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How does what I eat affect my hair?

Dr. Mehmet Oz, MD
Cardiology (Cardiovascular Disease)
For your hair to have the shine and shape that you want, it needs protein and healthy fat -- not directly, mind you, but through your diet. Therefore, eating healthy sources of protein and fat provides a better foundation for good hair health than any store-bought product you may use. And that also means that a big enemy of healthy hair is disordered eating, as you won’t have full hair or great shine if you have an inadequate or unhealthy diet.

The best nutrients for hair health are biotins -- B vitamins found in nuts, egg yolk, and avocados -- and healthy fats, like those found in salmon, canola and olive oils, walnuts, and flaxseed. Taking half a daily multivitamin twice a day will help, too.
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