We all want healthy, shiny, hair and many of us spend a lot of money on products and treatments to get our locks to look their best. Some of these options do work, but much of what we don’t like about our hair comes from what we’re missing in our diet. You are what you eat isn’t an overstatement. The food we choose directly impacts our health right down to the follicle. The benefits of eating vegetables like broccoli and leafy greens have been seared into our brains, but the last time you stood in front of the mirror critiquing your coif, did you think, “I should eat more fish”?
You may have considered taking supplements or adding an egg or two to your breakfast in the morning. Not a bad idea, but getting your weekly recommended portion of seafood could be even better for you. Salmon for example is loaded with protein, especially wild salmon which gets much of its nutrients from krill. There are roughly 33 grams of protein in a six ounce portion of this flavorful fish. Without enough protein, your body can’t replace the hair it sheds naturally every day. Low protein diets can also lead to dry, flaky skin on your body and scalp.
Zinc is another essential nutrient for strong, healthy strands and oysters are teaming with it! Three ounces of oysters contain more than 445 percent of your recommended daily value. Zinc helps build proteins and facilitates neurotransmission of cells in your body. If oysters aren’t for you, fear not. Crabs and lobster aren’t far behind as a good source for this necessary mineral. In fact, shellfish like oysters, Alaskan king crab, and shrimp are also high in iron, a mineral you simply can’t live without. Similar to zinc, iron contributes to cellular health. Its primary function is carrying oxygen in the blood. An iron deficiency can lead to anemia which interrupts the supply of nutrients to the hair follicle resulting in hair loss. Women who are pregnant are often vulnerable to developing anemia because nutrients typically used to sustain her body are being shared by the baby. If you’re pregnant and shedding a lot of hair, eating seafood high in iron may correct the problem.
Vitamins A and B7 (biotin) are also big players in hair health. Vitamin A helps produce the natural oil known as sebum. Most of us know it’s good for our skin, but this oil is what gives hair its shine. Have you ever walked by someone and paused because you noticed their shimmering mane? Chances are they are consuming foods packed with vitamin A like tuna. When it comes to biotin salmon rises to the top once again. This vitamin keeps hair from becoming brittle. If you start to see a few more split ends add some salmon back into your diet.
Before you reach for that hot oil treatment or that expensive conditioner, you might want to sink your teeth into a tantalizing tuna steak, salmon filet, oysters, mussels, or Alaskan king crab legs! All of these fabulous fish are rich in omega 3 fatty acids. Omega 3 is responsible for producing oils which condition and hydrate the scalp and hair. Our body doesn’t make omega 3 on its own so to feed our follicles, we need to include these types of foods in our weekly diet.
Is your hair not looking its best? Maybe it’s time you came in to dine with us! We serve all of these nutrient-rich seafood dishes, so come on in for lunch or dinner! Your hair and scalp will thank you.