Why You Should Love Fruits and Veggies!!!

When it comes to healthy hair, it’s not just what you put on your tresses that counts — it’s what you put in your body, too. We know fruits and veggies are good for our health, but did you know that they can have healthy hair benefits as well?

Fruits and veggies are full of nutrients and vitamins that are good for your hair. Your body requires protein, complex carbohydrates, healthy fat, vitamins and minerals to grow strong, shiny hair. Inadequate nutrition, extreme dieting or illness may result in hair loss. Your body prioritizes nutrients, with vital organs and systems receiving vitamins and minerals first, and then hair follicles and fingernails receiving whatever nutrients are left. Eating a well-balanced diet high in omega-3 fatty acids, vitamins A, B and C, and iron will help you grow luxurious locks.

Carrots are an excellent source of vitamin A, which may keep your scalp healthy — leading to well-conditioned shiny hair, according to Good Housekeeping. Try snacking on carrots and hummus for a healthy dose of protein, monounsaturated fat and complex carbohydrates.

Bananas are not only sweet, but are also hair-growth boosters. The secret ingredient in these fruits is the nutrient biotin. Biotin has been heralded as the natural growth steroids for hair and nails. Many people have used a biotin-fortified diet to combat hair loss. Studies suggests that biotin promotes hair growth and infuses strength and thickness into every strand.

Citrus fruits contain inositol, a type of sugar related to glucose, also known as vitamin Bh. Not only does inositol lower cholesterol and help your body break down fats, it also stops hair thinning and may protect against hair loss.

Spinach, Swiss chard, collards and bok choy all contain vitamins A and C, which help your body produce sebum. Sebum, an oily substance produced by hair follicles, acts as a natural conditioner for your hair. These vegetables also have calcium and iron, two minerals needed for hair growth.

One red bell pepper contains more vitamin C than a cup of orange juice. Eat the pepper raw, as cooking destroys some of the nutrient content, states the University of Maine. Vitamin C is a powerful antioxidant which increases circulation to the scalp and promotes hair growth.

Avocados are a good source of vitamin E, which is important for healthy hair growth, according to Holistic Online. Other sources of vitamin E include olive oil, vegetable oils, nuts and seeds.

Cherry juice is a rich source of iron. Anemia is a frequent cause of hair loss, so ensuring your diet contains adequate amounts of iron may prevent anemia. Dark leafy green vegetables, dates, raisins and dried fruits are also high in iron.

Blueberries, raspberries and cranberries contain powerful antioxidants which promote hair growth by increasing circulation to the scalp. The dark pigmentation in these berries comes from healthy bioflavonoids, rich in vitamin C.

The nutrients you eat today help fortify the hair follicle — from which each strand is born — and the scalp that surrounds it. “Healthier follicles? Healthier hair. Healthier scalp?