Healthy hair is an extension of a healthy body! The best way of making sure your hair stays healthy is by making sure your body gets all the vitamins and minerals and the vital nutrients such as protein and omega 3 healthy fats it needs by eating a well-balanced diet. Omega-3 fatty acids are a catalyst for absorbing and preventing deficiency of some key essential nutrients. They make up some of the most important structures of your body like your brain and nervous system as well as being essential for developing cells and hair follicles.
A nutritional disturbance of hair keratin synthesis will result in deterioration to hair strength, condition, and density potentially in the form of chronic hair loss
Hair strength, density, and condition rely on the synthesis of certain amino acids; the nutrient building blocks in protein
These amino acids are:
● Cysteine and Methionine: These are fundamental for hair keratin synthesis, so responsible for shine and vitality.
● L-lysine is contained in the hair root giving hair shape and volume.
● Arginine enhances nutrient supply to the hair follicles by supporting vasodilation thus improving blood flow
For Vegans, there are sustainable boundaries to overcome with the intake of complete or high-quality dietary proteins, because most are sourced from animal foods!
Except for a few plant foods most plants offer only incomplete or low-quality proteins… certain plants lack certain amino acids so they have to be consumed with specific foods to complete the amino acid pattern.
Intake of complete high-quality protein is essential for healthy hair growth!
To make sure you eat the right kind of fats choose foods fortified or enriched with Omega-3 fatty acids. Choose a fusion of plant foods such as flaxseeds, chia seeds, walnuts, leafy green veg along with wild or clearwater fish or clean animal foods like free-range chicken or grass-fed beef.