Unless you’re Friar Tuck or Telly Savalas, you may want to take note of what you’re eating. Turns out, your diet may have a more profound effect on keeping your head covered in thick, healthy hair than you might think. A recent story in Medical News Today reports that the foods you eat affect how your hair grows and its quality. That’s why you need to make sure you’re eating the foods that provide the nutrients—certain proteins, fats, vitamins, and minerals—that support hair growth.
According to the article, if you want healthy hair your diet should include eggs for biotin, Brazil nuts for selenium, fatty fish for omega-3 fatty acids, foods fortified with vitamin D, and protein sources that include L-lysine. In addition, you should make sure that you have plenty of iron, zinc, and protein in your diet. The article also recommends plenty of niacin, folic acid, vitamin A, and vitamin C to boost your hair growth.
Of course, diet isn’t the only factor in hair loss. Genetics and aging also contribute. But that doesn’t mean you can’t take steps to prevent those factors that are in your control. “Maintaining a nutritious diet is the best way to improve the health and growth of your hair,” states the article.
So unless being bald is your trademark, start looking at how your diet is helping you keep those healthy locks.