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Recently I introduced the idea of juicing as a way to improve your nutrition without having to resort to supplements.
I have been juicing myself for a while now and honestly I can say that nothing is more delicious than a freshly extracted fruit and vegetable juice to start the day. It gives you an instant boost of energy and somehow you feel like you are doing your body good!
Well, the first step to beginning to put together some wonderful juices is to figure out the particular vitamins that are involved in hair growth and how they can be incorporated into your regimen from a natural source.
The best place to start of course would be with the hair growth supplements* themselves. You can bet that majority of the large supplement companies have paid to have some good research done that speak to the effectiveness of their products. Based on this, all we have to do is piggyback on their research to create a list of all the food products you need to support your hair growth efforts naturally. Yes I know it’s cheeky but it doesn’t encroach on anyone’s patent!
Remember that by utilizing the fresh fruits and vegetables in juice form, we are getting vitamins and trace minerals in the right combinations and concentrations as they are found in nature. This is something that no supplement can claim.
So here is a list of the most common vitamins/minerals found in hair supplements, why they are important for hair growth and their food sources. Where possible, I have included fresh & dried produce rather than meat or processed enriched food products.
Vitamin A* – Contains antioxidants that fight free radicals and also helps your hair grow thicker and stronger. Food Sources – Carrots, mangoes, sweet potatoes, paprika, dark leafy greens, butternut squash.
Vitamin B1 (Thiamine) Part of the B vitamin complex group. They work together to reduce hair loss, increase hair growth rate and prevent hair from graying too early. Food Sources – Sunflower seeds, navy beans, black beans, dry peas, lentils.
Vitamin B2 (Riboflavin) – Riboflavin plays a crucial role in hair growth by working in conjunction with vitamin B6 and B3 which are also key to hair growth and development. Food Sources – Soybeans, mushrooms, spinach, tempeh, almonds.
Vitamin B5 (Pantothenic Acid) – Another member of the B vitamin family which in conjunction with other vitamins helps prevent hair loss. Food Sources – Avocado, yogurt, corn, broccoli, sweet potato, cauliflower, collard greens.
Vitamin B6 (Pyridoxine) – Works in conjunction with other B vitamins to help regrow hair. Food Sources – Rice and wheat bran, dried herbs and spices, pistachios, hazelnuts.
Vitamin B7 (Biotin*) – Another B vitamin that stimulates follicles and makes the hair grow in thicker and healthier. Food Sources – Swiss chard, carrots, onions, cucumber, strawberries, raspberries.
Vitamin B12 (Cobalamin) – A B12 deficiency may occur in avid vegetarians, vegans or those on birth control pills. Deficiency causes hair loss among other symptoms. Food Sources – Mussels & oysters, beef, eggs, fish, liver.