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Top 10 Foods for Healthy Hair

salmon filets
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Salmon for Shine

Fish like salmon, sardines, and mackerel are packed with healthy omega-3 fatty acids.

Your body can't make these healthy fats, so you have to get them from food or supplements.

They help protect you from disease, but your body also needs them to grow hair and keep it shiny and full.

 

 

yogurt and honey
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Grow With Greek Yogurt

It’s packed with protein, the building block of your locks. Greek yogurt also has an ingredient

that helps with blood flow to your scalp and hair growth. It’s called vitamin B5

(known as pantothenic acid) and may even help against hair thinning and loss.

You may recognize pantothenic acid as an ingredient on your hair and skincare product labels.

 

 

bowl of spinach
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Spinach to Battle Brittle Hair

Like so many dark green leafy vegetables, spinach is full of amazing nutrients.

It has tons of vitamin A, plus iron, beta carotene, folate, and vitamin C.

These work together for a healthy scalp and mane. They keep your hair moisturized

so it doesn't break.

Want to mix it up a little? Kale is another great green choice.

sliced guava
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Guava to Prevent Breakage

 

This tropical fruit brims with vitamin C. It protects your hair from breaking.

One cup of guava has 377 milligrams of vitamin C. That's more than four times

the minimum daily recommended amount. Bonus!

whole chicken
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Lean Poultry for Thickness

 

When you don't get enough protein, hair growth "rests." Since it stops and older hairs fall out,

you can have hair loss. To get protein from meat, pick lean options like chicken or turkey,

which have less saturated fat than sources like beef and pork.

cereal with berries
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Iron-Fortified Cereal to Prevent Loss

 

Getting too little iron can lead to hair loss. But you can find this important nutrient

in fortified cereal, grains, and pastas, and in soybeans and lentils. Beef,

especially organ meats like liver,have lots of it. Shellfish and dark leafy greens do too.

sweet potatoes
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Sweet Potatoes to Fight Dull Locks

 

Have dry hair that's lost its shine? Sweet potatoes are filled with a good-for-you

antioxidant called beta carotene. Your body turns beta carotene into vitamin A.

That helps protect against dry, dull hair. It also encourages the glands in your scalp

to make an oily fluid called sebum that keeps hair from drying out. You can also find

beta carotene in other orange vegetables like carrots, pumpkin, cantaloupe, and mangoes.

cinnamon sticks
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Cinnamon for Circulation

 

Sprinkle this spice on your oatmeal, toast, and in your coffee. It helps with blood flow,

also called circulation. That's what brings oxygen and nutrients to your hair follicles.

whole eggs
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Eggs for Growth

 

Your protein and iron bases are covered when you eat eggs. They're rich in a B vitamin

called biotin that helps hair grow. Not having enough of this vitamin can lead to hair loss.

Biotin also helps strengthen brittle fingernails.

oysters
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Oysters for Fullness

 

These are rich in zinc. When you don't have enough of this mineral in your diet,

you can have hair loss -- even in your eyelashes. Cells that build hair rely on zinc

to help them work their hardest. You can also find this mineral in beef, crab, lobster,

and fortified cereal.

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