When it comes to luscious locks, it’s not enough to douse our hair with products. Hair needs nutrients and antioxidants to thrive. Enter: Superfoods. Superfoods contain high amounts of vitamins,…
When it comes to luscious locks, it’s not enough to douse our hair with products. Hair needs nutrients and antioxidants to thrive.
Superfoods contain high amounts of vitamins, minerals and antioxidants, which help you on the path to strong, shiny, healthy hair. Look for foods that contain omega-3 fatty acids, iron, antioxidants vitamin A, vitamin C, vitamin E, B vitamins, and zinc. We joined forces with our friends at Jurlique, Australia’s favourite botanical based skincare company to share some of our fave superfoods for stunning hair.
Omega-3 fatty acids in chia seeds provide oils that keep your scalp and hair nourished and hydrated. Your body cannot produce omega-3 fatty acids by itself, so it’s essential to eat enough nutrient dense, plant-based sources of omega-3s!
Not just for Halloween, pumpkins contain iron, vitamin A (for cell growth – helps your hair grow faster) and vitamin C and E which both provide antioxidants that repair your body’s cells and help protect them from damage.
Asparagus is rich in folate (a B vitamin) which plays a significant role in breaking down protein, and thus aiding in hair follicle growth. Folate is also essential for gene synthesis and red blood cell formation.
Lentils are packed with plant-based protein and are rich in the B vitamin biotin. Biotin promotes hair growth by producing amino acids which form all important proteins necessary for hair growth. A lack of biotin can even lead to hair loss, so stock up on dahl and lentil salads!
Spinach is packed with iron – your hair follicles receive oxygen from the iron in your red blood cells which is essential to the hair growth cycle. A lack of iron may result in shedding, so make like Popeye and chow down on some spinach; we love it in green smoothies for breakfast and in our Palak Tofu & Turmeric Rice.
Almond are an excellent source of vitamin E, with 30g of almond providing over a third of your daily vitamin E intake! Vitamin E protects your hair from sun damage and aids in cellular repair.
How to start creating a healthy hair diet
Incorporating superfoods into your diet is easier than it sounds. Adding a handful of foods to your regular meals could make a world of difference to your locks – without requiring much effort on your part. Here are a few of our favourite ways to up your superfoods intake:
- Top your morning avocado on toast with a teaspoon of chia seeds
- Lightly pan-fry spinach in coconut oil and add lemon juice and pumpkin seeds for a simple starter or side dish
- Toss asparagus in a mixture of coconut oil, nutritional yeast, salt and pepper, and oven roast for ten minutes
- Make a thick pumpkin soup, or roast thick slices of pumpkin with a drizzle of olive or coconut oil, and to a salad of lentils and rocket
- Top your morning porridge or coconut yogurt with almonds and chia seeds, or try our Chia Pudding!
For more tips to incorporate superfoods into your diet, check out Jurlique’s article on skin-loving superfoods over at the Jurlique’s blog. And while you’re there, take a look at their natural skin care for some extra TLC!
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