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What Food Helps Your Hair Grow?

A healthy diet doesn’t just help you achieve great, glowing skin, but also supports hair growth. Strong, vibrant hair thrives on a healthy and balanced diet. Your hair’s quality can improve without all of the fancy shampoos, conditioners, exotic oils, and serums- just watch your diet!  Paying more attention to your diet can really improve your overall appearance.

  1. Salmon- Think of it as the fish for your hair. Because it’s so high in oils and rich in omega-3 fatty acid, Vitamin B12 and iron; your hair will shine and even the health of your scalp will improve.
  2. Eggs- The protein packed snack or meal can improve hair, nails and skin with help from the B12 and B7 vitamins also stored inside. Because hair, nails and skin are all composed of protein, consuming protein helps to strengthen brittle hair.
  3. Oysters- Zinc is a vital mineral to keep your hair healthy and strong, in fact, without it you could end up with a dry scalp and worse- lose your hair and even your eyelashes. Thankfully, three ounces of oysters account for 493 percent of your daily value. Zinc also helps combat against premature aging!
  4. Walnuts and Almonds- Nuts are a great source of nutrition, and with walnuts rich in biotin and vitamin E, hair cells are protected from DNA damage. Walnuts also provide copper, a mineral that helps hair color stay rich and glossy. Almonds are rich in omega-3 fatty acids, which serve as a hair loss regenerator.

Lentils- Full of folic acid, Lentils provide the hair and scalp with much-needed oxygen. Folic acid is necessary for healthy blood cells to move the oxygen supply and is essential for cell renewal. Healthy hair growth needs oxygen and Lentils are the perfect suppliers. Dr. Rokhsar provides his patients with one-on-one consultation in order to determine the best and most effective treatment.

Hair and nails are actually a modified type of skin. Hair grows everywhere on the human body except for the palms of hands, soles of feet, eyelids and lips. The health of your body can show through the quality of your hair, and how well your diet maintains the growing mane. There are many different types of foods that contain the vitamins and nutrients necessary to achieve lustrous locks.

  1. Carrots- As an excellent source of Vitamin A, carrots can stimulate sebum production (oil) in the scalp. Sebum is important to keep the scalp and hair moisturized. A low secretion of sebum damages hair and causes flaky scalp and dandruff.
  2. Sweet Potatoes- Beta carotene is an antioxidant which the body turns into vitamin A. Sweet potatoes provide an abundance, as it also helps to produce and protect the sebum oils that keep the scalp and root moisturized. Low vitamin A can result in itchy dandruff.
  3. Spinach- Iron, beta carotene, folate, and vitamin C are packed into a serving of spinach that can promise a heap of hair help. The boosters in spinach help hair follicles stay healthy and sebum oil in the scalp circulate. Don’t like spinach? Opt for nutrient-rich leafy vegetables such as broccoli, kale and Swiss chard.
  4. Greek Yogurt- Greek yogurt has grown in popularity over the past few years, and it’s good for your hair that it did. Greek yogurt is high in hair-healthy protein, vitamin B5, also known as pantothenic acid, an ingredient on hair care product labels, and vitamin D. Cottage cheese, low-fat cheese, and skim milk also provide hair benefits.
  5. Blueberries-Vitamin C is one of the most useful nutrients for the hair, skin, nails, teeth, energy, and other organs. Blueberries can provide the body with a bounty of vitamin C, which is necessary for the scalp and support of the tiny blood vessels that feed the hair follicles. Not enough vitamin C will lead to hair breakage.

Dr. Rokhsar consults his patients on a personalized level in order to provide tailored treatment to their cosmetic and medical needs. Those with hair loss issues can seek advice from fellowship-trained, Dr. Rokhsar.

About author - Dr. Cameron Rokhsar

Dr. Cameron Rokhsar

Dr. Cameron Rokhsar, MD, FAAD, FAACS, is the founder and medical director of the New York Cosmetic, Skin, & Laser Surgery Center. Dr. Rokhsar is a graduate of Harvard College and NYU School of Medicine. Dr. Rokhsar is double board certified in dermatology and micrographic dermatologic surgery, being one of the few select dermatologists in the country who is also fellowship trained in laser surgery. A researcher and innovator, Dr. Rokhsar is the creator of the non-surgical nose job and has been instrumental in the research and development of laser systems such as the Fraxel, CO2, Mirady, Vbeam, Themitight, and Ulthera devices. An Associate Professor of Dermatology at Mount Sinai Hospital in NYC, Dr. Rokhsar actively teaches the cosmetic dermatology clinic to the resident at Mount Sinai. An expert injector of fillers, and a trainer for many companies, patients fly in from around the world to see Dr. Rokhsar in his Garden City and Manhattan offices in New York.

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