Troubled with hair loss after COVID-19 treatment? Try these 8 food items

By Arya M Nair, Intern Reporter
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Many people have experienced several common side effects of steroids use for COVID-19 treatment. One of them is severe hair fall. Hair loss can be caused by a variety of factors, including deficiency of vitamins during the course of an infection, which can lead to hair loss.

A well-balanced diet is an important aspect of recovery. Hair loss can be caused by a diet lacking the necessary vitamins. For healthy hair, drink enough water and eat a diet rich in protein, biotin, iron, and omega-3 fatty acids, B vitamins, vitamin C, E, and zinc.

Dietitians and therapeutic nutritionists often recommend eight foods that can be added to the diet to make hair wholesome, shiny, and lustrous again.

Egg

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Egg yolks are rich in wholesome fat and protein. They’re high in biotin, a B vitamin that promotes strong hair growth while also improving scalp health. Biotin deficiency, on the other hand, can lead to brittle hair. Dairy products, tofu, hen, and fish are all rich sources of protein.

Spinach

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The green leafy vegetable is a rich source of vitamin A, K, E, C, B vitamins along with manganese, zinc, iron, and omega 3 fatty acids that keep your scalp healthy. These vitamins improve collagen and keratin levels and speed up the hair growth process.

Avocados

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Avocados are packed with mono-saturated fats, fatty acids, and vitamin E which nourish the hair and make them shiny and strong. This healthy fruit is also high in protein and rich in B vitamins.

Oilseeds

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Foods rich in Omega-3 fatty acids are a must for strong hair; these include chia seeds, flaxseeds, pumpkin seeds, and sunflower seeds. They are also an excellent source of minerals like phosphorus, calcium, and protein, all of which encourage hair growth and strong hair. 

Legumes

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Legumes are rich in protein which is needed for improving hair growth and make it shiny. They also contain zinc and biotin. Beans contain complex carbohydrates, which help convert protein into cells that form hair. 

Almonds and Cashew Nuts

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These nuts are highly rich in fatty acids, which are essential for maintaining healthy, silky hair. Cashew nuts are also rich in copper, which helps to promote hair growth. Almonds are high in Vitamin E, which makes hair silky and strong.

Citrus Fruits

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Citrus Fruits have a high concentration of vitamin C which helps to construct collagen. Collagen helps the hair to develop in addition to helps your physique to take up iron which strengthens the hair scalp. Other sources of vitamin C which prevent hair fall are bell peppers, strawberries, gooseberry, papaya, and kiwi.

Whole grains 

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Whole grains such as oats, quinoa complete wheat, and barley, have B vitamins that help to prevent hair breakage and increase hair strength and growth. They also contain excessive quantity of zinc that helps to hair loss at bay.

The hair loss that is seen after the COVID-19 is consistent with a condition called telogen effluvium (TE). People with TE report hair loss that comes on suddenly. Hair typically falls out in large clumps, often while brushing or showering. 

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