ecostore New Zealand Blog
When it comes to great looking hair, it’s not just about the products you use to wash, condition or style it.
Beautiful hair starts from the inside, with a healthy diet that’s high in essential fatty acids, vitamins, iron, and protein, so here are just a few of the top foods we recommend to help keep your locks looking their best:
Essential fatty acids from flax seeds, fish and nuts
Your hair loves foods that are rich in essential fatty acids (EFAs). Cold pressed and unrefined flax seed oil is a good source of all EFA’s as it offers good doses of omega 3 and 6 that are particularly good for healthy hair as well as healthy skin and strong nails. Essential fatty acids can also be found in oily fish like salmon, sardines and tuna (pole and line caught), as well as in nuts and seeds like walnuts, almonds and pumpkin seeds. In fact pumpkin seeds are one of nature’s top hair-building foods and are an excellent source of zinc and vitamin A, which can help strengthen hair.
Dark leafy greens like spinach and kale
Dark leafy greens like spinach, kale and silverbeet are great sources of iron, beta-carotene, folic acid and vitamin C. Iron is believed to help cells carry oxygen to your hair follicles, to help your hair grow and vitamin C is said to help improve scalp circulation and can even help prevent hair loss.
Protein from meat, fish and legumes
Your hair is made of a type of protein called keratin. If you have weak hair that breaks easily, it could be an indication that you need more protein in your diet. Lean meats, fish, legumes and eggs are all good sources of protein that are also packed with good things like zinc, selenium, sulfur, iron and biotin. Our bodies need biotin to help promote cell growth and produce essential fatty acids, which as already mentioned, are important for healthy hair.
The US Department of Agriculture rated blueberries number one in antioxidant activity compared with 40 other types of fruit and vegetable.
Orange fruit and vegetables like carrots, mangoes and pumpkin
Carrots, mangoes, pumpkin, and apricots are all good sources of the antioxidant, beta carotene which your body turns into vitamin A. Vitamin A helps produce the oils that are important to help prevent dandruff or an itchy scalp.
Being full of water, cucumbers are naturally hydrating and are a wonderful source of natural silicon, which is important for strong, healthy hair with natural shine.
Shiitake’s are a delicious cooked with a bit of garlic and thyme or added to stir fry’s and are a rich source of B vitamins like niacin, which can help your skin retain moisture and biotin which can help hair and nails stay healthy and strong.
Got any other tips or tricks to keep your hair looking its best? We’d love to hear them.