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Follicle Foods: Eat These and Improve the Health of Your Hair

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Supplements are great. But do you really need them to have beautiful healthy hair? You can find all the supplements you need in these foods in order to provide your follicles with the nutrition they need to keep your hair looking great!

“Even though you can find beauty supplements on the shelves of most stores, try to get the nutrients you need from foods whenever possible,” Paradi Mirmirani, MD, a dermatologist in Vallejo, Calif., tells WebMD. “In rare instances, excess supplementation of certain nutrients, such as vitamin A, has been linked to hair loss.” So keep these foods in your diet and thank me later for great, healthy hair!

Read on for the top seven foods that should be the foundation of your healthy hair diet.

1. Nuts

Nuts, like walnuts and Brazil nuts, for example, are incredible sources for selenium, which is a great mineral for a healthy scalp. Also a great source for alpha-linolenic acid, zinc and fatty acids; all of which condition your hair.
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2. Salmon

With tons of omega-3 fatty acids, salmon is a great choice for healthy hair.

High-quality protein filled with iron and vitamin B-12. You can also take a few teaspoons of ground flaxseed for those omega-3’s if you’re not into fish.

“Essential omega-3 fatty acids are needed to support scalp health,” says Andrea Giancoli, MPH, RD, a dietitian in Los Angeles and a spokeswoman for the American Dietetic Association. “A deficiency can result in a dry scalp and thus hair, giving it a dull look.”

3. Dark Green Vegetables

Broccoli, spinach, or any of the dark green veggies are a great source of vitamins A and C, which produces sebum, the substance secreted by the follicles. They also are a great source of calcium and iron.

4. Poultry

Turkey and chicken have a high amount of protein and iron with high levels of bioavailability to give you healthy hair.

“Without adequate protein or with low-quality protein, one can experience weak brittle hair, while a profound protein deficiency can result in loss of hair color,” Giancoli tells WebMD.

Broccoli, spinach, or any of the dark green veggies are a great source of vitamins A and C, which produces sebum, the substance secreted by the follicles. They also are a great source of calcium and iron.

5. Eggs

Fried, scrambled, or even raw, eggs are a fabulous source of protein for your hair. Their vitamin B-12’s and biotin are crucial nutrients needed for healthy hair.

6. Beans

Beans supply a ton of protein which helps with hair growth. Lentils and kidney beans give a great supply of zinc, biotin and iron which helps battle brittle, weak hair conditions.

7. Whole Grains

For a healthy amount of iron, B vitamins and zinc, get yourself some whole-wheat bread and whole-grain cereal in your diet. Your beautiful, shiny hair will thank me later.

Do you have any other proven foods that promote healthy hair? Let us know in the comments below! For information on hair restoration, contact us today at 800-776-7775.