Eating a varied, well-balanced diet is vital not only for your body to stay healthy, but for your hair to stay healthy as well. There are some vitamins and minerals which play a key role in the growth of healthy hair, and a diet deficient in these could be the underlying cause of hair loss. We look at 5 essential vitamins and minerals which will help your hair to stay healthy.
Iron is responsible for carrying oxygen to the hair and is helpful in promoting hair growth. Women who don’t consume lots of red meat and those of child-bearing age are often deficient in iron. It’s important to see your GP if you think you’re anaemic, as taking iron supplements without medical advice can be harmful to your health. The best way to get enough iron in your diet is by eating iron-rich foods such as spinach, chicken, lentils and egg yolks.
2. Vitamin D
Vitamin D plays a vital role in the cycle of your hair follicles and can also help to treat conditions of the scalp and skin such as eczema. In countries where sunlight is limited, taking a supplement may be beneficial, or eat more vitamin D-rich foods such as grains, mushrooms and salmon.
3. B-complex vitamins
B vitamins help to nourish your hair follicles; Biotin is a B vitamin which is needed by the body for cell growth – deficiency can led to hair loss and in severe cases the loss of eye lashes and eyebrows. The body only needs 100mcg a day, and it’s found in fish, beans and bread.
The mineral Selenium controls the functioning of your thyroid gland and if you’re deficient, you may notice slow hair growth. The recommended daily intake is 55mcg a day. Eat Selenium-rich foods such as eggs, meat, fish, nuts, lobster and crab.
If you are deficient in zinc, you may notice signs of hair loss. Zinc is needed for DNA replication and the maintenance of hair follicle cell division. Our bodies need between 8mg (women) and 11mg (men) a day. Find zinc in grains, seeds, nuts, beans, animal protein and oysters.
Eating a varied diet with plenty of fresh fruit and vegetables should provide your body with all the nutrients it needs to keep hair healthy. It’s important to contact a hair loss specialist if you are concerned about hair loss, to find out whether the underlying cause is your diet or something else.
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