Following the anti-inflammatory diet should put you on the nutritional path to great hair; however, hormonal changes, exposure to heat and other chemicals in styling products can take a toll on our precious tresses.
Some of the key nutrients needed for healthy hair and nail growth include protein (protein is necessary for all cell growth, including hair cells). Protein is especially critical, considering that hair is composed of hardened proteins called keratin. Without adequate protein to build keratin, hair growth slows and the strands that do grow are considerably weaker. Iron, omega-3 fatty acids, zinc, and vitamin A are also vital to maintaining healthy hair. Often, women cut calories and fat (even healthy fats) which can lead to insufficient levels of nutrients that can stunt hair growth or leave hair dull, lifeless and without body.
Some of the best nutrients and super foods for hair include:
Biotin, a B vitamin essential for hair growth and overall scalp health, also found in our Hair & Nail Formula Supplement.
Find it in: Eggs, peanuts, almonds, wheat bran, salmon and avocados.
Zinc, a mineral that supports tissue growth and wound repair-including hair and nail growth. Zinc also helps to keep the oil glands around the hair follicles working properly. A deficiency in zinc can lead to dandruff and hair loss.
Find it in: pumpkin seeds, oysters and cashews.
Vitamin A is necessary for all cell growth- including those that comprise hair and nails.
Find it in: spinach, sweet potatoes, cantaloupe.
Selenium, a trace mineral used to help create antioxidant enzymes.
Find it in: Brazil nuts.
Iron, a critical component to healthy nails. Anemia or iron deficiency can cause brittle nails.
Find it in: Lentils are a particularly good source of iron-rich protein. Do remember to consume your iron with Vitamin C ester as it helps enhance absorption.
These nutrients can be found in the Hair & Nail Formula, Dr. Perricone’s new supplement regimen designed specifically to promote healthy hair and nail growth.