Dry hair. Brittle hair. Thinning hair. Going, going, gone hair.
When it comes to hair, most men take the wash-it-and-forget-it approach. However, your hair is very much “alive” and responsive to your diet and the chemicals and detergents it comes into contact with. From damaging shampoos (WonderLabs sells a variety of quality shampoos as well!) to chlorinated pools, your hair can be exposed to a lot of harsh chemicals that result in… well… rather lackluster locks.
The good news is that there are quite a few supplements that can help improve your hair’s health…
Vitamin E for Healthy Hair
While Vitamin E is perhaps best known for its heart health benefits, studies have shown that Vitamin E may also play a role in growing healthy hair by enabling capillary growth. You can get Vitamin E in kale and other leafy green vegetables, as well as almonds and many fruits.
Iron for Healthy Hair
If you’re experiencing substantial hair loss, it’s possible that you may be suffering from an iron deficiency. Lack of iron prevents the body from producing hemoglobin, which carries oxygen to cells throughout the body. As a result, hair growth may suffer.
Iron can be obtained through beans and many meats and seafoods.
Omega-3 Fatty Acids
Salmon, walnuts, and flaxseed are all great sources of omega-3 fatty acid, which is known for combatting dry, brittle hair. Adding omega-3’s into your diet (or as a supplement) can potentially improve both your hair’s structural health and appearance.
Protein for Your Hair
Hair is made from protein, so it would make sense that a shortage of protein could lead to unhealthy hair. Whey shakes can help restore damaged or lost hair. Sedentary men should get about 56 grams of protein per day; sedentary women should get about 46 grams per day.