The number one key to having healthy, shiny hair is a balanced diet. Your body breaks down the nutrients from the food you eat, and from there, it will be carried out to all parts of your body. Just like any other part of the body, your hair needs essential nutrients and vitamins in order to function properly. The cells that make up each strand of hair require certain key nutrients to be healthy. We must remember that the condition of our hair is an outward sign of how healthy we are inside. There are six must have nutrients that your hair needs in order to grow long & healthy. It is Zinc, vitamin D, Vitamin A, Omega 3 fatty Acids, Protein, Biotin. Below I will explain what each of these nutrients do for your hair.

Zinc – Zinc aids in hair growth and keeps the oil glands at the scalp to work flawlessly. Low levels of Zinc can cause hair loss and slow hair growth.

Vitamin D – Vitamin D helps in hair growth. According to researchers at Harvard, Vitamin D may also help wake up hair follicles that have become dormant. Dormant follicles result to no hair growth and balding.

Vitamin A – Vitamin A is one of the most important vitamins for healthy hair. It contains antioxidants that moisturize and helps condition the sebum in the scalp. It keeps the hair from being dry which eventually results in breakage. Vitamin A must be taken with caution, as too much intake can lead to toxicity and hair loss.

Omega 3 Fatty Acids – This is the secret to a shinier, healthier, and stronger hair. It nourishes the hair follicles and adds luster and elasticity to the hair. It prevents the hair from being dry and brittle and protects the scalp from being dry and flaky.

Protein – This is the most important nutrient for hair health. Hair is composed mainly of the protein keratin, this gives hair its strength and flexibility. If there’s not enough protein in your diet, it will have an effect on how healthy your hair is.

Biotin – Biotin helps in hair growth and keeping the hair shiny. It increases hair elasticity and protects against dryness. However, the intake of Biotin must be accompanied with a balanced diet. Biotin must not be ingested too much, as it may cause problems in the skin and release of insulin.

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