Keratin and Hair Loss
Keratin is a protein that makes up about 90% of your hair’s composition. It is formed by 18 different amino acids and strengthens the make-up and elasticity of each strand of hair. If you are losing hair or your hair is thinning, understanding how you can improve your body’s keratin production may help you curb the effects of hair loss.
Unlike other nutrients that help facilitate hair growth like vitamins B and D, keratin is not found in one specific food. Keratin is a protein that the body produces. Because the majority of your hair is made of keratin, eating foods to help your body produce it will give you a better chance of growing the hair that you are able to naturally. The following foods aid in the natural production of keratin:
- Cruciferous vegetables – These particular vegetables contain sulfur-rich amino acids that make up one important subgroup of amino acids that help build keratin. Some cruciferous vegetables include kale and brussels sprouts.
- Other sulfurous foods – Legumes, eggs, and meat also contain the sulfur-rich amino acids found in cruciferous vegetables. These options may be preferable to people who don’t eat as many vegetables.
- Protein-rich foods – Animal proteins like red meat, poultry, and fish provide the body with important nutrients for making keratin. Additionally, some vegetarian options include beans, quinoa, and nuts.
- Biotin-rich foods – In addition to keratin, the B vitamin known as biotin can also aid in hair growth and regeneration. Some foods that contain biotin are cauliflower, mushrooms, bananas, nuts, and beans. It’s important to remember when eating foods for the purpose of absorbing as much biotin as possible that heat can interfere with the efficacy, so eating biotin-rich foods in their uncooked form may yield the best possible results.
Helping your body produce as much keratin as possible can help you make the most of your body’s natural ability to grow hair. The only permanent, guaranteed way to reverse the appearance of hair loss is scalp micropigmentation. If you are interested in scalp micropigmentation, someone from Hairline Ink can speak to you today about permanent hair loss solutions. Call us at (585) 250-0835.