Antioxidants help reduce hair loss and speed up hair growth, but which foods and supplements contain the most antioxidants for hair?
In this article you’ll discover my favourite 27+ foods, herbs, spices and supplements that are bursting with hair growing antioxidant power.
One thing that’s important to note however is that although many people are eating more foods that are rich in antioxidants, they might not be getting any benefit from them whatsoever.
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If the antioxidant foods are poorly combined or enter a digestive tract that is ‘backed-up’ and already covered in mucus they won’t be much good at all. In fact they could even make the situation worse.
That’s why it’s so important when eating healthy food to consume them in the right combinations, and ideally you’ve undergone a 7 day detox which has thoroughly cleaned out your colon, so you can properly absorb all the goodness of the foods.
Often people are willing to spend plenty of money on the latest super-antioxidant food, like blueberries, but consuming them on a full stomach or with a poorly functioning digestive tract means they will just ferment in the stomach and become nutritionally useless.
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Anyway let’s get into it!
It is well known that free radicals contribute to premature aging, and as such they can be considered one of the mechanisms through which hair loss can take place in men aka male pattern baldness.
Especially when present in the scalp free radicals might not cause hair loss in the first place but they certainly speed it up.
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However if they’re being produced in abundance from within the body then you’re fighting a losing battle.
Free radicals are formed when a weak bond of a molecule is split leaving an unpaired electron. This molecule is then left in need of another electron so it can become stable, but it must steal this from another molecule.
The result is a chain reaction of molecular damage (which leaves the cells in our bodies damaged and unable to function efficiently.) The faster our cells need to be repaired, the faster we age.
Smoking, pollution, radiation and inorganic chemicals found in our food and water all increase the number of free radicals in our bodies.
And this is where antioxidants come in. Antioxidants break the chain reaction of free radical damage by donating one of their own electrons.
When free radical damage occurs in the scalp then the result is often damage to the hair follicle where it exits the skin and this inevitably leads to hair falling out, and growing back less often.
Ok, so let’s get straight to the point. What can we do to stop free radical damage as much as possible considering the amount of pollution and inorganic chemicals that we come into contact with in our modern lives?
Basically we need to eat more antioxidant foods, in the right combinations and timings with a cleaned out colon and efficiently functioning digestive system.
These are the best ones you can buy, but remember to see the detox section to make the most of them, otherwise most of the ‘goodness’ will just be coming out the other end and into the toilet.
- Spices: cloves, vanilla, turmeric, cinnamon, sage, etc.
- Berries: goji, acai, raspberries, blueberries, blackberries, cranberries, strawberries, etc.
- Nuts: almonds, walnuts, brazil nuts, pistachio, hazelnuts, etc.
- Dried fruit: raisins, prunes, figs, dates, apricots, etc.
- Beans and legumes: black beans, kidney beans, lentils, pinto, etc.
- Fresh fruits and veggies: the more colourful the better, and try to keep it organic.
A note on nuts and seeds: Remember to pre-soak nuts and seeds 8 hours before you eat them.
If you don’t pre-soak your nuts and seeds a chemical inside them remains, which stops them being digested (e.g. eating themselves when they germinate), but the water activates the seed making it easy to digest.