Although the possible causes of hair loss are numerous, nutrient deficiency can cause premature hair loss in both men and women. Changing a poor or unbalanced diet can be beneficial in slowing or even reversing this process.
While genetics, age, hormones, and other factors largely contribute to hair loss, a proper diet full of certain vitamins and minerals can create healthier hair over time. Luckily, age-related hair loss occurs over a period of many years, which gives those experiencing loss the opportunity to make healthy lifestyle adjustments and eat their way to stronger, healthier hair.
Here are some of the top foods to stop thinning hair:
Protein is vital to everything in the human body, including hair growth. Hair is mostly protein, so it’s no surprise that a diet full of healthy protein is essential in maintaining a thick head of hair.
It is essential in the production of new hair to replace hair that is naturally lost every day. While the average person consumes the recommended amount of protein daily, it is wise to review your diet to make sure you are consuming enough lean protein, such as chicken, fish, or eggs, to help jump start new hair growth.
For vegetarians, try quinoa or lentils. Both are rich in protein, but lentils are especially high in folic acid, which helps restore red blood cells in the scalp.
Iron deficiency is a leading cause of premature hair loss and one of the leading causes of hair loss in post-menopausal women. It is also one of the most commonly seen nutritional deficiencies.
Since iron transports oxygen to the hair, a lack of iron weakens the hair directly at the follicle, causing it to break or fall out. Spinach is rich in iron and other healthy minerals that help ensure a healthy scalp and stronger hair.
Other sources of iron include lean red meat, eggs, salmon, poultry, whole grains, and soybeans.
Most lists of health foods are incomplete without a mention of low-fat Greek yogurt. Not only does it contain protein, it is also full of vitamin B5 and vitamin D.
Vitamin B5 helps assist with blood flow to the scalp, while vitamin D is linked to overall hair health.
Like Greek yogurt, eggs are rich in protein and vitamin D. They are also a good source of biotin, which is believed to help slow hair loss and assist in strengthening brittle hair.
Vitamin C is needed for the synthesis of collagen in the body. Collagen helps keep blood vessels in the scalp healthy, which leads to healthier hair follicles and stronger hair. Vitamin C also helps the body absorb more iron, which is also important to overall hair health. Citrus fruits are especially high in vitamin C, as are leafy greens.
Are You Experiencing Hair Loss?
If diet changes do not slow or prevent hair loss over time, there are other alternatives. Your physician can recommend further treatment options based on your personal needs.
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