Monday, May 4, 2009
Medical Reports: Food Fix - Healthy Hair
When it comes to having strong, soft shiny hair, women will spend hundreds of dollars, but we don't have to. One doctor says a few dollars at the grocery store can help you eat your way to healthy hair. Seven's Lynn Martinez has more on the Food Fixes for your hair.
WSVN -- Genetics and hormones play a big part in your hair type, but whether you're hair is blond or brunette, straight or curly, if you want it to look great, you have to eat right.
Dr. Oz Garcia: "Your hair is primarily made of protein, so the sources are very important."
So turn off the flat iron and fire up the stove, nutritionist to the stars, Dr. Oz Garcia says luxurious locks come from the right diet.
First food on his list: Beans.
Dr. Oz Garcia: "All beans, any kind of white bean, lentil beans, red beans, black beans. They are rich in iron. They are rich in zinc. They are also a good source of biotin."
All important minerals for good hair growth. Another real power food when it comes to silky strands, eggs.
Dr. Oz Garcia: "It's rich in choline, which is another nutrient that's good for your hair."
Eggs are also a good source of vitamin B12, which helps prevent hair loss. Next, a couple of vitamin A rich carrots can keep your scalp healthy and make sure your hair stays shiny.
Dr. Oz Garcia: "Raw, juiced or cooked, you are going to get all the nutrients from carrots."
It's also a good idea to work flax seed oil into your diet
Dr. Oz Garcia: "Its a rich source of zinc. Really good, especially for women for giving your hair luster, giving it glow and giving it thickness and body."
And, as always, don't forget to drink plenty of water with your hair-care diet. Dr. Oz even formulated his own.
Dr. Oz Garcia: "Our water has no fluorine, no chemicals at all. It actually is infused with a lot of minerals. We get them from Himalayan Crystal Salt."
Lynn Martinez: "And don't stress your tresses. If you miss one of these foods in your weekly diet, you can always take a supplement on the go."
Dr. Oz Garcia: "There's a product that we recommend, it's called Orosine. It's a combination of magnesium, which is really, really good."
No matter how you style it, the perfect recipe for healthy hair can be found in your kitchen.
Dr. Oz Garcia: "If you're not eating properly, what you will do is you're going to accelerate damage to your hair."
Lynn Martinez: "Other foods to have for healthy hair are dark green veggies and soy products. Next week on Food Fixes, we'll show you how to reduce stress."
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