and chai seeds are some seeds you must include in your diet.
Avocados are delicious an excellent source of healthy fats. They are an amazing source of vitamin E. vitamin E improves blood circulation which helps follicles work more efficiently thus promoting hair growth. It also helps maintain the PH balance and oil protecting the scalp and skin.
Carrots are rich in vitamin A. the hair contains the fastest growing tissue in the body and vitamin A boosts this growth. It also helps the scalp produce natural oils and strengthens the roots. So go on and drink a glass daily!
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