Proteins are not only designed to supercharge your muscles they feed your hair from root to tip, too. Today we decided to reveal a secret for longer and stronger strands. Follicles are made of protein also known as keratin, by applying topical protein hair treatments will help protect and strengthen your hair.
A diet rich in protein will also help strengthen hair fiber. Make sure to include proteins in your diet as well as apply topical protein treatments from time to time for a healthy and stronger hair.
Why Proteins Matter in Your Diet
Sure, you already know piling your plate is a winner for your body. Turns out, the same goes for your mane.
“The macronutrient, along with its building blocks and amino acids, are critical for hair growth and the formation of keratin – your hair’s main structural component,”
Explains nutrition expert Amy Goss
Consuming animal protein is the best way to get your daily dose of strand-strengthening amino acids, but if you’re vegetarian or vegan, certain meat-free proteins such as soybeans, brocoli and quinoa will give you what you need.
“When it comes to quantity, aim for 30 grams of protein three times a day for optimal hair health.”
Physician Gabrielle Lyon Adds
Signs you’re probably not hitting the numbers? Frizz, lack of shine and hair fall.
Why Proteins Matter in Your Hair Care
Bleaching, heat styling and environmental aggressors (UV rays, wind and dry air) strip moisture from hair and erode the amino acid chains that form the keratin in each strand, says hair expert and product formulator Philip B.
When those chains are damaged, you see breakage, split ends and roughness, he adds. Protein-based products can rebuild the amino acid chains and also help lock in moisture. Contrary to old school thinking, regular use of these formulas won’t make hair brittle; any protein your strands don’t absorb just rinses away. But intensive treatments can weigh hair down, so limit use to once or twice a week. OK?
The Hair Care Menu
Whether nibbled or infused into a product, here is the list of protein-rich foods that have serious hair fortifying powers.
Soybeans – ½ cup contains 33 grams of protein. Soybeans are the best natural source of proteins and mainly composed of protein but also rich in carbohydrates and fats. 136% daily amount is recommended.
Dairy Milk – 1 cup contains 8 grams of protein. It is the blend of both whey and casein protein and dairy products like cheese, eggs, milk, yogurt are good sources of protein. Recommended daily amount is 16%.
Quinoa – It is another natural source rich in protein and 1 cup contains 8 grams protein. The quinoa is gluten-free, highly nutritious and also rich in fiber. Recommended daily amount is about 48%.
Almonds – ¼ cup contains 6 grams of protein. Almonds are rich in a variety of vitamins and minerals including vitamin E, protein, calcium, magnesium, and potassium which promotes strong and healthy bones as well as beneficial to the rest of the body. About 12% is recommended daily amount.
What are Other Sources of Protein
Here are some additional foods that are rich in protein and provide optimal functionality to your body as well as to your hair.
- Eggs – rich in minerals, vitamins, fats, and antioxidants.
- Chicken Breast – it is considered as the most popular source of protein in food.
- Oats – nutritious food enriched with essential vitamins, minerals, and antioxidants.
- Cheese – especially cottage cheese is the great source of calcium, phosphorus, vitamin B-12, and B-2.
- Beef – it is a high-quality source of protein which delivers a healthy dose of protein, iron, zinc, and vitamin B-12.
- Fish – it is extremely high in protein and also contains Omega-3 fatty acids and a large number of other vitamins and minerals.
- Brussel Sprout – it contains a small amount of vitamin B6, potassium, iron, thiamine/B-12, magnesium, and phosphorus. And very high in fiber, vitamin K and vitamin C.
- Broccoli – it is a great source of vitamins K and C, a good source of folic acid and also provides potassium, fiber. It helps build collagen, which forms body tissue and bones. An ideal source of protein for Vegetarians.
- Lentils – high in fiber, magnesium, potassium, iron, folic acid, and vitamin B-6.
There can be no exaggeration of the importance of eating enough protein. The more you eat protein-rich food the more you will find yourself in a better and in a healthy position. Like I stated before proteins are not only good for your body but they are also great for your hair. So keep eating protein-rich food and on top of that use topical products that are formulated with proteins rich ingredients.