8 African Foods to Grow Healthy Hair

Every lady wants healthy, soft, shiny and beautiful looking hair. Be it long, smooth straight, silky and wavy or short curly, braided, spiky and covered, the desired preference is on whether or not the hair is healthy. Men on the other hand also want their hair with some style and enough to cover their head.

According to some reports, we lose close to 50-150 hair strands daily, this is normal as doctors say we gain about 100 new strands daily as well.

However, in order to keep your hair healthy, you need to take adequate care of them as you would your body parts. To achieve visible healthy results, eggs, walnuts, sweet potatoes, spinach, salmon, oysters, poultry, Greek yoghurt, blueberries etc need to be added to your routine diet.

Proteins boost up the growth of your hair and make them strong, so increase the number of proteins in your diet. Also, vitamins like A, B, C, E and Biotin are very beneficial for healthy hair so always take vitamins rich diet or multivitamins. Just as your body needs good nutrition to remain healthy and perform optimally, likewise your hair needs good nutrition. So eat healthy food and reduce the amount of sugar and fats in your diet. Smoking and lack of adequate sleep also affect the hair.

The nutritional deficiencies in the hair show up after several months, unlike the deficiencies that occur in several other body parts after days or weeks. Therefore, patience is required to notice the benefits of these hair care foods on the hair over a period of time.

Here are ten healthy foods to incorporate into your diet to increase health growth

Walnuts:

Walnuts. Credit - superfoodsrx.com
Walnuts. Credit – superfoodsrx.com

Walnuts are rich in Omega 3 fatty acids, Vitamin E, Biotin, minerals and copper. All these contents speed up the growth of the hair and keep it healthy by protecting DNA cells from damage, and shielding them from strong sun rays. This also keeps the hair’s natural colour rich and lustrous. Biotin also reduces the hair fall to a great extent. Walnut oil can also be used in salads.

Walnuts are rich in Omega 3 fatty acids, Vitamin E, Biotin, minerals and copper. All these contents speed up the growth of the hair and keep it healthy by protecting DNA cells from damage, and shielding them from strong sun rays. This also keeps the hair’s natural colour rich and lustrous. Biotin also reduces the hair fall to a great extent. Walnut oil can also be used in salads.

Kidney Beans:

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Red kidney beans. Credit – limsakdakul.com

Kidney beans are small in size but rich in Zinc, Biotin and iron, which is individually explained in other steps are all very helpful for a healthy and strong hair.

Mackerel Fish:

Mackerel fish. Credit - commons.wikimedia.org
Mackerel fish. Credit – commons.wikimedia.org

Mackerel fish is also a rich source of Omega 3 fatty acid, vitamin D and protein. Your body needs fatty acids to grow healthy hair, 3 % of your hair is made up of fatty acids but human body can’t produce it so you need to take it in the diet. Omega-3 helps in hydrating your scalp and hair and can be found in the cell membrane of the scalp skin. Other sources of fatty acids are Sardines, walnuts, Pumpkin seeds and Avocado.

Mackerel fish is also a rich source of Omega 3 fatty acid, vitamin D and protein. Your body needs fatty acids to grow healthy hair, 3 % of your hair is made up of fatty acids but human body can’t produce it so you need to take it in the diet. Omega-3 helps in hydrating your scalp and hair and can be found in the cell membrane of the scalp skin. Other sources of fatty acids are Sardines, walnuts, Pumpkin seeds and Avocado.

Poultry :

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Poultry is also a rich source of Protein, vitamin B, Iron and zinc which keep hair strong, healthy and plentiful. The major part of the hair is protein,  protein-rich foods play an essential role as building blocks for the growth and health of hair.Eggs are rich sources of Protein and minerals like selenium, sulphur, zinc and iron. Iron is very beneficial for the cell as it carries oxygen to the follicles of hair. The deficiency of iron in human body causes hair loss.

Oysters:

Oysters. Credit - cookingmamas.com
Oysters. Credit – cookingmamas.com

Oyster is a rich source of zinc which plays a vital role in making your hair strong and its deficiency in the diet leads to hair fall off the head as well as eyelashes and also flaky and dry scalp. Grain bread and fortified cereals are also good sources of Zinc. Oysters are also a rich source of Protein, and as already explained, a major part of the hair is made up of protein approx. 97 % Protein. The deficiency of protein in your diet will make your hair weak, dry and fragile and ultimately will lead to the shedding of hair.

Sweet Potato:

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Sweet potato. Credit – huffingtonpost.com

Sweet potatoes provide a rich source of an antioxidant called beta-Carotene. The beta-carotene is converted into vitamin A by the human body. The availability of vitamin A is very necessary for the functioning of every human cell. The deficiency of vitamin A also leads to dandruff, itchy and irksome. It helps in the production of oil that keeps the scalp healthy. Other rich sources of beta-Carotene are mangoes, apricot, pumpkin, cantaloupe and carrots.

Sweet potatoes are rich sources of the antioxidant beta-Carotene. The beta-carotene is converted into vitamin A by the human body. The availability of vitamin A is very necessary for the functioning of every human cell. The deficiency of vitamin A also leads to dandruff, itchy and irksome. It helps in the production of oil that keeps the scalp healthy. Other rich sources of beta-Carotene are mangoes, apricot, pumpkin, cantaloupe and carrots.

Leafy Green Vegetables:

Leafy green vegetables. Credit - jblairlane.com
Leafy green vegetables. Credit – jblairlane.com

Green leafy vegetables contain beta-carotene, vitamin C and iron which keep the scalp oily and keep the follicles of hair.

Tomatoes:

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Tomatoes. Credit – kamdora.com

Tomatoes are high in vitamin C, which is very beneficial and critical for the support of the small blood vessels that feed the hair follicles and blood circulation to the scalp. The deficiency of vitamin C can lead to hair fall and breakage.

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