Seeds to Eat That Promote Hair Growth

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A handful of pumpkin seeds can up your intake of L-lysine. (Image: George Doyle/Stockbyte/Getty Images)

In most cases, hair loss is due to age, genes or changes in hormone levels. But what you eat may affect hair health, especially if you're deficient in certain nutrients. A 2002 article published in Clinical and Experimental Dermatology suggests that the amino acid L-lysine may offer some benefits to those trying to promote hair growth, and including seeds rich in this amino acid might help.

Seeds for Hair Growth

Seeds rich in L-lysine might aid hair growth. As a building block of protein, amino acids such as L-lysine may play a role in the formation of your hair. Seeds rich in this amino acid include pumpkin, chia, flaxseeds, sunflower and sesame. While these seeds may help up your intake of L-lysine, they are also a concentrated source of calories, so watch your portion to prevent weight gain. Although the amount varies per seed, these seeds are also a source of other nutrients that are important for hair health and growth, including zinc, iron, selenium, a variety of the B vitamins and essential fats.

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