Question

Healthy Hair and Scalp

What foods should I eat for healthy hair?

A Answers (3)

  • AMichael Roizen, MD, Internal Medicine, answered
    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 eight 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.
    Helpful? 3 people found this helpful.
  • ARealAge answered
    It's one of the maddening ironies of aging: Hair gets thinner where we want it -- on our heads -- and starts sprouting up in places we don't.

    Good trimmers and tweezers are all you need for the latter. For the former, Try these healthy hair foods from Drs. Roizen and Oz -- they can help make your locks look more like they did in your 20s.
    • Eat more salmon. Omega-3 rich foods like salmon and sardines help seal in shine. Distilled fish oils or DHA supplements will work, too.
    • Be a bran lover. Bran is rich in vitamin B, which may slow hair loss and promote hair growth. Other B-rich foods include beans, peas, carrots, cauliflower, soybeans, nuts and eggs.
    • Say yes to avocados. Avocados and avocado oil may prevent dihydrotestosterone (DHT), which kills hair follicles, from getting where it needs to go.
    • Say no to animal fat -- and red meat -- if you're losing hair. They can lead to more DHT production and hair-follicle damage.
    • Stock up on green tea. Brew a strong pot, cool it, then give your head a rinse to help kill off dandruff-causing fungus. Incidentally, if you drink green tea, the caffeine in it may help slow balding.
    Take the RealAge Test!
    Helpful? 2 people found this helpful.
  • AYouBeauty answered
    Your hair will look its best when you nourish it well. That means eating a diet that feeds your hair the essential nutrients it needs. Make sure you get plenty of protein (hair is made up of it), omega-3s (to keep it moisturized), iron (to prevent hair loss) and B vitamins (to encourage hair growth).
    Helpful? 2 people found this helpful.
Did You See?  Close
How can I manage frizzy hair?