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6 Nutrients To Fight Hair Loss

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As we know, and as science continues to report, our level of well-being and health is a reflection of several factors, including what we put into our bodies. It should come as no surprise, then, that hair health and nutrition go hand-in-hand. We’ve rounded up a list of handful of nutrients, and the foods that contain them, that may help you keep all your precious locks.

Copper
Copper is essential for keratin. The trace mineral has been said to possibly help hair maintain its natural color according to this study. A cup of cooked shiitake mushrooms contains plenty of copper, enough for all your hair needs. Seaweed and sesame seeds are other sources of copper.

Zinc
Zinc has also been linked to hair loss and thinning. Mushrooms, along with seafood, spinach, pumpkin seeds, and chocolate are good places to find zinc.

Vitamin A
Beta-carotene converts to vitamin A which helps prevent against dry, dull hair and stimulates the production of sebum; the naturally-occurring oil that makes your hair nice and shiny. Orange-colored foods contain beta-carotene, so, for more vitamin A, try eating sweet potatoes, carrots, and pumpkin.

Sulfur
Where do you find sulfur? Eggs. A good portion of hair is made up of the protein called keratin. Keratin needs sulfur. Without it, hair can end up brittle and dry.

Omega Fatty Acids
Touted for its omega-3 fatty acids, fish like salmon are super anti-inflammatory. That’s great news because inflammation is not something you want. Other sources of omega fatty acids include walnuts, chia seeds, and flax seeds. Note, there are different kinds of omegas, including 3, 6, 9, and 12, and you should aim to get a balanced mix of all. Eating eggs, avocados, different types of nuts and seeds like chia, will help to see that you're getting enough of each.

Amino Acids
As a building block of protein, amino acids are essential for all aspects of health including cell growth and repair. Amino acids help build that protein called keratin we already mentioned as well as create red blood cells which carry oxygen and nutrients to the hair follicles. Among the amino acids responsible for hair growth, are arginine, cystine, cysteine, lysine, and methionine. Because lysine and methionine aren’t produced naturally by our bodies, we need to ingest things like eggs, lentils, nuts, legumes, sesame seeds, fish, and brazil nuts.

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