Want thick, full, lustrous hair? Of course you do!! Great tresses are on the wish list of each and every one of us!

When it comes to healthy hair, it’s not just what you put on them, but what you put into your body that counts more. This is because, just like your skin, strong healthy locks are mostly dependent on optimal nutrition through a balanced diet.

Now hair is a fast growing tissue, so it doesn’t make demands like the rest of your body, but a nutritious dietary helps fortify the hair follicle. Ideally a good mix of protein, complex carbohydrates, vitamins and minerals in your diet improves hair strength and prevent breakage. These are found in a variety of food items, some of which we list below.

Seafood
Vitamin D and omega-3 fatty acids found in Salmon are what make it a must-have for good hair. Omega-3 helps keep your scalp and hair hydrated. We understand Salmon is difficult to get a hold of, so you can substitute it with trout. Shell fish too, like shrimps, pack a similar, hair-nourishing punch. Apart from being loaded with fatty acids, the crustaceans have vitamin D, B12, iron, zinc, selenium and proteins that are great for healthy hair and glowing skin.

Eggs
Can’t eat meat? Go for eggs! They are a great source of proteins loaded with zinc, selenium, sulfur, and iron. The latter is especially important, because it plays a key role in carrying oxygen to the hair follicles preventing hair loss. They are also rich in biotin that helps to improve luster.

Nuts
Nuts in general are fantastic sources of hair-enhancing vitamins and minerals, but walnuts are touted as the very best for nourishment. Walnuts contain a potent blend of omega-3 fatty acids, biotin, protein, vitamin E and copper which protects hair against the harmful rays of the sun by acting as a kinda shield. Walnuts also have copper, a mineral that helps keep your natural hair color rich and lustrous. Brazil nuts and pecans are also good alternatives.

Dark chocolate
Yes, now you have valid reason to indulge in some sinful chocolate, especially if it’s the antioxidant-rich, dark, high-cocoa variety. That’s because the protein, iron and B-vitamins it contains are fabulous for your hair.

Spinach
Coming to the green veggies category, spinach is a great bet for good looking hair. It has iron, beta carotene, folate, and vitamin C that keep hair follicles healthy and scalp oils circulating. You can also try broccoli, kale, and Swiss chard for similar results.

Rice and legumes
Get some brown rice in your diet. Whole grain rice is rich in proteins and minerals that work wonders for your hair. They also contain a lot of zinc, a hormone-regulating mineral, which directly affects the thickness and growth of your mane. Legumes are packed with folic acid and iron which is essential for transporting oxygen from your blood to your scalp and hair follicles. So add these to your diet along with the rice.

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