The #1 Best Food to Stop Hair Loss: Eat This, Not That
August 3, 2022
Hair loss is extremely frustrating to experience because it can be difficult to prevent or control. You may also feel defeated because often you may not know the reason behind it. Yes, losing some hair is natural in the aging process, but there are other potential factors such as genetics, lack of nutrients, stress, or other underlying issues.
While some of these factors are more difficult to manage than others, getting more of the right nutrients into your daily diet can be a helpful way to prevent further hair loss.
According to Lauren Manaker, MS, RDNauthor of A New Mom’s Pregnancy Cookbook and How to Feed Male Fertility, “One of the best foods for healthy hair is eggs, specifically egg yolks.”
Read on to find out how eggs can help with hair loss, and for more tips on healthy aging, check out What Science Says About Foods That Really Slow Aging.
Eggs contain nutrients and vitamins that can help stimulate hair growth. According to Manaker, “Eggs are a natural source of biotin, a favorite nutrient that supports hair health.”
Biotin is a type of B vitamin and, in addition to eggs, can be found in meat, animal organs, fish, seeds, and nuts. In one egg you’ll get about 10 micrograms, which is 33% of your recommended daily value. According to the National Institutes of Health, this is almost the highest percentage of biotin, second only to beef liver. And let’s face it: Eggs are a little easier to incorporate into your meals than liver!
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Manaker points out, however, that there are some limitations to the research when it comes to preventing hair loss.
“Although there is not a lot of data showing that biotin specifically prevents hair loss“There is some data to suggest that deficiency of this nutrient is linked to unhealthy hair growth,” he says. “So eating foods with biotin like eggs can help hair grow at a healthy rate.”
One review found that biotin supplementation helped with hair growth and nail strength in participants who had underlying problems such as brittle nail syndrome. The study concluded that more research is needed on what biotin can do for people who do not already have hair or nail problems.
Another review on hair loss and vitamin supplementation emphasizes that biotin supplementation is not necessary in healthy people.
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Since these research articles are primarily about supplementation, it’s still important to incorporate food sources of biotin into your diet, and eggs are an easy and inexpensive way to do it.
Manaker also mentions that another hair-related benefit of eating eggs is that “they contain high-quality protein, which is another nutrient that helps support healthy hair.” In fact, a three-month study in women with thinning hair found that protein supplementation could possibly help reduce hair thinning and hair loss.
So if you’re looking to prevent or stop hair loss, consider picking up an egg carton on your next trip to the grocery store!