Hair is a perfect testament to a woman’s beauty. The longer and stronger they are the more it enhances our beauty and simultaneously increases the number of compliments we receive. Being one of those who loves to flaunt her hair, I perfectly understand the pain that comes with hair fall. In an attempt to save our precious hair we cling to every chemical product in the market that has ‘Hairfall Solution’ printed on it and further increase the damage. Beauty comes from within both literally and figuratively, thus its what we eat that matters more than what we apply to our scalps. Here’s a list of foods that you must eat to increase the strength of your hair from the inside:
This might not sound like a plan to the vegetarians, but the benefits of Omega-3 fatty acids especially since our own body can’t make it are not to be ignored. Its anti-inflammatory properties help reduce hair fall caused due to inflammation. Not only does the Omega-3 obtained from Salmons, Sardines and Mackerels help us strengthen our hair and retaining their beauty, it keeps us fit and disease free as well.
Oats are the go-to food for those aiming at weight loss, but that is not where its benefits end. They are a rich source of iron, fiber, polyunsaturated fatty acids (PUFAs), zinc and Omega-3 fatty acids, thus enabling the vegetarians to access its benefits as well. All these nutrients stimulate hair growth making eating a bowl of oats every morning a must for thick and healthy hair.
The importance of green leafy vegetables in our diets can’t be stressed enough. One of the many benefits that we reap from the King of Greens is a healthy scalp with lustrous hair. The vitamins A & C, proteins and iron that we receive from Spinach are essential to prevent hair fall since iron deficiency is one of the prevalent causes behind weak hair. The sebum present in Spinach also acts as a natural conditioner and the other nutrients that it provides including Omega-3 acids, potassium, magnesium, and calcium contribute to the goal as well.
An important protein in our body that can also be found in our hair is Elastin that allows tissues in our body to resume their shape after expansion and contraction. The oils present in walnuts contribute to increasing the amount of Elastin in hair, thus making them supple and preventing breakage. Apart from elastin walnuts are rich in Biotin, B vitamins (B1, B6 & B9), vitamin E and magnesium all of which are essential in strengthening hair cuticles and nourishment of the scalp.
Biotin which is also present in walnuts is a protein so essential for healthy hair that supplements for the same are available in the market. A cheaper, much easily available source of this protein is eggs. It is a key player in hair growth and strengthening of brittle fingernails which might not come as a surprise to many for the important of eggs in maintaining healthy hair is acknowledged widely in our society. Eating eggs provides other essential nutrients like iron, zinc, vitamin B12, and other necessary proteins as well.
The folic acid present in lentils or Masoor ki daal, as it is known in Hindi, helps restore the health of red blood cells which contribute hair-heartening oxygen to skin and scalp. Lentils act as a rich source o protein, zinc, iron, and biotin, all of which as we have already established are essential for strong lustrous hair and whose absence can significantly contribute to hair loss.
Inspired by the Harry Potter movies, Anmol started writing short stories at the age of 7 (which were as good as they could be). Now 19, and pursuing a Bachelors in Business Administration, she has started writing blogs mostly on pop culture and issues that affect the masses. A feminist to the core, she hopes to work for the United Nations some day on their Women Empowerment projects.