Having beautiful hair is not only achieved with proper hair care, it also involves healthy hair growth. If your hair follicles produce healthy hair strands, then naturally, you will have strong and beautiful hair, able to withstand the elements such as the heat of the sun, or even exposure to chemicals like dyes and styling products.
Of all the nutrients needed for hair growth, protein is the most important. Why? Because our hair is mostly made of a protein called keratin, the same protein found in our skin and nails. Foods rich in protein are soya beans, lentils, milk, cheese, fish and lean meats from pork, beef and chicken.
Iron is an important mineral for hair growth. Our blood, especially red blood cells, need iron to effectively bind with oxygen to carry all over the body. Now our hair producing cells are considered one of the fastest growing cells in the body, and these cells needs a constant supply of nutrients and oxygen for them to function properly. Also, Iron deficiency can cause hair loss.
Vitamins are also essential for hair growth like biotin, pantothenic acid, riboflavin, inositol, niacin and folic acid. Vitamins act as co-enzymes that help the body metabolize food more efficiently. Also, each vitamin have a specific role in the body, any deficiency or toxicity will result into a disease. So it is also not advisable to take high doses of a certain vitamin.
But there are specific vitamins that beautify and strengthen hair growth. The so called “hair vitamins” are pantothenic acid and biotin: pantothenic acid or pro-vitamin B5 makes hair really soft, shinny and slippery, making hair easy to comb. Biotin or vitamin B7 strengthen each hair strand. Both vitamins prevent hair breakage, hence promoting faster hair growth.
It is also good to consume essential fatty acids from fish, shellfish, soya oil, canola oil and walnuts. Our body produce a natural oil call sebum, which is a great skin and hair conditioner.