Whether you're thinking about getting a hair transplant or you've already received the treatment, it's important to give your scalp the nutrients it needs to grow healthy, hydrated hair. Though your physician may recommend supplements, it's important to try to get as many nutrients through a balanced diet as possible.
Consider adding these five superfoods to your next meal:
Eggs are rich in biotin and zinc, two important nutrients for scalp protection and hair strength. According to the Mayo Clinic, biotin, a B vitamin, helps your body produce glucose and fatty acids, which fuel your body. A lack of biotin can lead to brittle-feeling hair and hair loss. Zinc is found throughout your body and can protect against a dry, flaky scalp.
Oily fish such as salmon, herring and trout are rich in omega-3 fatty acids, an important nutrient that your body cannot produce on its own. It can help keep your scalp hydrated and healthy. Vegetarians can get similar benefits from avocado.
In addition to providing protein, nuts also offer vitamin E, selenium and zinc. Healthline reported that vitamin E is an antioxidant which protects your cells from damage. Selenium, on the other hand, promotes enzyme functions which help your body grow, according to the Mayo Clinic. Some nuts, such as walnuts, also provide omega-3 fatty acids.
Chicken and red meat contain healthy levels of iron, a nutrient that supports red blood cell growth. When your body lacks iron, you could become anemic. Symptoms of anemia include brittle nails and hair loss. Vegetarians can get iron from leafy greens such as spinach and kale.
Blueberries, among other fruits, contain a high level of vitamin C, which not only aids collagen production, but also helps your body absorb iron. A diet high in vitamin C is important for overall health as well as normal hair growth.
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