Foods for healthy hair
Keeping your hair in tip-top condition means regular trips to your favourite salon (aka Matthew James 😉 but also nurturing your hair from the inside too.
Your diet plays a massive role in the condition of your hair. It’s true – you are what you eat! In fact it goes beyond that it’s not just what you’re eating but what you aren’t eating.
Nutrients, vitamins and antioxidants are vital to ensure your hair looks and feels amazing and your hair can be a tell-tale sign if you’re not getting enough of these goodies. The texture, strength and condition of your strands can detect if you’re deficient in vitamins A, B, C, D, E. Even a lack of zinc and iron can compromise hair growth.
So which foods are good for your hair? Below we’ve listed some winning ingredients which contain all the lovely nutrients and vitamins to get your hair back on-track:
Vitamin A – cheese, eggs oily fish, fortified low-fat spreads, milk and yoghurt (and if you can stomach it liver!) are all top foods to boost your Vitamin A levels and it also boosts your immune system too so double winner!
Vitamin B – whole grains (brown rice, barley, millet), meat (red meat, poultry, fish) eggs and dairy products (milk, cheese) legumes (beans, lentils), seeds and nuts (sunflower seeds, almonds), dark, leafy vegetables (broccoli, spinach, kai lan)
Vitamin C – citrus fruit, such as oranges and orange juice, peppers, strawberries, blackcurrants, broccoli, brussels sprouts, potatoes
Vitamin D – fatty fish red meat and eggs are excellent sources of Vitamin D that promotes strong healthy hair
Vitamin E – nuts (especially almonds) and seeds, wheat germ and plant oil (eg olive oil) are excellent sources of Vitamin E a natural antioxidant that helps nourish healthy hair and a healthy scalp
Zinc – oysters and shellfish are top of the list when it comes to zinc content but if that isn’t your thing, legumes (beans, chickpeas, lentils) are all great sources of zinc as well as red meat, seeds and nuts.
Iron – dark leafy greens like spinach and kale are loaded with iron and the good news is that iron can also be found in dark chocolate and red wine. What’s not to love?!
Our top tip for keeping your hair diet on track? Smoothies! We love them. Load them up with fruit, veg and seeds and you’re well on your way to maintaining a healthy scalp and glowing locks.