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8/17 9:18:53

I have been a vegetarian my whole life, and am for the most part vegan right now, expect for the occasional dairy.  My nails have been awful and not growing at all, and I do as my hairdresser suggests to keep  my hair healthy, but it still does not even grow to my shoulders.  It seems that it breaks off after a certain length as well.  My hair appears very healthy and is not dry or thin, and has very few split ends.  My family all have long hair and strong nails, and I used to too, but for the past few years, my hair has simply continues to break off. I have taken Hair Formula 37 for a nutrient supplement for over a year, but it does not seem to work.  Are there any changes that need to be made to my diet or vitamins I should take? Thank you.

Hello Joanna!

   Thank you for your nutrition question.  Good nutrition plays a major role in healthy hair which is why I recommend a whole food supplement on my website called Juice Plus. It contains the nutrients from 17 different fruits and vegetables in capsule or chewable form. I believe it can really make a difference in the appearance of your hair because I have seen results from my patients The website to purchase it is www.juiceblend.com.

  In addition I have listed below are a number of suggestions for improving your hair that have nothing to do with shampoo, conditioners, or how many times a day you brush your hair.

Get your Vitamin A because it promotes healthy scalp. Food sources: dark green, orange & yellow fruits & vegetables.  Taking care of your scalp is the best way to have a healthy head of hair.

Eat foods rich in B vitamins because they regulate the secretion of oil, keep hair healthy & moisturized. Food sources: cereals, tomatoes, Brewer's yeast, green vegetables.
Food sources: cauliflower, yogurt, wholemeal bread, bran & bananas.

Minerals such as zinc, iron & copper promote healthy hair. Which Food sources contain these minerals:  pumpkin seeds & green vegetables

Proteins - because hair is made up of 97% protein (keratin), consuming enough of it gives hair a natural shine. Food sources: grains & soy.

For more answers to your nutrition questions check out "Ask the Nutritionists" by George Rapitis at www.authorhouse.com

Hope this helps.
-George Rapitis, Bsc. Nutritionist

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