Having a healthy diet doesn’t only keep the hair lustrous and strong, it also prevents hair loss. Specific nutritional deficiency will definitely affect your hair over time.
Here are three essential nutritional sources which will prevent hair loss and also keep your hair strong.
1. Essential Fatty Acids
Essential fatty acids play a key role in preventing hair loss. That is why it is imperative to include them in your daily diet.
Some great sources of essential fatty acids including almonds and walnuts; salmon, mackerel, tuna or any other fatty fish; and flaxseed.
2. Vitamin B-6 and B-12
These two vitamins together with folic acids are also essential to your hair. Dairy products, meat and fish are some of the major sources of these two vitamins.
If you are a vegetarian, chances are that you can’t get sufficient amount of these vitamins. However, there are good sources of vitamin B-6 and B-12 apart from meat.
Nutritional Sources to Prevent Hair Loss
These sources include potatoes (both sweet and white), bananas and spinach. You should also eat plenty of fresh vegetables and fruits, particularly tomatoes and citrus fruits, since they are rich in folic acid. Fortified grain products, whole grain, lentils and beans also contain folic acid.
Protein also plays a major role in keeping the hair healthy and strong, besides preventing hair loss. Unfortunately, most people don’t get sufficient protein. You should eat at least on serving of protein on a daily basis. Chicken, lean meat such as fish, soy products and eggs are great sources of proteins.
Some protein sources have trace minerals such as biotin magnesium and zinc.
These three can adversely affect your hair over time. It is therefore good to take a multivitamin on a daily basis in order to counter the effect that they will have on your hair.
Besides nutritional deficiencies, there are a host of factors that lead to hair loss.
For instance, genetic factors such as female pattern baldness and male pattern baldness play a role in hair loss.
Hormonal imbalances and thyroid disease can also cause hair loss.
10 Best Foods for Your Hair – US News
Top 10 Foods for Healthy Hair – WebMD
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