Hair Health:10 Foods to Fight Hair Loss

By:Himanshu Sharma, Onlymyhealth Editorial Team,Date:Jul 24, 2014

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Nutritional deficiencies can contribute to increased hair loss as it weakens the hair shafts, causes breakage and limits growth of new hair. When it comes to healthy hair, certain foods can help you.
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    Foods for Healthy Hair

    Like the rest of our body, the hair have their own life cycle (rest, shed and grow). When the process slows downs, you may experience hair loss. It can be traumatizing to see excessive hair loss. Nutritional deficiencies can contribute to increased hair loss it weakens the hair shafts causing breakage and limits the growth of new ones. (Image source:Thinkstockphotos)

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    Spinach

    An excellent source of iron, vitamin A and C and protein, spinach prevents iron deficiency. The deficiency of iron is one of the foremost reasons behind hair fall. Moreover, spinach has sebum to act as a natural conditioner for hair. Omega-3 acid, magnesium, potassium and calcium are also present in spinach which helps one to maintain a healthy scalp. (Image source:Thinkstockphotos)

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    Lentils

    Owing to the presence of protein, iron, zinc and biotin, lentils fight hair loss. They are loaded with folic acid, a nutrient necessary to restore the health of red blood cells that supply the skin and scalp with the much-needed oxygen. (Image source:Thinkstockphotos)

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    Eggs and Dairy Products

    The essential nutrients for hair are proteins, Vitamin B12, iron, zinc and Omega 6 fatty acids. Eggs and dairy products provide all these nutrients. Dairy products also have biotin (Vitamin B7) that is known to fight hair loss. (Image source:Thinkstockphotos)

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    Chicken

    You need high quality protein to strengthen fragile hair and prevent them from breaking. Since hair strands are composed of proteins, you should try to get good proteins through your diet. (Image source:Thinkstockphotos)

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    Carrots and Sweet Potatoes

    Eating carrots and including sweet potatoes in your diet can improve your hair's health significantly. Carrots contain vitamin A, which improves hair growth. Sweet potatoes are packed with beta-carotene that gets converted to vitamin A, thus aiding in hair growth. (Image source:Thinkstockphotos)

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    Vitamin C Fruits

    The absorption of iron in our body is taken care by vitamin C. Foods rich in vitamin C such as oranges, papaya, blueberries and lime are known to reduce the damage caused by free radicals that may make your hair brittle and weak. Moreover, vitamin C helps in the production of an essential protein called collagen which strengthens blood vessels that support the hair shafts. (Image source:Thinkstockphotos)

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    Oats

    Oatmeal is not just a breakfast option that gives your day a head start, it is also something to help you bid goodbye to hair fall. Excellent in fibre, zinc, iron, omega-6 fatty acids and polyunsaturated fatty acids (PUFAs), oats stimulate hair growth and make them thick. (Image source:Thinkstockphotos)

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    Strawberry

    Strawberries are loaded with silica, a trace mineral that is vital for hair strength and hair growth. Some silica-rich food sources are rice, oats, onion, cabbage, cucumber and cauliflower. (Image source:Thinkstockphotos)

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    Walnuts

    A handful of walnuts can give you plenty of biotin, B vitamins (B1, B6 and B9), vitamin E, plenty of protein and magnesium. These nutrients prevent hair loss and keep the hair healthy. To strengthen hair cuticles and nourish the scalp, munch a few walnuts everyday. (Image source:Thinkstockphotos)

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    Yoghurt

    An excellent source of Vitamin B5 and Vitamin D, yoghurt is known to promote hair follicle health. Yoghurt can also be used to make hair mask which improves hair strength and makes them lustrous. (Image source:Thinkstockphotos)

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