Poor nutrition is a common contributor to excessive hair loss. If your body does not get the nutrients needed for hair formation, the follicle may shut down causing you to lose the hair. Poor nutrition can also cause the hair to grow much more slowly than normal. Changing the diet may remedy this condition.

Adding these 8 foods to your diet may help ensure you get adequate amounts of protein, minerals and other nutrients needed to eliminate heavy hair loss:

Green Leafy Vegetables such as spinach and dark lettuces are known to be high in iron which is essential for hair formation. It is estimated that around 25% of American adults are iron deficient. Dark green vegetables also contain Vitamin A which is needed to produce sebum to lubricate hair follicle. Cruciferous vegetables such as broccoli will also provide these benefits.

Eggs are a good source of B vitamins including B-12 and biotin needed for the formation of flexible hair to avoid breakage. Eggs are also high in protein which forms up to 90% of the hair shaft.

Fish, particularly oily, meaty fish such as salmon is loaded with essential fatty acids such as the omega-3s which are necessary for the production of healthy hair. Fish is also a great source of lean protein and may help to reduce cholesterol levels contributing to male pattern baldness.

Soy protein from products such as soy milk, tofu and edamame beans, are a good source of lean protein and essential fatty acids. Soy also contains phytoestrogens which may help to fight male pattern baldness.

Bean Sprouts are high in silica, which is thought to be important in the formation of the hair matrix. Bean sprouts are also high in iron

Low fat dairy products such as cheeses, yogurt and skim milk are a good source of calcium necessary for structural foundation of hair. Dairy is also a good source of high quality protein.

Beans contain several amino acids and proteins and are high in iron and zinc. Zinc is one of the minerals needed for hair formation.

Tree Nuts such as walnuts, almonds and Brazil nuts are high in healthy fatty acids and protein, iron and silica, all important to hair production.

Eating a well balanced diet including these foods will provide adequate levels of protein, fatty acids, iron and other nutrients to support hair growth. A good nutritional program can help you stop hair loss and grow a healthy head of hair.

Susan Ehlers

Susan Ehlers

Susan was born and raised in Seattle, where she studied Biology. Now she works as a health and nutrition coach. In her free time she enjoys canoeing and hiking together with her husband.

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