Eating a healthy diet and leading a proper lifestyle invariably shows on the body. But some extra effort can ensure that you truly have a lustrous mane. A step in that direction would be to include some nutrient-dense seeds in your diet.
You can eat them raw or cooked, but eating them consistently will definitely make a difference. Here are the top seeds we recommend for that healthy, shiny and strong hair.
1. Sesame Seed
Whether black or white, these power-packed seeds are great for healthy and shiny hair. They are a rich source of minerals, vitamins, polyunsaturated fatty acids and cholesterol-lowering phytosterols that also help in protecting heart health, improve blood pressure and balance out the hormones. You can put them in ladoos or even in your everyday veggies while cooking.
2. Sunflower Seed
These tiny seeds pack in quite a punch of nutrients. But the main one’s that promote hair growth and protect hair from environmental toxins are the antioxidant vitamin E, the density-promoting omega-3 fatty acids, and zinc. You can sprinkle them on your food, or make a home-made trail mix and munch on it as a snack.
3. Pumpkin Seed
A treasure trove of nutrients and minerals such as zinc, selenium, copper, magnesium, iron, calcium, and vitamins A, B and C – pumpkin seeds are tasty in equal measure. They help curb thinning hair, especially in men suffering from baldness due to excess testosterone. These ones are great for snacking; they’re not fried and go very well with the evening tea.
4. Flax Seed
Flaxseeds are one of the richest sources of plant-based Omega-3 fatty acids. One of the main components that reduce hair fall and promote hair growth. They additionally are also rich in fibre, protein, magnesium, calcium, and phosphorus, all of which facilitate weight management and promote overall well-being. You can ground them in your smoothies or sprinkle them on your salads for maximum benefits.
5. Fenugreek Seed
While you can pound the seeds into a paste and use it as a hair mask, eating the seeds work like a dream as well. Also known as methi, these seeds are a rich reserve of protein, niacin, amino acids and potassium – all of which help in promoting hair growth. You can add them to your vegetables while cooking for that extra added flavour.
6. Chia Seed
Chia seeds, too, are abundant in omega-3 fatty acids and work wonders in promoting a healthy scalp and hair. They also come loaded with a lot of fibre, protein, and other essential minerals and antioxidants that help boost the digestive health, and reduce the risk of heart diseases and diabetes. They can be had in a smoothie, an oatmeal bowl, or even as a chia seed pudding.
Some of these seeds can also be coupled with nuts like almonds and peanuts for added taste, in case you’re munching on them as a snack!
(Edited by Saiqua Sultan)