Foods that enhance Hair Growth & Reduce Hair Loss
In some cases (particularly in women), a mineral deficiency is the cause of hair loss. "It's important to make sure you don't have a lack of something in your diet that could be leading to hair loss. It is important to check protein levels, iron, iron storage, vitamin D and a number of other labs to make sure you don't have deficiencies."
Spinach is loaded with iron and contains sebum, which acts as a natural conditioner for hair. The leafy green also provides omega-3 acids, magnesium, potassium, calcium, and iron. All help keep hair lustrous, shiny and, most importantly, out of the drain.
2 Sunflower Seeds
Sunflower seeds are rich in vitamin B5 (known as pantothenic acid), which helps with blood flow to your scalp and hair growth. Pantothenic acid deficiencies have been identified as a nutrient connected to hair loss. Just one ounce of the seeds serves up a solid 20 percent of your DV of the vitamin.
The human body can do a lot of crazy stuff, like turning sunlight into bone-strengthening vitamin D. Something it can't do, however, is make omega-3 fatty acids. In addition to helping you stay fit and disease free, omega-3's enable you to grow hair and keep it shiny and full.
"Omega-3's are anti-inflammatory. They can help if you have inflammation that's causing hair shedding," says Dr. Jacob. It's best to get omega-3s from natural sources, such as salmon and cold-water fish like sardines and mackerel.
This ruby red root is rich in natural chemicals known as nitrates. After being broken down in your body, these chemicals may contribute to improved circulation, according to a British Journal of Clinical Pharmacology study, which may bring oxygen and nutrients to your hair follicles.
Oats are rich in beta-glucans, a type of soluble fiber. Both male-pattern balding and female hair loss is often associated with insulin resistance. Due to its high concentration of fiber, oatmeal is one food that help improve the body's insulin sensitivity.