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Notes by Positive Paula 23/04/13

Tuesday, April 23, 2013

8 Top Foods to Eat for Healthy Hair

By Mehmet C. Oz, MD, and Michael F. Roizen, MD

Of course you care how your hair looks. Who doesn't? Ever since humans emerged from caves, we've used our hair to broadcast two messages: "I'm healthy and powerful," and "Hello, honey, how about it?" Some politicians get elected just because of their healthy hair.

What you feed your body also feeds each of the 150,000 hair follicles on your head. Try these 8 top foods for healthy hair that tells everyone you're as young as you feel -- or even younger:

•Green tea, walnuts, and salmon. The polyphenols and omega-3s in these foods are good for more than your heart and brain. They also help make your hair shiny. (If you're fighting dandruff, try rinsing with green tea. It helps prevent dandruff-causing fungus.)

•Fruit. Brightly colored fruit, such as peaches, strawberries, mango, kiwi, and tomatoes (yep, they're a fruit!) are rich in vitamin C, which is essential for making collagen that gives structure to hair. Vitamin C firms skin, too.

•Beans, whole grains, and other healthful B-rich foods. B vitamins (especially vitamin B6 and folic acid) ensure a good supply of blood and oxygen to your hair follicles, which encourages growth and may slow hair loss. Other B-rich foods include beans, peas, carrots, cauliflower, soybeans, nuts, and eggs.

•Dark green veggies. Think spinach, broccoli, and Swiss chard. They're great sources of vitamins A and C, which help produce sebum, the scalp oil that's a natural hair conditioner.

•Dark sesame seeds. The Chinese swear this keeps a man's hair darker longer.

•Say yes to avocados. Avocados and avocado oil may prevent dihydrotestosterone (DHT), which kills hair follicles, from getting where it needs to go.

What food should you skip for healthy hair? Pass on animal fat (the kind in red meat), especially if you're losing hair. Animal fat can lead to more DHT production and hair-follicle damage. DHT shrinks hair follicles in men who are genetically predisposed to hair loss.

Take care,

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  • v SISSIE21
    Thank you for sharing these! Quite handy to know... emoticon emoticon
    1192 days ago
    Oh my, I have to really chime in here and say decreasing the amt. of red meat in my diet has REALLY REALLY helped!

    I have both Hashimotos and type 2 diabetes -- both cause hair loss. My hair was HORRIBLE then I stopped eating red meat except occasionally. VOILA! My hair is not as thick as it used to be, but hey . . . it covers my head, so that's a good thing.

    Thanks for the tips.
    1192 days ago
  • v ARTJAC
    1192 days ago
    Thank you so much for sharing this great tips!! emoticon
    1192 days ago
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