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Superfoods for Hair

Updated on May 24, 2017

What Is a Superfood?

Superfoods are loaded with essential nutrients like proteins, vitamins and minerals. People who include superfoods in their diet are generally healthier than those who do not.

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6 Superfoods for Healthy Hair

The condition of your hair is a sign of your overall health. You need not spend a fortune on hair products and expensive treatments to maintain healthy hair. Cells that make up your hair need a regular supply of essential nutrients.

You will be surprised and delighted to know that you need not spend hundreds of dollars to get these hair-healthy essential nutrients. For all you know, they may be sitting on your kitchen shelf right now.

Here are six superfoods for healthy hair.



These amazing nuts pack a powerful punch in promoting hair health. Hair needs magnesium, an essential mineral found in almonds. Quarter-cup serving of dry roasted almonds provides around 45 percent of your daily recommended allowance of manganese and vitamin E, which are needed for healthy hair.

Snacking on almonds instead of cookies, chips and crackers is a way to promote healthy hair. Another easy way to get in a daily serving is to use chopped, toasted almonds as a garnish for roasted vegetables or whole grain sides like brown rice.



Minerals and amino acids in quinoa aid in the conditioning of hair. Various nutrients in this superfood nourish your hair. This grain offers accessible vegetable protein to gently cleanse your hair.

Amino acids in quinoa repair damage to the hair shaft. Its proteins coat, strengthen and protect the hair. Quinoa promotes hair growth while preventing breakage. Quinoa protein is used in many hair products.

Many shampoo and conditioner brands are utilizing quinoa. Hydrolized quinoa protein forms a protective barrier over the hair shaft; it encourages sheen. Its humectants attract moisture from the air, thereby keeping it well conditioned.



Fiber and other essential nutrients in broccoli purifies the blood and promotes healthy blood circulation, thereby ensuring adequate supply of oxygen to hair follicles. Broccoli prevents hair breakage.

Silicone in broccoli gives shine to your hair. This cruciferous vegetable contains vitamin A, vitamin C and calcium, which are necessary for healthy hair growth. Antioxidants in broccoli strengthen hair roots.


Green Peas

Green peas may not be rich in antioxidants or any specific vitamin or mineral, but these amazing round seeds contain a well-balanced amount of vitamins and minerals like iron, zinc and B group vitamins, which are necessary for maintaining hair health.


Kidney Beans

Zinc, an essential trace mineral in kidney beans, repairs damaged hair. Vitamin B6 prevents hair loss. Biotin, iron and various proteins keep your hair strong. Biotin promotes quick growth of hair.


Vitamin A and vitamin C in spinach promote healthy hair growth. These vitamins enhance the production of oil in the scalp, thereby increasing the growth of your hair.

Green Tea

Green tea restrains growth of DHT, which causes hair fall. Carotenoids, tacopherols, zinc,, ascorbic acid and selenium promote healthy growth of hair. EGCG, a polyphenol, strengthens the roots and activates follicles.

Superfoods are good for maintenance of skin and hair—they may not have absolute skin-changing effects on their own, but they contribute to your ultimate beauty goals, whether that is anti-ageing or lightening dark patches. Use a good brand and consult your doctor if you develop a problem.

— Dr Soma Sarkar, medical director and dermatologist, The Skin Inn, Mumbai

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  • Magnesium in almonds is good for the hair.
  • Minerals and amino acids in quinoa keep your hair conditioned and healthy.
  • Broccoli prevents hair damage.
  • Green peas contain nutrients that promote hair health.
  • Kidney beans repair damaged hair.

The beauty of a woman is not in the clothes she wears, the figure that she carries or the way she combs her hair.

— Audrey Hepburn


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