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Hair by Diet: Vitamins to Encourage Healthy Hair Growth

When we were kids, our parents told us to eat our vegetables because they’d make us grow big and strong. The same is still true with your diet as an adult, although adjusting what you eat can also help to encourage healthy hair growth at any age.

If you’ve noticed your hair thinning recently, you might be able to reverse the damage and foster healthy hair regrowth by making some changes to your diet to add in some more of these important vitamins.

Vitamin C

Livestrong.com says that eating a healthy, balanced diet is the first step towards helping your hair grow strong and thick, but if you’re missing out on a few key vitamins, adding supplements to your diet can encourage your hair to grow in healthier. Vitamin C keeps your scalp healthy by infusing your blood with oxygen. It also helps the body get the most from vegetables and fruits by aiding with the absorption of iron. Boost your intake by adding extra spinach, oranges or strawberries to your diet.

Vitamins B3 and B7

Once you have some vitamin C added to your diet, add in a few key B vitamins. B vitamins – specifically B3 and B7 – help your metabolism break down food and create energy. They can also help keep your scalp healthy. Add complex carbs like whole grains, or infuse your diet with some salmon, almonds, leafy greens or seaweed.

Vitamin D

Global Healing Center says that lack of vitamin D could be responsible for some hair loss or thinning in women. The center cited a 2013 study that showed women experiencing hair loss were found to have low levels of vitamin D in their system. Fortunately, getting vitamin D in your system is easy – milk, cheese and other dairy products are rich in vitamin D, or the body can create the vitamin with exposure to sunlight, so you can simply spend some time in the sun to correct any vitamin D deficiency.

Vitamin A

Vitamin A deficiency could cause dry hair, which may cause your hair to break and fall out more easily. Bustle notes that sebum in the scalp helps prevent drying out of hair, but production of this substance relies in part on vitamin A. Boost your vitamin A levels by adding foods like spinach, carrots, peaches or cantaloupe to your diet, suggests Bustle.

Dealing with hair loss at any age is difficult, and sometimes, it can’t be prevented or reversed by changing your diet. Check back for our next blog post looking at essential minerals to keep your hair looking healthy and vibrant.

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