6 Nutrients for Healthy Hair

Learn about the nutrients that give hair a healthy boost.

October 17, 2013, 4:33 PM
PHOTO: Eating food rich in protein, vitamin B and other nutrients can help make hair healthier.
Eating food rich in protein, vitamin B and other nutrients can help make hair healthier.
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quicklist: 1 category:6 Nutrients for Healthy Hairtitle: Iron and zincurl:text: Iron and zinc help hair follicles to grow, says Wilma Bergfeld, MD, a dermatologist at the Cleveland Clinic, who suggests eating lean red meat, which is rich in both, twice a week. Pair nonmeat sources, such as soybeans or lentils, with a vitamin C-rich food like an orange to boost iron absorption.

quicklist:2category:6 Nutrients for Healthy Hairtitle: Vitamin Durl:text:Several studies have found that D may help activate hair growth. Take a 1,000 IU supplement daily.

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quicklist:3category:6 Nutrients for Healthy Hairtitle: Omega-3 Fatty Acidurl:text:Eat fatty fish (like salmon) twice a week for hydrated hair, or take up to 1 gram a day of a DHA and EPA supplement.

quicklist:4category:6 Nutrients for Healthy Hairtitle: Proteinurl:text:It boosts hair strength; women should get at least 46 grams a day (3 ounces of chicken has about 23).

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quicklist:5category:6 Nutrients for Healthy Hairtitle: Biotinurl:text: Eggs are rich in this B vitamin essential for growth. Or take a 30mcg supplement daily.

This article originally appeared on Health.com.

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