7 foods that can help control hair loss

7 foods that can help control hair loss

Category: Vitamins & Minerals

Everyone likes to have nice, thick and shiny hair especially women. A good skin and hair are what every woman dreams of. Diet plays a very important role in maintaining the quality of hair. The kind of protein we consume and the vitamins and minerals from foods take care of the nourishment required for our hair.

Here we enlist foods that are full of nutrients and may help you with hair loss:

  1. Eggs
    Eggs are an excellent source of protein. Egg yolks can stimulate the production of collagen that can make your hair follicles strong and promote healthy hair growth. The hair strands are surrounded by collagen but with age, it breaks down that leads to hair breakage.  Eggs also have biotin, a B vitamin that is important for hair, skin, and nail health.
  2. Seeds
    Seeds like fenugreek seeds, flaxseeds, sesame seeds, pumpkin seeds etc. are rich in nutrients. These seeds contain antioxidant vitamin E, selenium and zinc. Zinc and selenium are essential trace elements that your body can’t make, so it’s important to get them through foods like nuts and seeds. Flaxseeds are especially rich in omega 3 fatty acids which can strengthen your hair.
  3. Nuts
    Having a handful of nuts like almonds, walnuts daily are beneficial for your hair. Nuts like walnuts, almonds contain essential minerals like selenium, zinc as well as vitamin E, biotin and omega- 3 fatty acids. These nutrients can keep the scalp in a healthy condition. Zinc and omega- 3 helps to nourish and hydrate the hair.
  4. Fatty fishes
    Research suggest that fatty fish are a good source of protein, selenium, and B vitamins and omega 3 fatty acids – all of which help to promote healthy hair. Oily fishes like sardines and salmon are full of iron. Iron is essential for hair strength and growth.
  5. Green leafy vegetables
    Green leafy vegetables like spinach, methi leaves, kale are full of nutrients which prevent hair loss. They are especially rich in iron, vitamin C, vitamin A, folic acid which helps promote hair growth.
  6. Amla or Indian gooseberry
    Amla or Indian gooseberry is a rich source of vitamin C. Vitamin C of amla produces collagen protein. This helps in stimulating hair growth, both length and volume wise. The surplus of vitamin C in amla also helps in stopping premature greying.
  7. Avocado
    Avocado is rich in vitamin E. Besides vitamin E, it contains nutrients such as zinc, iron, riboflavin, vitamin C, folate, magnesium, and niacin. In addition to protein, essential fatty acids and fibre. These nutrients provide hair growth by unclogging the blocked hair follicles and help control hair loss. Frequent consumption can help make your hair shiny.

No single food works in isolation for any kind of health benefits. However, the above-mentioned foods when added frequently to our daily balanced diet along with adequate water intake, sleep and well controlled stress levels can help enhance hair health and control hair fall.

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Clinical Nutritionist and Certified Diabetes Educator

Nidhi Makharia Agarwal is a qualified nutritionist and dietitian, as well as a certified Diabetes educator, with 12+ years of experience in the field of nutrition. She has worked in various nutraceutical companies and also as a nutrition writer and practicing nutritionist. Nidhi started her training as an intern with the Tata Memorial Cancer Hospital and the Wadia Children Hospital in Mumbai. She has worked with a leading Indian nutraceutical company for 8 years. Currently, Nidhi has her own venture; The Aahar Clinic for healthy living, which she founded in 2018. She has also lent her expertise as a nutrition counsellor to a diabetes project co-initiated by the Brihanmumbai Municipal Corporation and Indian Dietetic Association. Additionally, she works with food and nutrition start-ups as a nutrition consultant. Nidhi holds a Master’s degree in clinical nutrition and dietetics. She is also a certified diabetes educator. Nidhi is based in Mumbai.

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