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10 Foods that Help to Prevent Baldness
Our nutrition effects the way we feel and look, and it also effect our health. Nutrition also effects our hair’s health and strength. The general rule of thumb is to have a balanced diet – that includes all the vitamins & minerals and amino acids / proteins.
The hair is mainly made of Keratin (protein), Zinc, Iron, Silica and Vitamin A and B group Vitamins, so the foods that are good for your hair should include these ingredients in optimal levels.
Following is a list of 10 foods that can help keep healthy growing hair and prevent baldness:
Chickpeas are rich with zinc and the vitamin B-6. Zinc has an critical part in building protein in our body, including hair’s protein. These two are must have for your hair, missing any of them may causes dandruff that could contribute to hair loss, and also shedding and regrowth problems as lack of them will trigger the follicles to move to the resting phase.
Beef is another great source of Vitamin B-6 and Zinc. It’s also an important source of protein. The problem is that beef also includes high levels of fat, that increase cholesterol levels and testosterone levels – and DHT level, therefore healthy nutrition should not be based on too much meat and include other foods. Vegetarians can have other foods that are rich with protein, Zinc & B vitamins, such as soy beans and chickpeas.
3. Soy beans
Soy beans are well known as a great source of protein. It also contains a high amount of Iron and Vitamin E. Iron is an important part of hemoglobin production (Hemoglobin is the carrier of oxygen to the cells). Vitamin E is an anti oxidant that protect the cells against free radicals. It helps with the absorption of oxygen and improves the blood circulation to and in the scalp. You can call vitamin E “natural anti aging” vitamin, and it helps keeping the follicles cells healthy and productive. Men – do not eat too much soy foods, they also includes herbal progesterone, one dose 3 times a week is fine.
Nuts are a good sources of protein, Iron, Zinc and Vitamin E. They also help to decrease cholesterol levels. Since testosterone is made of cholesterol – it’s reduction benefits your hair as less DHT is created from less amount of testosterone.
5. Whole wheat
Whole wheat is a good source of Iron and Silica. Silica is an important mineral as it helps the absorption of other vitamins and minerals. It’s also responsible for healthy strong nails. Silica exists in very low quantities in our western diet, so it’s important to add foods to your daily nutrition that also include Silica.
Oat are a good source for fibers and reduce fat levels in the blood (fat is also a source for creating testosterone), and includes important vitamins and minerals such as potassium, phosphorus and magnesium.
Oranges (or orange juice) are an important source of Vitamin C. Vitamin C, like vitamin E is an important anti oxidant and also improves the absorption of Iron. Vitamin C has a role in the development of collagen which is necessary for both skin & hair growth.
You must include fish in your diet (sushi or tune fish are great as well). Fish is a vital source of vitamin A, vitamin B6, protein and most importantly – essential fatty acids (efa’s). EFA’s are important in maintaining healthy nails, hair and skin.
Eggs contain protein, zinc and biotin, which are all important for healthy hair growth, but do not exaggerate – they also contain cholesterol.
10. Garlic and onion
These two helps in reducing cholesterol levels in the blood and are a major source for MSM (organic sulfur), which are required to create protein.
It’s not always easy to make sure you eat all these foods, sometimes it’s impossible, but in order to prevent baldness you have to also find the nutrition balance that includes hair foods. If you can’t get all these foods on a regular basis you can simply find other foods that are also rich with essential vitamins or simply add supplements.
This article was posted on November 26th, 2009 in Vitamins for Hair Loss Reviews
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