Top Nutrients To Help Prevent Hair Loss

Written by: Brandi Monasco

Are you tired of seeing yourself lose hair?

While hair loss is common to both men and women, it certainly is annoying and not very attractive. Genetics play a critical role and there are other contributing factors to why people lose hair and a few of those factors include an underactive thyroid gland, deficiency of hair growing nutrients, hormonal imbalance and insufficient blood flow to the scalp.

Many foods contain essential vitamins and minerals that are needed for the development of healthy hair. Just like your skin, the condition of your hair is a reflection of your overall health.  And because of this, your hair requires a continuous supply of vital nutrients and below are what you should eat to ensure that you have – and keep – healthy hair:

#1. Protein: Your hair is made of 100% protein, so making sure that there is enough protein in your diet is essential to keeping your hair strong and healthy. Otherwise, what you will get is brittle, dry and weak hair. In extreme cases, not having enough protein in your diet can result in hair loss. Making sure that your diet is high in protein rich foods can go a long way in helping you maintain healthy hair.

Protein Rich Foods:

  • Legumes
  • Nuts
  • Chicken
  • Turkey
  • Fish


#2. Iron: One of the symptoms of anemia (when there is too little iron in the body) is hair loss. This is not surprising given the fact that the hair follicle and root derive their nutrients from nutrient-rich food. When your iron levels fall below a critical level, anemia sets in, resulting in the loss of hair. So, to prevent hair loss, it is important that you are eating foods that are rich in iron.

Iron Rich Foods:

  • Beans
  • Seafood
  • Spinach
  • Raisens
  • Apricots
  • Peas


#3. Omega-3: Omega-3 fatty acids are known to provide the oil that keeps your scalp and hair hydrated, which in turn, keeps your hair healthy and beautiful.

Omega-3 Rich Foods:

  • Herring
  • Sardines
  • Salmon
  • Trout
  • Mackerel
  • Avocado
  • Walnuts
  • Pumpkin seeds


#4. Zinc And Selenium: There are many reasons why people suffer from dry, flaky scalp or hair loss and one reason is often a lack of zinc. Zinc affects the hormones in your body by helping to keep them balanced, which also helps in preventing hair loss. Selenium is used in your body to help regulate your thyroid, which also regulates your other hormones.

Zinc And Selenium Rich Foods:

  • Whole grains
  • Beef
  • Oysters


What natural methods do you use to help take care of your hair? Share with us in the comments below!

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Brandi Monasco

Brandi Monasco

Health Advocate at Gettin' Healthy
Brandi Monasco is a freelance writer, graphic designer and social media manager from Texas. She graduated with a Bachelor’s Degree in Communication Arts and has recently found a new love for health and nutrition.
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