On average, hair grows at a rate of half an inch every month. This means, each year, an individual is supposed to have 5 inches of hair growth. Diet plays a vital role in hair growth, so a good one will ensure that your hair is growing to its maximum potential.
In my previously posted video, I detailed the essential nutritional components that our hair needs. Today, I’m sharing 5 of the many super-foods that aid in healthy hair growth.
We all love products that do more than one thing right. Coconut oil for example, is moisturizing, healing, edible, we love oils because they are anti-inflammatory and have antioxidants while at the same time, moisturizing and stimulate blood flow. We love products that offer multiple purposes at once because this reduces the amount of time and money we spend on beauty.
I have a list of super-foods that offer more than one essential ingredient to aid in hair growth.
1) Salmon –
Salmon is an outstanding source of omega-3 fatty
acids which promote hair growth. It also contains a protein along with water-soluble B vitamins, which help nourish our cells. All these nutrients are necessary to enjoy proper hair growth and to solve problems such as excessive hair loss, dry hair and so on. Salmon contains Selenium which protects us from sun exposure and the vitamin D we get from this fish helps strengthen our bones and teeth.
Keep salmon in rotation when it comes to your weekly diet in order to receives optimum results.
2) Almonds- Almonds are an excellent source of magnesium and vitamin D. A deficiency of magnesium in the human body can lead to hair falling out. When consumed properly, magnesium helps encourage the growth of skin, hair and nails. Almonds are an outstanding source of Vitamin E, manganese, copper, Vitamin B2, phosphorous, magnesium, fiber, and biotin. The existence of Vitamin E in almonds helps to repair damaged tissues.
3) Avocados – Whether used as the fruit or oil, avocados are extremely useful for conditioning dull and damaged hair. Avocado is beneficial for hair even more when it is consumed. Avocados are high in vitamins E and B, which work at the cellular levels to protect and strengthen the hair. When the scalp is damaged, this reduces the rate at which hair grows so, the vitamins that aid in healing and conditioning the skin found in avocados help in hair growth. Avocado’s Vitamin E, also protects skin cells from oxidizing.
4) Sweet Potatoes – Sweet potatoes are an outstanding source of the antioxidant beta-carotene, which the human body turns into vitamin A. According to scientists every cell of the body cannot properly function without enough vitamin A. It also helps produce and protect the oils that sustain the scalp.
Sweet Potatoes contain starch which has emollient properties that smooth the skin.
5) Seeds –
Seeds like flax seeds
and sunflower seeds contain plenty of hair growth nutrients including, zinc, protein, selenium, potassium, biotin, copper, iron, vitamin E, B vitamins, calcium and magnesium. They are also rich in omega-3 fatty acids. The flax seed benefits for skin and hair are numerous.
I enjoy substituting my eggs with flaxseed
when baking; I use a teaspoon flaxseed to water ration of 3:1. You can also sprinkle some raw sunflower seeds or flax seeds on your salads.