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Foods For Healthy Hair

Foods for Healthy Hair

Hair loss or dry hair or flaky scalp is a common problem among most of us at various stages of life. With increasing pollution and excess use of chemicals on a daily basis, our hair is vulnerable to damage in many ways. Apart from all this, hair can become dull due to improper care and unhealthy eating habits. So, eating right and proper nutrition is the key to making your healthy hair.

Here are a few super foods for your hair

Curd

This is rich in proteins, which is an important building block for good hair. Curd also has vitamin B5 called pantothenic acid that provides nourishment to the scalp and hence supports hair growth. Pantothenic acid is a common component in most of the hair care products. Use curd as it is or have it  garnished with fruits or dry fruits. It will nourish your taste buds as well as your locks.

Spinach

Like other dark green leafy vegetables, spinach is rich in vitamin A, vitamin Ciron and folate. These nutrients work together for healthy scalp and repair brittle hair. Include them at least twice or thrice a week in parathas or sabzis or omelets or dals to add variety and reap benefits.

Guava

Another food which is super rich in vitamin C is the guava. It protects the hair from breaking. One guava can provide four times the vitamin C of daily recommended amount. This antioxidant can also add lustre to your hair. Have them when in season and make the most of it.

Sweet Potatoes

These are rich in vitamin A. They protect against dry, dull hair. It also encourages the glands in your scalp to make an oily fluid called sebum that prevents hair from drying out. You can also find beta carotene, a form of vitamin A in other orange vegetables like carrots, pumpkin, cantaloupe, and mangoes which provide similar benefits. Include one of these sources at least twice or thrice a week to improve the health of your hair.

Cinnamon

Sprinkle this spice on your milkshakes, toast, or in your coffee. It improves blood circulation and helps bring oxygen and nutrients to your hair follicles. 0.5-1 teaspoon a day is the maximum you can include. Do not overdo.

Try some natural remedies like hair masks and oil massages instead of always choosing a chemical loaded product. Your hair will surely improve if you invest more time on nourishing it than looking for quick fixes. After all, who doesn’t like pampering?

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Ashwini
Consultant, Nutrition