Long hair secrets: a nutritional guidePosted by Sandra Arachie
The human hair is a source of pride to all. However having long, strong hair doesn't just depend on the topical application of hair products like hair masks, conditioners, and growth oil; it also depends on what you put into your body.
"To promote hair growth, you need to 'feed' the hair from the inside," explains Francesca Fusco, M.D., a dermatologist in NYC. So the pertinent question is what foods make hair grow quicker and longer?
Foods high in protein - the building blocks of hair, are important for the growth of long hair. The increase of protein intake with foods like fish, beans, nuts, and whole grains is beneficial for the growth of long hair. Even if you're not a meat lover, you should still aim to maintain a diet high in protein for hair growth. Women who don't get enough of it (protein) often experience "more hair shedding," Dr. Fusco says.
In addition to foods high in protein, vitamins A, C, and E, minerals like zinc and iron, and omega-3 fatty acids can also contribute to healthier and shinier-looking hair.
Some beneficial foods aimed at promoting hair growth include:
Avocado: Avocados are high in antioxidants and are a good source of vitamins B and E, which strengthens hair and helps prevent damage. Great in a salad, on toast, or as a hair mask, the benefits of avocado are seemingly innumerable.
Carrots: It is one of my favourite veggies. Carrots contain vitamins C and E, which boost growth and thicken hair when taken daily. The quickest way to "long and shiny hair" is to ingest about three cups of fresh carrot juice daily.
For an extra kick, try juicing it with some beets, apples, or ginger. Click here for the benefits of carrot juice.
Guava leaves: Boiling guava leaves help with the strengthening of the hair and prevention of hair loss. They are packed with vitamin C which promotes the production of collagen.
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Dark chocolate: Packed and bursting with goodness, dark chocolate has vital hair-strengthening minerals that include zinc, copper, and iron. This will help bring blood flow to your scalp and promote hair growth.