Healthy hair is the result of a healthy lifestyle, which is why it’s recommended to follow a nutrient-rich diet to ensure that your strands are getting the vitamins and minerals they need. In fact, research shows that those who are experiencing hair loss and thinning hair might be deficient in a very important mineral: zinc. Steady levels of zinc are needed in the body to aid in hair tissue growth and repair. The mineral also helps maintain the oil glands around the follicles by keeping them working properly.
“There’s also a link between low iron and zinc levels and temporary hair shedding, called [telogen] effluvium,” Nicole Rogers, a dermatologist and hair-transplant surgeon in Metairie, Louisiana, tells Allure.
Taking a daily zinc supplement could impact the health and appearance of your hair tremendously. Make sure to talk to your doctor before making this switch. You can also get your daily zinc intake from your diet by eating foods that are rich in the hair-healthy mineral. Some foods that are high in zinc include oysters, beef, spinach, wheat germ, pumpkin seeds, and lentils.
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