Top 10 Foods for Thicker Hair

By:Meenakshi Chaudhary, Onlymyhealth Editorial Team,Date:Mar 02, 2015

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Trying to get healthier and thicker hair? Those hair care products may be able to solve your purpose to a little extent, but what you actually need to rely on are foods that can make your hair naturally healthy and thicker.
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    Foods For Your Hair

    Want to have good hair? Well, looking good doesn't come that easy. It needs efforts towards proper care for your body on the inside and on the outside. You need to make sure your plate has foods that promote healthy hair as there is a strong link between overall nutrition in your food and the state of your hair strands. Here is a list of foods that your hair craves.  Image Courtesy: Getty

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    Whole Grains

    Whole grains contain nutrients like zinc, B vitamins and iron, which are very important for the hair's health. Zinc is used to regulate hormones that can have a direct influence on the thickness and growth of your hair. A diet rich in these minerals ensures that you have strong and healthy hair. Image Courtesy: Getty

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    When it comes to healthy hair, it does matter whether you like eggs in your diet to be scrambled, fried or poached. They not only provide the much needed protein to the body, but they are also good source of zinc, selenium, sulphur and iron. Iron is an important nutrient for healthy hair as it prevents hair fall by helping the cells to carry oxygen to the hair follicles. Anemia, the medical condition characterized by deficiency of iron, is a major cause of hair loss, particularly in women. Image Courtesy: Getty

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    Free radical damage increases production of stress hormones and inflammation, affecting cells in the body including the hair. Blueberries are rich sources of antioxidants, which help protect body’s cells against free radical damage. Image Courtesy: Getty

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    Cashews and walnuts are a great source of zinc, which can slow hair loss and thinning. Walnuts, especially, are good sources of omega 3 fatty acids and selenium. Omega 3 fatty acids are required for hair growth considering that about 3% of the hair shaft is made up of these fatty acids. Walnuts can be very helpful for hair care as our body doesn't produce these acids. Similarly, selenium is an important mineral and is vital for the health of the scalp. Besides, it prevents dandruff. If you are concerned about your hair, make sure that nuts are a part of your daily diet.

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    According to a research published in the Journal of Science of Food and Agriculture, beer is one of the richest sources of silicon in the average diet. You would be surprised to know that silicon is a trace mineral which is known to increase circulation of blood to the scalp and hence, is good for hair growth. Most single servings of beer contain more than 10 milligrams of silicon and hence, the experts recommend that one drink a day for a woman, and two for man is enough. Image Courtesy: Getty

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    Rich in vitamin A, carrots are not only good for the eyes but also the hair. Carrots help maintain the much required natural oils in the hair. This results in a healthy scalp and shiny, well-conditioned tresses. Carrots are one of the most under-rated foods for hair care that have not been given enough credit for their innumerable benefits. Image Courtesy: Getty

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    Lack of protein can lead to brittle hair strands and in severe cases, loss of hair colour. Chicken and turkey contain all the protein you need to have and maintain healthy hair. Poultry is also rich in iron, which is important in protecting hair follicles. Image Courtesy: Getty

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    Vitamin B6 is responsible for helping the body absorb all the nutrients it receives from the food we eat. It also affects the production of red blood cells that nurture one’s hair follicles, making sure they have all they need for great shine and growth. Lack of B vitamins in the diet has been attributed to thinning of hair and hair loss. Bananas are a great source of vitamin B6 and should be part of the diet. Image Courtesy : Getty

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    Oily varieties of fish, such as salmon and mackerel, contain fatty acids like omega 3, which can slow hair loss. Fish also contains a good supply of iron and vitamin B12 that if taken on a regular basis ensures healthy skin and hair. Image Courtesy: Getty

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