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National Nutrition Week 2021: 6 nutrients you need for smooth and healthy hair

National Nutrition Week is celebrated to create awareness about health and nutrition. The healthy week is observed from September 1 to September 7 every year.

In March 1973, members of the American Dietetic Association introduced National Nutrition Week to spread a nutrition education message and promote the profession of dietetics. Inspired by the initiative, the government of India started observing the week in India in 1982. The main objective of the initiative was to spread awareness and encourage everyone to understand the nutritional value and follow a healthy lifestyle.

This year, the theme of National Nutrition Week is feeding smart right from start.

Conditioning our body is crucial for a healthy and sustainable lifestyle. The healthier you are on the inside, the healthier you’ll look on the outside. Smooth and healthy hair surely plays a pivotal part in adding that extra glow to your appearance. The right balance of nutrients is the ultimate key to achieve desired hair goals.

On the occasion of National Nutrition Week 2021, here are 6 important nutrients you need for smooth and healthy hair:


When the iron level falls at a certain point, you may suffer from anemia. Balancing the iron contents in your body is as important as breathing. Loss of iron can cause severe hair loss making your hair frizzy and thin. Food like red meat, fish, and chicken contains iron with high bioavailability. For vegetarians, food like lentils, spinach, broccoli, kale, green salad, and other leafy vegetables can be consumed as iron sources.

Vitamin B:

This nutrient works to stimulate hair follicles to grow healthy hair. According to several researchers, vitamin B plays a prominent role in hair fall reduction, shiny hair, and reducing gray hair. Food like brown rice, leafy vegetables, chicken, quinoa oatmeal, and salmon are the ideal sources of vitamin B. The nutrient strengthens hair follicles and increases their circulation to the skin.

Zinc and Selenium:

The lack of zinc and selenium can cause a dry and flaky scalp leading to hair fall. These two nutrients work wonders for the scalp. Whole grains and fortified cereals along with oysters, beef, and eggs are a good source of zinc.


Our hair is formed of protein, so it is vital to regulate our protein intake. The lack of protein can make your hair dry and brittle. On the other than, low protein consumption can restrict your hair growth. Food like chicken, eggs, fish, turkey, and other dairy products are excellent sources of protein.

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Omega-3s are found in the cells that line the scalp and also provide the oils that keep your scalp and hair hydrated. Oily fish such as salmon, trout, herring, sardines, and mackerel are rich sources of omega-3. Also include avacado, walnuts, and pumpkin seeds to improve the quality of your hair.

Vitamin A

Your body turns beta carotene into vitamin A. You need this nutrient to make sebum, an oily substance created by your hair sebaceous glands, and provides a natural conditioner for your scalp. The nutrient helps protect your hair from dullness and dryness. Include sweet potato, carrots, pumpkin, mangoes, and cantaloupe for a rich source of vitamin A.

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