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Role of Nutrition and Diet in Hair Growth

Dr. Aman Dua | November, 11 2014 | 0 Comments

Health is the vital factor supporting hair wellbeing. The living part of hair, the hair root lies beneath the scalp skin. It derives its nutrients from the blood. However, if it is hampered by reduced intake of important nutrients as a result of crash diet or due to nutrient deficiency then they tend to develop dry, stringy and dull hair with a heavy hair fall. Fortunately, it can be restored once the deficiency is addressed and the content of nutrients is raised in the diet. Apart from this, health concerns such as stress, trauma, and smoking also affect the hair adversely.

There are three critical nutrients which contains in various foods, as they are essential for healthy hair and plays important role to the growth of hair longer and faster i.e. protein, zinc and biotin. The roles of the above mentioned components is discussed below:

Diet and food for hair growth


 Hair is essentially made up of protein. These are the building blocks of hair. So diet rich in protein is to be taken to promote hair growth. Eggs, fish , chicken should be consumed in plenty . Vegetarians can opt for soya, sprouts, dals and dairy protein.


This mineral promotes cell reproduction, as well as tissue growth and repair. It is also important for the maintenance of oil-secreting glands attached to the hair follicle. Zinc deficiency can lead to hair loss. Zinc can be consumed by eating eggs, meat, legumes, nuts, whole grain and seeds. Too much intake of zinc can lead to hair loss; therefore it is advisable to get enough zinc from food rather than consuming supplements.


 Is a part of vitamin B complex, another nutrient associated with and is meant for proper metabolism of protein, fat and carbs. Over time, although rare, a biotin deficiency results in skin rashes and hair loss. As per the study conducted by the Harvard University, biotinis one of the most important nutrients for preserving hair strength, texture andfunction.People that consume adequate amount of protein should not have a biotin deficiency, though vegetarians may be at a risk. Good food sources of biotin are eggs, liver and soy.

The recommendation listed above can help you analyse the significance of nutrition in an everyday life and how its incorporation in a daily diet can help you have healthy tresses and stunning look.

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Dr. Aman Dua

Dr. Aman Dua

Dr. Aman Dua, Co-Founder & Managing Director at AK Clinics has over 14 years of clinical and teaching experience in the fields of Dermatology and Hair Transplant. Clinically, she has practiced aesthetic dermatology as a Consultant at Dayanand Medical Hospital, Ludhiana where she also served as the Assistant Professor & Skin Specialist for a number of years.

Over the course of her career, she has garnered acclaim as a facial aesthetics expert, with special interest in non-surgical acne scar removal. She practices as a Chief Dermatologist at Ludhiana Clinics.

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