Want Longer, Shiner, and Healthier Hair? These Foods Can Help

Jul 2, 2018

There’s more to hair than we know. “The nourishment of hair depends on the nutrients supplied from our diet and on the intake of oxygen from the air… Growing hair depends wholly on what we eat and break down in the bloodstream and the circulation of blood to the scalp. Hair consists mainly of the protein keratin, which, like other proteins, is built up from small units called amino acids. During digestion, protein foods such as eggs, meat, fish, and milk are broken down into amino acids. These are circulated into the bloodstream, sorted, and rearranged to be built up into keratin in the cells of the hair,” explains Lucy Vincent, founder of an award wining clean hair care line sans [ceuticals].
So essentially, our hair is what we eat. Knowing this here are some top nutrients that can be eaten regularly for long, healthy hair.

MSM is sulfur that’s naturally present in our bodies, and in plants. It enhances keratin and collagen, fundamental building blocks for hair, skin, and nails. It’s predominantly high in cysteine (amino acid), a key component for rebuilding skin and hair tissue. It also speeds up wound healing and is great for healthy hair, skin, bones, and connective tissue. You can find MSM in cabbage, broccoli, cauliflower, kale, asparagus, onions, and garlic.

When you think about it, hair is constructed mainly of protein and a diet that lacks in protein can advance hair loss, loss of pigment, which causes grayness. Some great options can include kale, peanuts, beans, peas, lentils, tofu, chicken, turkey, eggs and Greek yogurt.

Zinc helps boost tissue growth and repair, which can keep your scalp and hair healthy. It also helps regulate hormones in the body (testosterone included) and helps maintain production of oil-secreting glands on the scalp that help your hair grow. Some zinc-rich foods are chickpeas, wheat germ, oysters, beef, veal liver, and roast beef.

B vitamins
Biotin may come to mind when thinking about long luscious hair. Biotin, niacin, and B12 are some of the most popular B-complex vitamins that help restore shine and thickness to hair. Whole grains, eggs, avocados, yeast, liver and legumes are rich with B vitamins.

These fatty acids are healing inside and out. “The essential nutrients reach both the hair shaft and the cell membranes in your scalp, nourishing the follicles and promoting healthy hair growth,” says Lucy. “Plus they add elasticity to your hair, preventing breakage and some hair loss.” And because the body can’t produce omega-3 fatty acids on its own, eating foods like flaxseeds, walnuts, salmon, tuna, kale, brussel sprouts, and small fatty fish like anchovies can really help your hair out.

Also found in Brazil nuts, selenium is a trace element that helps the body make seleno-proteins, which can regulate reproduction, metabolism, DNA synthesis, and immunity. Selenium also stimulates hair follicles to encourage new growth. Selenium rich foods include Brazil nuts, tuna, halibut, shrimp, and sardines.


我々の知識を超えて、ヘアケアに関するより素晴らしい情報があります。「髪に栄養を与える事は、食事のとり方と空気中の酸素の吸入量次第です… 髪の毛の成長は、何を食べ、それが血管内でどう分解され、流れるかによるという事です。髪は、主にタンパク質のケラチンで、アミノ酸と呼ばれる小さな結合体でできています。消化の間、卵、肉、魚、乳製品などのプロテインフードは、アミノ酸へ分解されます。それらは血管に流れ込み、髪の細胞であるケラチンを生成します」とクリーンなヘアケアラインで受賞したブランド、sans [ceuticals]の創設者Lucy Vincent氏が説明しています。基本的に、我々のヘアーはあなたが何を食べたかによります。こちらで紹介するリストは、長く、健康的な髪を作り上げるための主要なトップ栄養素たちです。