I love to eat organic food but do not love paying the pricy prices that comes with maintaining a chemical-free diet. To help keep my food bill low, and to support local farmers, I like to join food co-ops.
Most food co-ops allow customers to purchase organic foods at a low price. The food co-op I belonged to in Brooklyn did but the co-op in Albuquerque does not. Go figure. Anywho, I enjoy eating healthy, and applying fruits and vegetables to my daily diet is a must. So I put together a list of produce that are great for promoting healthy hair and its growth. Check it out.
Carrots are an excellent source of vitamin A, which may keep your scalp healthy leading to well-conditioned shiny hair, according to Good Housekeeping. Try snacking on carrots and hummus for a healthy dose of protein, monounsaturated fat and complex carbohydrates.
Citrus fruits contain inositol, a type of sugar related to glucose, also known as vitamin Bh. Not only does inositol lower cholesterol and help your body break down fats, it also stops hair thinning and may protect against hair loss.
Dark Leafy Green Vegetables
Spinach, Swiss chard, collards and bok choy all contain vitamins A and C, which help your body produce sebum. Sebum, an oily substance produced by hair follicles, acts as a natural conditioner for your hair. These vegetables also have calcium and iron, two minerals needed for hair growth.
Red Bell Peppers
One red bell pepper contains more vitamin C than a cup of orange juice. Eat the pepper raw, as cooking destroys some of the nutrient content, states the University of Maine. Vitamin C is a powerful antioxidant which increases circulation to the scalp and promotes hair growth.
Avocados are a good source of vitamin E, which is important for healthy hair growth, according to Holistic Online. Other sources of vitamin E include olive oil, vegetable oils, nuts and seeds.
Cherry juice is a rich source of iron. Anemia is a frequent cause of hair loss, so ensuring your diet contains adequate amounts of iron may prevent anemia. Dark leafy green vegetables, dates, raisins and dried fruits are also high in iron.
Blueberries, raspberries and cranberries contain powerful antioxidants which promote hair growth by increasing circulation to the scalp. The dark pigmentation in these berries comes from healthy bioflavonoids, rich in vitamin C.
Although not technically a fruit or vegetable, flaxseeds and walnuts are excellent plant sources of omega-3 fatty acids. An omega-3 deficiency may result in a dry scalp and dull, lifeless hair, according to a spokesperson for the American Dietetic Association.