Eyelash growth can occur from eating foods rich in nutrients known for encouraging hair growth. Nutrients such as vitamins E, B complex and C increase blood circulation throughout your body and stimulate hair follicles, according to Holistic Online. Iron, an essential mineral, also plays an essential role in eyelash growth. Eating a well-balanced diet with foods from all food groups is the best way to improve your eyelash and hair growth.
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Spinach is a nutritional powerhouse that can help your eyelash growth in a variety of ways. Spinach, classified as a dark green leafy vegetable, contains rich amounts of iron. Iron is necessary for good hair health, according to MayoClinic.com. If your diet lacks sufficient amounts of iron, hair growth is hindered and hair loss can occur. Eating a 1-cup serving of boiled spinach will provide you with 35 percent of your daily nutritional requirements of iron, according to the World's Healthiest Foods. Spinach provides an excellent source of the hair-healthy B-complex nutrients of vitamins B2, or riboflavin, and B6, or pyridoxine. Eating 1 cup boiled or 2 cups of fresh spinach will supply you with 26 and 22 percent, respectively, of your daily nutritional requirements of these vitamins. Spinach makes an excellent source of the antioxidant vitamins C and E. Vitamin C helps with iron absorption, according to MyPyramid of the United States Department of Agriculture. A 1-cup serving of boiled spinach supplies 29 and 19 percent, respectively, of the daily nutritional requirements for the nutrients.
Varieties of winter squash can help your eyelash growth. These vegetables contain rich amounts of vitamins A, C, E and the B complex vitamins, according to Produce for Better Health Foundation. Excellent sources of these hair-healthy nutrients include autumn harvest gourds such as pumpkin, sweet potatoes, butternut, spaghetti, Hubbard, banana, buttercup, carnival, delicata, zucchini, autumn cup and yams.
Help your eyelash health by enjoying squash in soups, casseroles, stews or as side dishes. Eat the entire squash, including the seeds, flesh and root. Squash can be baked, boiled, grated, grilled and/or broiled. Winter squash can easily be interchanged for pumpkin in recipes. When choosing fresh gourds, pick only those with brightly colored, blemish-free skins, according to What's Cooking America.
Carrots contain large amounts of the antioxidant vitamin A and respectable amounts of vitamin C, according to the Produce for Better Health Foundation. A 1/2-cup serving of raw carrots will satisfy over 200 percent of your daily nutritional requirements for this nutrient. The brighter the color, the higher the nutrient content. The same serving size also provides a respectable 6 percent of your daily vitamin C allotment. Enjoy orange, red and/or yellow carrots as part of your diet. If you do not like raw carrots, drinking carrot juice or cooking your carrots will provide nutritional hair benefits.
Dark greens contain numerous hair-healthy nutrients including vitamins C and E. Vegetables falling into this category include lettuce varieties such as romaine, butter and red leaf. Mustard greens, dandelion greens, turnip greens, kale, collards and bok choy will help your eyelash growth. Other vegetables include broccoli, endive and watercress, according to MyPyramid of the United States Department of Agriculture.