3 Super Nutrients For Healthier Hair (And The Foods Where You Can Get Them!)

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There is a multibillion-dollar industry dedicated to making hair more beautiful and healthy, yet many people are unaware that nutrients found in common foods contain some of the active ingredients found in these products. Today we’re going to provide you with a guide to some nutritious and affordable foods that can give you shinier, healthier, and more radiant hair.


1. Biotin

It is well known that eggs are a great source of protein, but not many people are aware that they are great for your hair and nails as well. That is because eggs contain biotin, which is part of the B vitamin family of vitamins, and is responsible for maintaining a healthy scalp and hair growth. Biotin is considered an endogenously produced vitamin, meaning that your body will produce it on its own in the small intestines. However, people with certain intestinal conditions can experience biotin deficiency, which can cause hair loss in some cases. While it is common to see biotin supplements for sale in retail stores, it is generally NOT necessary to use them. Just eat plenty of eggs and you’ll get the biotin you need. Other foods which are rich in biotin include almonds, salmon, avocados and peanuts.


2. Beta carotene

Sweet potatoes are an excellent addition to almost any meal, and are healthier than the more commonly used white potatoes. But what makes them so good for you, and especially for hair? It’s all about the beta carotene it contains, which your body converts into vitamin A. Hair with a dull and flaky appearance is a common symptom of low levels of vitamin A. However, too much vitamin A (which often happens with supplementation) can actually contribute to hair loss too. It is a better idea to simply plenty of foods rich in beta-carotene. In addition to sweet potatoes, carrots, cantaloupe, kale, pumpkin and butternut squash are excellent options.


3. Zinc

This is a mineral a lot of people probably don’t get enough of. Zinc plays a role in several important functions like tissue growth and maintaining healthy testosterone levels. But zinc is also important for making sure the hair follicles and oil glands on your head remain in proper working order. Zinc-rich foods include oysters, red meat, liver, crabs, nuts, cheese and wheat germ. Supplementation is also an option, but be sure not to take too much, as this can contribute to copper deficiency and other health problems.