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Foods for Healthy Hair

Beauty product manufacturers usually tell you that their shampoos and conditioners and rinses and spritzers and all the other goodies to put on your hair will give you gorgeous tresses.  The fact is that while many of them do help a lot, it’s what you add from the inside that counts the most, your hair, to mis-quote a phrase, is what you eat.

Your hair is made of living cells produced inside your body, not outside, and the experts all agree that a healthy diet is the foundation for the growth of strong, healthy hair.  If you are not eating right, external hair treatments and salon visits, no matter how frequent or expensive, won’t do the trick.  Everyone’s hair needs basic building material to grow and shine, so put some of that salon-allocated money into groceries instead.

A few specific foods show up on just about every list of recommended foods for healthy hair, and there’s enough variety so no one should feel deprived or restricted.  Salmon, for example, is almost universally acclaimed as one of the very best foods for your hair, but if you can’t eat fish, don’t worry.  Chicken and turkey are rated high on the lists, as they also provide high quality protein, plus easily assimilated iron, which is a key nutrient for cell building.

If you are a vegetarian your choices are hardly limited at all, since there are many other great sources of protein, iron, zinc, omega-3 fatty acids and vitamins such as A, D, B12 and C that all promote the growth of healthy cells, and that translates into beautiful hair.

Leafy green vegetables like spinach, Swiss chard and broccoli show up right next to salmon as excellent hair food.  If you love nuts you’re in luck; they are also high on the recommended lists.  So are beans, especially kidney beans and lentils.  Eggs, low-fat dairy products, whole grains and carrots are all in the” top ten” of foods for healthy hair.