Super Foods for Super Hair

Dark Chocolate2Every women wants a gorgeous head of hair. In America, we spend millions of dollars on products, stylists, and hair we didn’t grow to make our mane the envy of others. Oftentimes, we forget that the most beautiful hair begins with what we put inside out bodies. Chef Aryen Moore-Alston has complied a list of super food to help up get that super hair. Note that dark chocolate is on the list so make a special request for Valentine’s Day!

1. Blueberries
All berries are good for you, but those with a blue hue are among the best. They have the highest antioxidant level of all commonly consumed fruit. They also deliver 3.6 grams of fiber per cup. The antioxidants in blueberries protect you from premature aging and the vitamin C is critical for circulation to the scalp and supports the tiny blood vessels that feed the hair follicles.

2. Greek Yogurt
One cup of low-fat Greek yogurt has more calcium than a cup of fat-free milk. With its trifecta of carbs, protein and fat, it can help stave off hunger and keep blood sugar levels steady. Yogurt is great for your posture, nails and teeth and most importantly hair. Mix it with fruit or granola for breakfast or as your mid-afternoon snack.

3. Eggs & Poultry
Eggs are a great source of protein and are loaded with four key minerals: zinc, selenium, sulfur, and iron. Iron is especially important, because it helps cells carry oxygen to the hair follicles. Because hair is nearly all protein, foods rich in protein (i.e. chicken, pork and lean cuts of beef) are literally giving you the building blocks for your hair.

4. Sweet Potatoes
You should be eating this super food more often than just at Thanksgiving. Sweet potatoes are a great source of betacarotene, which the body turns into Vitamin A. It helps protect and produce the oils that sustain the scalp. Being low on Vitamin A can leave you with dandruff. I suggest trying a few Sweet Potato Baby cupcakes if in need of a snack! (*wink wink*)

5. Dark Chocolate
I won’t judge you if you keep a secret stash of chocolate in your purse. Dark chocolate contains potassium, copper, magnesium and a high concentration of iron. Dark chocolate helps skin stay hydrated and protects skin from sun damage, and contrary to popular belief, does not cause acne. The best kind of chocolate has a high flavanol content and should be at least 60 percent cacao.

6. Spinach
This leafy green vegetable is rich in nutrients and antioxidants. Spinach is loaded with lutein, which keeps your eyes healthy and sparkling and is also a good source of vitamins B, C, and E and a host of other treats for your hair. Spinach helps keep hair follicles healthy and scalp oils circulating. Trade your lettuce for spinach, or sauté spinach for a quick, healthy side.

7. Salmon
Wild salmon is one of the best food sources for omega-3 fatty acids (and is rich in protein and vitamin D), which helps keep your skin supple and moisturized and your hair strong. Salmon also has selenium, a mineral that protects the skin from sun exposure. Omega-3s are also found in cell membranes in the skin of your scalp, and in the natural oils that keep your scalp and hair hydrated. Try it grilled, baked, in your pasta, with a salad, in sushi, or just with a side of asparagus.

8. Goji Berries & Walnuts
These chewy, tart berries have a hunger-curbing edge over other fruit: 18 amino acids, which make them a surprising source of protein. Snacking on them with walnuts will give you a greatomega-3/amino acid boost as walnuts are rich in both biotin and vitamin E. Too little biotin can lead to hair loss.

9. Buckwheat Pasta
Swap plain noodles for this hearty variety. Buckwheat is high in fiber and, unlike most carbs, contains protein, so it’s harder to overeat buckwheat pasta than the regular stuff. Cook this pasta as you do rice. Simmer it, covered, over low heat. For a light meal, toss cooked buckwheat pasta with broccoli, carrots, mushrooms and onions.

10. Olive Oil
One of the most shocking benefits of olive oil is that it can prevent and even cure hair loss. The natural conditioner properties of olive oil add moisture to the scalp: an area that people tend to neglect. Olive oil also has antibacterial properties and anti-fungal properties that fight off common scalp and hair problems.

Guest Blogger

PENT_Aryen-Moore-Alston-BioChef Aryen Moore-Alston is the owner of a successful catering business and a finalist on the Food Network’s “Food Network Star” reality TV cooking show. Learn more about her and order some of her delicious desserts at www.sweetpotatobaby.co. She also has a gorgeous head of hair!

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