By Erma W.
Good ole greens: those foods our parents forced us to eat no matter how much we complained. Little did we know that our parents had it right all along. Those "intolerable" greens that we responded to with tears, pouts, and wrinkled noses are vital sources of vitamins, minerals, and nutrients. Read on to find out how our hair can benefit from the green goods.
1. Spinach: I'm starting with spinach because it was my least favorite vegetable as a child. I really disliked when it was served. I didn't like the way it looked, tasted, or smelled. In fact, I'm still iffy about it. Nevertheless, its health benefits are great. Spinach is rich in vitamins. In particular, it contains high amounts of vitamins A and C, which stimulate hair growth and produce oil in the scalp.
2. Kale: Although I prefer kale chips, I am not opposed to eating it in leafy green form. This veggie sensation has an abundant supply of vitamin K (blood-circulation booster) and is packed with omega-3 and omega-6 fatty acids (elasticity-strengtheners). Kale is a wonderful selection for anyone seeking to stimulate hair growth and reduce breakage.
3. Broccoli: Broccoli was the "tree" of my childhood (that was my nickname for broccoli to make it more interesting to eat.). The bushy-looking veggie contains vitamin E and a hefty amount of protein, a.k.a. the structural foundation of hair. UC Berkeley Professors Leonard Bjeldanes (nutritional science specialty) and Gary Firestone (molecular biology specialty) report that broccoli is high in an enzyme called indole, which is converted to diindolylmethane during digestion. Diindolylmethane has been shown to inhibit the actions of DHT (dihydrotesterone), which is linked to male pattern baldness.
4. Collard greens: I saved the best for last. I've always loved collard greens; I only detest bland ones. Like broccoli, collard greens are rich in protein. The nutrient-rich leafy greens also contain huge amounts of copper, iron, calcium, and fiber. This healthy ingredient cluster strengthens the hair shaft and provides a firm defense against damage.
Whether you love, like, or hate green foods, they do provide a hearty foundation for healthy hair. Give the greens a go and see what they'll do for you.