Superfoods are nutrient-loaded and energy-packed food items which when introduced in the daily diet have proven to make changes in the individual’s well-being and life from within. Health is supreme, whether it is in the internal functioning of the body or health of the scalp, hair and skin. Here is a list of 5 superfoods that will bring a positive difference to your body along with leaving you with beautiful luscious tresses.
Gooseberry or ‘Amla’, as is popularly known is something that every grandmother swears by for healthy and shiny hair. Apart from being a traditional Indian Ayurvedic medicine with its anti-oxidant, anti-inflammatory, anti-bacterial and anti-cancer properties, it is an excellent hair booster because of anti-oxidants like emblicanin, phyllantine, quercetin, gallic acid and ellagic acid and presence of a ton of nutrients. Amla has 17 times more antioxidants than pomegranate, which itself is considered a very wholesome fruit. It is also a repository of Vitamin C (highest in plants), Amino Acids, Calcium, Phosphorus, Iron, Carotene, Vitamin B Complex, Proteins, etc. which help in providing, strength, shine and thickness along with reversing gray hair and stimulating hair regrowth.
Almonds consist of all the nutrients essential for hair health and regrowth. It a storehouse of nutrients, particularly biotin, B-vitamins, omega 3 and 6 fatty acids, plenty of protein, magnesium and calcium. Almonds are a vegan’s best friend as it is the best non-dairy source of calcium. In addition to all the wonderful goodness, almonds are an excellent snack and are filling to the stomach, therefore, curbing consumption of unhealthy junk food which further inhibits hair damage due to oily and greasy foods. However, do not be carried away due to their crunchy texture and nutty taste. Too many almonds can lead to an upset stomach. It is best to incorporate 8 to 10 soaked almonds in the everyday diet for luscious hair.
The world may be going gaga over kale as a superfood but our humble ‘Palak’ beats it any given day. Spinach has higher fiber percentage, iron, magnesium and folic acid and lesser calories than kale. One is bound to think that there was a serious fault in the characterization of Popeye being bald as spinach is filled with the goodness of hair growth stimulating vitamins, minerals and fiber which promotes healthy long hair and fixes bald patches. Spinach can be eaten in the form of salads, soup, vegetable or paranthas. Though all of them are delicious, lovely spinach paranthas, spinach corn, and palak paneer are our personal favourites.
Commonly known as methi seeds in Indian kitchens, it is a one-stop solution to all the hair problems ranging from hair fall to dandruff. It is rich in Nicotinic Acid, Lecithin, Potassium and Proteins which are wonderful for hair growth, hair health and reversing gray hair. You can incorporate fenugreek seeds in your diet by soaking a tablespoon in water at night and consuming it in the morning. Before looking forward to these powerhouse seeds, It is important to warn you that it doesn’t have the best of tastes. In fact, it is quite bitter so much so that you might have to gulp it down rather than eating it. Alternatively, you can grind the soaked seeds into the paste and apply it directly on the hair. Keep it for around 30 minutes on the scalp and then wash it off. Use a good quality shampoo with a pleasant fragrance thereafter.
It is now common to see a tagline-’ with egg proteins’ in hair care product commercials. It is because eggs are the ultimate source of Protein and Biotin, which improves keratin structure in the hair. Deficiency of Biotin and Protein are major triggers for hair loss and balding. Besides that, it also has Vitamin A, Vitamin D, Folate, Zinc, Vitamin B12, Iron, Omega 6 fatty acids and Selenium, all of which promote healthy, bouncy and shiny hair. You can either apply eggs directly on the hair or consume it regularly in your everyday diet.
Some of the drawbacks of superfoods are that they may not agree with the taste buds, leave a smell behind or are simply not available in our daily life all of the time. If you feel you are done and dusted with all these remedies and want a permanent professional solution, visit a trichologist at a hair treatment clinic for proper diagnosis of all the hair problems.