Beta-carotene is a bright red-orange pigment found in plants and fruits. It is the most common carotene found in plants and is one of the primary sources of vitamin A (retinol).
Vitamin A plays a vital role in health as well as in healthy hair growth. It also promotes healthy skin and strong nails.
Beta-carotene is rich in antioxidants and is excellent for vision and overall body health. I’ll be covering why beta-carotene is important for hair growth.
I will also share all the foods that contain beta-carotene apart from the popular carrots.
Foods With Beta-Carotene
The most common plants, fruits, vegetables and herbs that contain beta-carotene includes:
- Red palm
- Collard greens
- Swiss chard
- Sweet potato leaves
It should be noted that in green leafy vegetables, the presence of beta carotene is masked by the chlorophyll content.
Reasons Why Beta-carotene is Important for Hair Growth
- Deficiency of vitamin A can cause hair breakage as well as dull and dry hair. Consuming foods rich in beta-carotene can stop these problems and encourage regrowth of thinning hair.
- Beta-carotene can prevent dandruff and other scalp problems related to flakiness.
Apart from fruits, vegetables, and herbs, you can also get the benefits of beta-carotene by including carrot oil in your regimen.
Beta-carotene is available in supplements but it’s not recommended to take these as a source of vitamin A especially when it comes to the hair as excessive amounts can cause hair loss.
There are a wide variety of fruits and vegetables, which I’ve listed above, where you can get all the beta carotene you need naturally in addition to including carrot oil in your regimen.
Can Beta-Carotene Change Hair Colour?
Beta-carotene won’t change your hair colour. It will only make your hair stronger. However, consuming inordinate amounts of beta-carotene can turn your skin a weird orange-yellow tint.
It won’t kill you but you will look odd until you stop eating foods containing beta-carotene or reduce consumption.
In case you’re wondering what other types of vitamins you need to include in your diet for hair growth, check out this article – A Breakdown of the 6 Vitamins You Need for Better Hair Growth.
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