- Men's Health & Wellness
7 Healthy Foods For Your Hair
You've heard of Narcissus. But did you know there was a gentleman in biblical times whose locks were so luscious that they caught in a tree as he rode underneath?
Yup, it's true. The man was Absalom. The son of David (of Goliath fame), described as the most handsome man in his kingdom. We'll overlook the part of how we died hanging from that tree at the hands of his enemies. We're more interested in those locks – all abundant and flowing – and how YOU might have hair that shines brightly.
Healthy hair likes healthy food. Forget that burger with fries that packs the nutritional value of a hockey puck – you're looking for iron, zinc, vitamins A and B12 among others – that hair requires for growth and preservation. Add these foods to your plate and you may get just that.
Salmon – One of the healthiest foods on the planet, wild salmon bursts with protein, which constitutes most of that stuff on your scalp. It's not a coincidence that 3% of the hair shaft is made of omega-3 fatty acids either. Your body can't make them, but you'll get a hefty dose of omega-3s in this oily cold-water fish that consistently ranks as one of the best beauty foods at your local supermarket.
Walnuts – Speaking of omega-3 fatty acids, walnuts are full of'em. They're also high in biotin and vitamin E, which protect your cells from DNA damage. Deficiency in biotin can lead to hair loss. There's also copper in walnuts, which helps to preserve your natural color, putting walnuts up there with salmon as one of the best hair-friendly foods for your money.
Sweet Potatoes – There's lots of beta-carotene going around in sweet potatoes. Your body converts that to vitamin A, which your scalp needs to produce natural oils that prevent dandruff.
Eggs – An awesome source of protein, eggs provide zinc, selenium, sulfur and iron, the latter of which carries oxygen to your follicles. Lack of iron is a major cause of hair loss in women.
Spinach – Popeye may have been follicely challenged, but the iron in spinach makes this green leafy vegetable a nutrient-rich meal for your hair. There's folate and beta-carotene in spinach as well.
Lentils – Hair loves protein, iron, zinc and biotin. Wouldn't it be great if there was a convenient source of all of these mighty sources of hair growth? Look up lentils and your hair will be smiling.
Poultry – It goes without saying that protein-rich foods are good for your hair. Now add iron, zinc and B vitamins to the formula and you can see why turkey and chicken breast make the cut as the stuff that feeds follicles.
Shop the Outer Aisles of Your Supermarket For Hair Growth
Don't eat walnuts if you're allergic to nuts. Along those lines, don't eat any food mentioned here without a nod from your physician if you're concerned about pre-existing conditions or specific health concerns.
The good news is that healthy hair is within your control. No, you can't control genes, but you can rock the outer aisles of the supermarket. You know what's there. That's where you'll find health, beauty, and foods that have a habit of making hair grow.
A parting thought to leave you with. Ever noticed how processed foods have bar codes? That's meant to make your checkout quicker. Nuts, vegetables and most health foods don't have those – meaning the harder the check-out clerk works to ring in your purchase, the healthier your food is going to be.
Additional Tips for Men's Hair Regrowth
By the way, concerned about hair loss? Avoid prescription hair growth treatments. They're linked to all sorts of unpleasantries, from birth defects to risk of permanent impotence (yes, permanent). Consider using a natural hair loss treatment instead. Try Profollica.