Plant-based lifestyle or veganism is trending gradually. Religion, personal belief or mere love towards animals, etc. are generally the reason behind this type of lifestyle. A healthy diet is the first thing recommended over and over again by experts for an active and fit life. It doesn't matter whether you prefer a vegetarian or non-vegetarian diet. The only thing that matters the most is if your intake has an adequate nourishing supplement or not.
We will discuss all-vegan food out of the vegetarian diet chart for healthy, bushy and shiny hair.
Why your hair loves protein so much!
85% of your hair is composed of a protein called keratin. Lack of protein may show signs of excessive hair shedding, brittleness or limited hair growth. Our body's supply of protein is prioritized to the other parts of the body because of the non-essential function of hair. Adding the following plant-based food, you can add more protein to your diet:
- Quinoa: It is a versatile, nutritious crop plant that looks similar to beetroot and spinach. You can cook its grains as you would cook any other grain to eat, but you can also eat its leaf. It contains all essential amino acids and packs fiber, vitamins and other minerals.
- Beans & Lentils: There are delicious recipes available to cook lentil or a variety of beans. They are also the cheapest source of protein that you can get for your body.
- Nuts: The protein content varies depending on the type of nut. Peanuts, almonds, cashew, hazelnut, walnut are rich in protein as well as other essential nutrients.
- Coconut: It is anyway popular for hair growth so you must add coconut in your diet for additional protein intake.
You can also add chickpeas, seitan, tofu, tempeh, etc. to get good protein. Lactose tolerant vegans have the option to add cheese and other milk products. Besides protein, vitamin B12 is another essential supplement for hair.
Stick to dairy products for Vitamin B12
Vitamin B12 keeps the nervous system function normally and plays a vital role in DNA production. It metabolizes amino acids and supplies oxygen to your hair follicles. Vitamin B12 deficiency can cause hair to fall. Therefore, this is another essential supplement your diet must provide adequately.
Organically vitamin B12 is not found in plants and vegetables. Meat and other non-vegetarian food are rich in vitamin B12 therefore, to maintain balance in your vegetarian diet, you must include dairy products like milk (and eggs if you can).
We discussed, protein & vitamin B12, but iron is another important supplement you should add in your diet to boost your hair growth. Iron deficiency can also result in hair fall. So, before it happens, add dark leafy green vegetables like spinach, broccoli, okra (ladies' finger) in your daily diet. We have already recommended cashews, quinoa and nuts above as they too are rich in iron content. Almonds, pulses, molasses, apricots, etc. are some more choices for the same.
Although protein, vitamin B12, and iron may not be the only reason behind your hair fall, your hair will undoubtedly love the continuous stream of these supplements through your diet. Optimize your vegan diet for healthy hair because you can!