By Jonna of NaturallyGLAM
When it comes to healthy hair, what we put IN our bodies is just as important as what we put ON our hair. Many of the nutrients essential to healthy hair are found in fruits and vegetables. But why worry about if something is in season or not? Frankly, “fresh” fruits and vegetables aren’t always fresh. By this time that out of season fruit or vegetable has traveled hundreds of miles to your grocer’s shelves, the nutritional value has greatly diminished or disappeared.
The advantages of seasonal eating are that you eat foods that are picked when they are ripe or very close to the peak of ripening. They spend less time on their way to the supermarket, so they are at their optimal nutritional value. It is also budget-friendly, because you buy the food without the shipping cost.
Let’s focus on some fruits and vegetables that are currently in season and how they promote healthy hair and hair growth.
Apricots: Apricots are rich in a number of essential vitamins to boost healthy hair, including beta-carotene, vitamin A and vitamin C, as well as fiber and potassium.
Asparagus: Asparagus is rich in protein, Vitamin C, Vitamin A, and folic acid. It also contains fiber and iron. Asparagus stimulates hair production and is also a good source of silicon for healthy hair. Vitamin E also works toward healthy hair and can be found in asparagus.
Broccoli: Ounce for ounce, broccoli contains more vitamin C than an orange. Broccoli is an excellent source of vitamins A and C, which your body needs to produce sebum. Vitamin C is great for your hair as it aids in circulation to your scalp.
Collard Greens: Collard greens are an excellent source of vitamin C, fiber, iron, copper, and calcium. Incorporating these greens will give your body the extra boost it needs, and in turn allows you to improve the chances of growing hair.
Honeydew: Deficiencies in folic acid can cause hair loss, so it is vital to hair growth that you consume folic acid in your diet. Honeydew melons contain folic acid.
Mango: Ripe mangos hold the largest amount of beta carotene. Mangos contain sources of vitamin E, which improves circulation to the scalp by enhancing oxygen uptake.
Oranges: A sufficient amount of inositol prevents hair loss and promotes hair growth. To add inositol to your diet, eat oranges. Oranges also contain folic acid and vitamin C, which it is vital to hair growth.
Spinach: Vitamin E can be found in spinach and it works toward healthy hair. Spinach is an excellent source of vitamins A and C, which your body needs to produce sebum. Spinach is also rich in iron, calcium and omega-3 fatty acids.
Strawberries: There are high amount of folate in strawberries. Folate is a B vitamin that contributes to strong, healthy hair. Strawberries also contain folic acid and vitamin C, which it is vital to hair growth.
Swish Chard: Swiss chard is rich in biotin, an important hair vitamin that promotes hair growth and strength. Swiss chard also has high amounts of vitamins C and A, both of which assist in the production of sebum.
Watercress: Watercress can be used topically to treat dandruff and prevent hair loss, due to its sulfur, iron, zinc and vitamin A content. The best results are obtained by rubbing the scalp and the hair with a watercress tincture.