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Do Certain Fruits Make Your Hair Grow?

author image Verneda Lights
Verneda Lights has been writing and editing articles about art, science, health, business, history and religion since 1970. Her work has appeared in "Essence," "Working Women Stories & Poems" and "National Geographic." She holds a Bachelor of Arts in history from Bryn Mawr College, a medical degree from University of Pennsylvania School of Medicine and a Master of Business Administration from Strayer University.
Do Certain Fruits Make Your Hair Grow?
Long hair. Photo Credit: puhhha/iStock/Getty Images

A shiny, healthy, full head of hair is a joy to have and behold. A balanced diet is essential for a healthy mane. The growth, feel, and look of your hair depends upon how well hair follicles are nourished by oxygen and nutrients such as niacin or B-3, folic acid or B-9, pyridoxine or B-6, and vitamins A, C and E. According to Alternative Health Specialist Dr. J. D. Decuypere, many fruits contain these necessary nutrients.

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B Vitamins & Fruit

Fresh fruits.
Fresh fruits. Photo Credit: Ryan McVay/Photodisc/Getty Images

Niacin or vitamin B-3 plays an important role in production of cellular energy, blood flow, and healthy functioning of your skin, hair, and digestive tract. Examples of niacin-rich foods are avocado, boysenberries, dates, guava, lychee, mango, nectarines, peaches and passion fruit.

Pyridoxine or vitamin B-6 is active in the formation of red cells, which supply oxygen to your hair follicles. B-6 also plays an important role in protein metabolism. Hair is mostly made of the protein keratin. Foods that are rich in B-6 are avocado, banana, cherimoya, dates, grapes, guava, lychee, mango, passion fruit, pineapple, pomegranate and watermelon.

Folate is the form of vitamin B9 that occurs in nature. Folic acid is the synthetic form of B9 that is prescribed by doctors and used to fortify foods. Folate plays an important role in creation of healthy red cells needed to carry oxygen to every cell in your body. Hair follicles also require adequate blood flow and oxygen supply for proper growth. Harvard School of Public Health recommends that doses of folic acid be limited to 400 micrograms per day. An increased dose of 600 micrograms per day is recommended if alcohol intake is regular. (Ref. 1) Fruits rich in folate are: avocado, blackberries, cherimoya, dates, guava, lychee, mango, orange, papaya, pineapple, pomegranate, raspberries and strawberries. (Ref.3)

Vitamin A

Cantaloupe melon.
Cantaloupe melon. Photo Credit: George Doyle/Stockbyte/Getty Images

Vitamin A has a positive effect on the immune system and is important in the health of skin, hair, and mucous membranes. However, doses higher than 100,000 IU can cause hair loss. Vitamin A can be found in most fruits, but is especially abundant in cantaloupe, guava, mango, papaya, passionfruit, tomatoes and watermelon.

Vitamin C

Kiwi fruit are high in Vitamin C.
Kiwi fruit are high in Vitamin C. Photo Credit: gibgalich/iStock/Getty Images

Vitamin C is a powerful antioxidant that is a known contributor to immune health. It also plays an important role in maintaining the integrity of the microcirculation that supplies blood to your hair follicles. Black currants, guava, kiwi, lychee, mango, mulberries, orange, papaya, passionfruit, pineapple and strawberries are rich in vitamin C.

Vitamin E

Cranberries. Photo Credit: Elena Elisseeva/iStock/Getty Images

Vitamin E supports circulatory health and empowers oxygen uptake. According to, vitamin E may also stimulate hair growth through its positive effect on the immune system. Avocado, blackberries, black currants, blueberries, boysenberries, breadfruit, cranberries, guava, kiwi, loganberries, mango, mulberries, nectarine, papaya, peach, pomegranate and raspberries are rich sources of vitamin E.

Crowning Glory

Long, healthy hair.
Long, healthy hair. Photo Credit: Eduard Titov/iStock/Getty Images

Healthy hair has beauty that transcends age. How your hair looks reveals much about your style and health. Knowing which fruits have nutrients that promote hair health will help you to shop wisely for the health, look and future of your hair.

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