Recent Posts

Topics

Archives

26
AUG

New Brand Spotlight: Squarebar

Filed Under: Health Foods,Nutritional Bars at 5:00 pm | By: Mauricio Matusiak, Senior Editor
SquareBarAre you looking for protein bars? Do they have to be delicious and made with nutritious organic ingredients? If you answered yes twice, Lucky Vitamin is happy to present a top quality brand of nutritional bars to our customers: Squarebar.

Squarebar offers nutritious organic bards created with only the most nutrient-dense organic and non-GMO foods. The company started in a San Francisco kitchen as a small family business with the idea of providing a healthy protein bar without inflammatory foods like gluten, dairy, soy, and processed sugars. Squarebar was launched March 2012 at Natural Products Expo West and is now nationally distributed. The company growth is built on the belief that “ingredients matter most”, sourcing organic and non-GMO ingredients directly from farmers to ensure an ethical path from crop to bar.

All the ingredients used in Squarebar products are USDA organic and Non-GMO project verified as well as gluten-free certified, dairy-free and soy-free. Available in five different flavors, with 11g of complete plant protein and no added flavors, these delicious vegan bars can be your next favorite snack. Just give it a try!

Additionally, you can save even more when you shop Squarebar products at Lucky Vitamin. Just enter promotional code AUG15NEW15 at checkout to save an additional 15% on all items of this new brand. But hurry, this special offer ends 08/31/2015.



24
AUG

Healthy Heart Powered By Resveratrol

Filed Under: Anti-Aging,General Wellness & Wellbeing,Supplements at 6:00 pm | By: Mauricio Matusiak, Senior Editor
ResveratrolResveratrol supplements have been one of the best-selling items for cardiovascular support for many years. The reason for such a successful run may be explained not only but its efficiency but also by the number of health benefits provided.

Resveratrol is a flavonoid antioxidant present in grape skins and red grape juice that has been shown to have anti-aging properties. Studies have concluded that regular resveratrol supplementation may help to promote longevity but the question is: how?  This member of a group of plant compounds called polyphenols is capable of reducing oxidative stress, which prevents premature aging of cells.

Resveratrol is considered an efficient product as it protects the endothelium, the delicate inner layer of your arteries, from oxidative free radical damage. Plus, it helps to protect the production of nitric oxide, the critical chemical produced by the endothelium that keeps blood vessels optimally dilated.

Additionally, resveratrol can be effective on improving blood flow in the arteries. Impaired blood flow in this vessel is linked to risk factors such as obesity and hypertension but research suggests that consuming of a highly bioactive form of resveratrol may lead to a rapid increase of blood flow within the hour. This process of protecting the endothelial lining of your arteries is essential to maintain blood flows as it should.

Lastly, resveratrol helps reduce inflammation and prevents oxidation of LDL “bad” cholesterol, making it more difficult for platelets to stick together and form the clots that can lead to a heart attack. Resveratrol helps prevent insulin resistance, which leads to diabetes, when the body becomes less sensitive to the effects of the blood sugar-lowering hormone, insulin.



22
AUG

New Brand Spotlight: Zahler

Filed Under: Supplements,Vitamins and Minerals at 6:00 am | By: Mauricio Matusiak, Senior Editor
ZahlerLucky Vitamin is happy to present another premium brand of supplements, vitamins and minerals to our customers: Zahler.

Zahler offers a top-quality line of products that gives you pure, wholesome nutrients from natural sources. The company’s main goal is to develop natural antidotes to common disorders and restore balance to the body’s metabolism. It takes the right combination to create an effective formula, and it is the precision and efficacy of the proprietary Zahler formula that passes the ultimate litmus test: it works.

Zahler’s products will consistently and continuously be the best and the purest as all supplements because they are manufactured to the highest standards. Rooted in the timelessness of nature’s organic bounty, Zahler supplements contain no chemical colorants, nothing synthetic, and no artificial additives. All products are sourced directly from nature, and contain only pure, unadulterated ingredients, just the way nature intended it.

Zahler vitamins are manufactured and bottled in the USA, in a state-of-the-art GMP, NNFA and NSF certified facility, which means every vitamin must go through the highest nutraceutical standards. Both, the individual ingredients and the formulas in their finished form, are analyzed and tested to ensure the purity and potency of every single Zahler supplement.

Additionally, you can save even more when you shop totally pure, totally natural Zahler supplements at Lucky Vitamin. Just enter promotional code AUG15NEW15 at checkout to save an additional 15% on all items of this new brand. But hurry, this special offer ends 08/31/2015.



20
AUG

Honey Helps Promote Healthy Hair

Filed Under: Beauty,Personal Care at 6:00 pm | By: Mauricio Matusiak, Senior Editor
HoneyHoney offers an endless number of health benefits not only as a food but also as an ingredient for personal care products. Honey contains vitamins and minerals, is antibacterial, acts as a humectant, (attracts moisture), and has incredible healing properties. Honey is known to promote healthy, beautiful hair for many reasons.

First, honey is an emollient which means it is a natural softener, making it a great hair conditioner that smoothens your hair. Used in many shampoos and conditioners, this natural ingredient has the ability to bring back that lost sheen and shine of your hair. Honey works great if your hair is dry due to direct sun exposure or excessive pollution, bring “life” back to your hair.

Additionally, studies have shown that honey can be a useful ingredient to promote hair growth. Honey is a natural antioxidant which tends to make your scalp healthy and stimulate hair growth. Plus, as an emollient, honey can also improve the health of the hair follicles which are responsible for hair growth. Researchers believe that proper use of honey for hair treatment may help wake up the sleeping hair follicles which boost the growth of hair. Boosting hair growth is an important factor to battle the problem of hair loss.

Lastly, honey contains antibacterial and antiseptic qualities which can prevent the scalp from infections or psoriasis and tends to keep scalp clean and bacteria-free, keeping dandruff and itchiness away from your scalp. A humectant, honey prevents the loss of moisture from your scalp improving overall hair quality.



18
AUG

5 Nuts that Pack the Biggest Health Punch

Filed Under: Health Foods,Superfoods at 5:00 pm | By: Mauricio Matusiak, Senior Editor
assortment of tasty nuts, close up

Healthy Nuts

“Going nuts” doesn’t always mean a bad thing. In fact, when it comes to nutritional value, nuts are the way to go. Considered by many as a healthy snack, nuts contain a variety of vitamins, minerals and nutrients that can really make a difference on your diet. If you are not sure which one you should shop, here is a quick view of 5 nuts that pack the biggest health punch.

1. Cashews

Delicious cashews are an excellent source of essential minerals such as magnesium, iron, and copper. High in unsaturated fat, a single serving of cashews provides 4 grams of protein as well as omega-3, omega-6, and vitamin K.

2. Peanuts

Peanuts may get a bad reputation due to its high amount of calories but this popular snack is also packed with healthy nutrients. Peanuts contain about 7 grams of protein per serving and are a good source of vitamins such as niacin, B6, and vitamin E. Additionally, the magnesium content in peanuts has been linked to cardiovascular health.

3. Pistachios

Low fat, low carb, and loaded with vitamins and minerals. That’s the perfect combination everyone is looking for in a snack and pistachios are just the perfect fit. An excellent source of vitamin B6, copper and manganese, pistachios contain other essential vitamins and minerals that may be helpful for improving health condition as well as aiding in weight management.

4. Walnuts

Known to help cholesterol support, walnuts contain a very high amount of alpha-linolenic acid (ALA), the plant-based omega-3 essential fatty acid, known for its anti-inflammatory properties and role in heart health. Walnuts also provide 4 grams of protein and 2 grams of fiber as well as minerals like magnesium and phosphorous.

5. Almonds

A great source of minerals such as calcium, magnesium, copper, and iron, almonds contain about 6 grams of protein and 4 grams of fiber per serving. These delicious nuts are also a great source of vitamins, particularly vitamin E (alpha tocopherol).



16
AUG

Hosting a Nut-free Playdate

Filed Under: Baby and Child Health,Health Concerns & Ailments,Nutrition at 8:19 pm | By: Jessica Justh, Senior Editor
nutsRecent years have seen a significant spike in the number of kids who suffer from food allergies, especially peanut and tree nut allergies. These tips should help keep your next party or playdate fun, healthy and safe.

The most common childhood food allergies are to milk, wheat, peanuts, tree nuts, fish, shellfish, eggs and soy. However, it’s nut allergies that are really on the rise. According to a FARE-funded study, the number of children in the U.S. with peanut allergies more than tripled between 1997 and 2008.

When someone has a nut allergy their body produces antibodies in an attempt to protect itself. The antibodies release chemicals like histamine when “invaders” enter the body and cause the allergy symptoms to appear in the form of coughing, wheezing, congestion, stomachache, vomiting and itchy hives.

So, what do you do if your child has a bestie with a peanut or tree nut allergy? Before they come over, you’ll want to confirm with their parents WHAT nut they are allergic to and ensure that they bring whatever medication they might need with them. Not all nut allergies are created equal. For example, a peanut is a legume, but a tree nut allergy would include almonds, walnuts, pecans, cashews, hazelnuts, Brazil nuts, and pistachios. If you’re planning on serving a store bought snack, carefully read the label and make sure it reads, “Produced in a nut-free facility.” The morning before the playdate make sure that you have a nut-free breakfast. The last thing you want is a nut crumb lurking around on the counter. Lastly, put away the dog food. Many of our furry friends’ food is produced in a facility that contains nuts.

Try whipping up these amazing muffins when hosting your nut-free playdate. With fall and back to school right around the corner, go apple picking at your favorite local orchard and make these yummy treats that the kids are guaranteed to love!

INGREDIENTS

  • 1 cup butter
  • 3/4 cup brown sugar
  • 1 tsp vanilla
  • 2 eggs
  • ½ cup applesauce
  • 1 cup oatmeal
  • 1 T chopped crystallized ginger
  • ½ tsp cinnamon
  • 1 cup chopped apple (skin on)
  • 1 tsp ground ginger
  • 2 tsp baking powder
  • 2 cup flour

INSTRUCTIONS

  1. Preheat oven to 350
  2. Cream butter and sugar
  3. Add eggs and remaining ingredients minus the flour and baking powder
  4. Fold in flour and baking powder, mix to combine
  5. Add mixture to a lined cupcake pan and bake for 15-20 minutes
15
AUG

New Brand Spotlight: BlueNutra

Filed Under: Aromatherapy at 6:00 am | By: Mauricio Matusiak, Senior Editor
BlueNutraAttention essential oils lovers, Lucky Vitamin has great news for you. We are proud to introduce another premium brand of essential oils to our customers: BlueNutra.

BlueNutra offers a unique selection of essential oils that are 100% pure, undiluted and made only with the highest quality ingredients. The company believes in the incredible benefits and power of essential oils and have created products that are revolutionizing the way people manage their well-being.

BlueNutra’s main goals are to provide the highest quality essential oils at an amazing “blow your socks off” price. The company also believes that it’s important not only to offer great products but also to deliver the best content, tools, and resources to educate customers on how to get the most out of essential oils.

Essential oils are powerful and useful in many ways and BlueNutra’s trained and passionate staff is available to guide you through the process of discovering the best oils for you. Not all essential oils are created equal and BlueNutra scours the planet to bring you essential oils that are 100% pure, undiluted and of the highest quality possible. The company purchases each oil from top suppliers around the entire globe in large volume and negotiate the “hands down” best prices possible, passing those savings on to you, the consumer!

Additionally, you can save even more when you shop BlueNutra products at Lucky Vitamin. Just enter promotional code AUG15NEW15 at checkout to save an additional 15% on all items of this new brand. But hurry, this special offer ends 08/31/2015.



13
AUG

3 Tips for Great Running

Filed Under: Diet & Weight Loss,Exercise and Fitness at 11:00 pm | By: Mauricio Matusiak, Senior Editor
RunningRunning can be fun. Some people have a difficult time to establish a solid running program but once that is done, running can be easy and fun. The basic “tips for running” are really important and can be considered rules for good activity: drink plenty of water, wear proper clothing, stretching, and proper nutrition. However, some people still struggle to maintain a regular running schedule for many reasons. Motivation, lack of time, muscle soreness are just a few reasons people stop running on a regular basis. In order to try to help, we present you a few “alternative tips” for great running.

1. Running Schedule

Organizing a proper running schedule is essential for a successful program. Try to plan your running based on your capabilities. For example, if you are starting and are capable of running 3 miles, try to do this distance three times a week, alternating with some rest days: Mondays, Wednesdays, and Fridays, or Tuesdays, Thursdays, and Saturdays. You can also establish a weekly distance, for example 10 miles: 2 runs of 3 and one run of 4 miles. Feel free to use the distance you feel fits your physical capabilities and time.

2. Music for Your Ears

Listening to music can be very helpful for runners. Set up your favorite playlist to keep you motivated during your runs. Another good tip: use your favorite song for the end of the playlist. For example, if you are running 30 minutes, set up your favorite energy boosting songs for the last 5 minutes of your run. It can be an easy way to give you the always-needed final boost and help your finish your run.

3. Track Your Results

Tracking your results can be a great way to keep you running. You don’t necessarily need to run faster every time your run as just seeing how much you have accomplished can be a great reason to get out there and keep on going. If possible, use one of those running aps that provides you all the info your need: distance, average, total time, etc.



12
AUG

Back to School: Boost Memory with Omega 3’s

Filed Under: Baby and Child Health,Supplements at 5:00 pm | By: Mauricio Matusiak, Senior Editor
MemoSchool is back! For many students, it’s that time of the year to go back to classes and start learning and studying new things. It’s also time students really need to exercise their memory and need to work on focus and attention in order to do well in school. So, we bring the good news. Two recent studies have confirmed what past studies have already shown: omega-3 (DHA) can help boost memory and cognition.

In the first study from the University of Pittsburgh and published in PLOS One, healthy young adults improved their working memory by increasing their Omega-3 fatty acids intake.

Omega-3 essential fatty acids are critical for the human body to function but this new research specifically shows the impact on the working memory of healthy young adults. In this study, the first of its kind, experts examined healthy young males and females ages 18 to 25 who heightened their omega-3 intake with supplements for 6 months. A working memory test, known as “n-back test”, was then given to the participants. The subjects completed the same series of outpatient procedures after they finished taking an omega-3 supplement approved by the Food and Drug Administration, for six months. Results of this last stage, from the working memory test and blood samples, showed an improvement in working memory.

These encouraging findings come out just a few months after a British study concluded that fish oil supplements can help boost memory after just five months. Researchers concluded that omega-3 fatty acid helps nerve cells communicate with each other consequently boosting brainpower. The supplements used in this study were rich in DHA from fish oils as the richest source of the nutrient is fish such as herring and mackerel. In addition, this new overview says the omega-3 fatty acid DHA has most benefit for people with existing memory problems, particularly when they are coping with physical or mental stress, something quite common during the school year.



12
AUG

You Can Get More Fresh Fruits & Veggies into Schools Nationwide Just by Drinking Healthy Skoop!

Filed Under: Baby and Child Health,Health Foods,Sports Nutrition at 9:00 am | By: Guest Blogger
We might not look it, but as a nation, we’re starving. We’ve got plenty of food. Or at least we’ve got plenty of stuff that passes for it. But when it comes to nutrition, we’re all hungry for a solution. We created Healthy Skoop to be part of the solution. We’re on a mission to bring plant-based nutrition to every American, and our superfood blends and protein powders are a convenient way to make sure you are giving your body what it needs every day.

But perhaps the coolest part about getting your Skoop on is that you’re not just doing a good thing for yourself–you’re doing a good thing for the future health of the country. That’s right. Positive change is baked into each and every batch of Skoop. Allow us to explain…

HealthySkoop_ProjectProduce_Icons (1)Our school lunch programs are struggling–there are too many schools out there that have to count french fries and ketchup as vegetables in order to meet FDA requirements. There are kids out there that think leafy greens are just for feeding their pet rabbits. This generation of kids is the first generation in the history of America that may have a shorter average lifespan than the one preceding it–and that is seriously not okay.

That’s why we partnered with the Chef Ann Foundation to create Project Produce. The Chef Ann Foundation is a non-profit dedicated to providing tools to enable schools to progress from serving highly processed, unhealthy food to serving fresh scratch-cooked food. Project Produce is a joint effort between Healthy Skoop and Chef Ann Foundation to provide grants for fresh fruits and veggies to schools across the country.

HealthySkoop_ProjectProduce_Collage (1)Schools who qualify for the grants use the money to purchase fresh fruits and veggies for the kids to sample and educate the kids about healthy eating in fun, creative ways. Seriously–these veggie parties are fun-Think veggie costume contests, smoothie bar mob scenes, and highly-vegucated 6th graders teaching the younger kids what’s what. We know because we go to many and enjoy interacting with the kids, sampling veggies, and talking about nutrition.

We’ve pledged to give 3% of our total revenue to Project Produce. So far, in 2015 alone, we’ve already been able to help out over 20 schools across the country. That’s over 8700 kids who were given the chance to learn about healthy eating habits that will impact the rest of their lives. #SkoopOn!

To learn more about Project Produce, please visit https://healthyskoop.com/project-produce. To support Project Produce by buying Healthy Skoop, check out Lucky Vitamin’s selection of our products here: http://www.luckyvitamin.com/m-6374-skoop

If you’re an educator and/or involved in school food service and would like to apply for a grant, please visit http://www.chefannfoundation.org/programs/project-produce.



11
AUG

What’s New From Nature’s Way?

Filed Under: Announcements & News,Supplements,Vitamins and Minerals at 11:04 am | By: Jessica Justh, Senior Editor
NaturesWayOver the last three and a half decades, Nature’s Way has been at the cutting edge of more than just herbal and nutritional science. They’ve also established themselves as true innovators of the supplement industry with their simple desire to help people enhance their health through a product line that features over 500 high quality nutritional and dietary supplements. Here are some of the newest additions to Nature’s Way already stacked line-up or products!

Nature’s Way – Sambucus Elderberry helps supports healthy immune function. This formula boats Vitamin C, Zinc, and a little black elderberry extract for just the right touch of sweetness. This is a must-have for back-to school.

Nature’s Way Primadophilus Optima Women’s Probiotic formula contains eight probiotic strains for women’s balance with 50 billion (!!!) active probiotics. This probiotic not only supports your digestion but promotes healthy yeast balance, vaginal pH, urinary tract health and immunity.

Keep UTIs at bay with Nature’s Way CranRx Gummies. It’s unique formula combines 100% Whole Cranberry, Vitamin C and D-Mannose to support urinary health.

Whether you’re trying to conceive, currently pregnant or in the post-partum stage, Nature’s Way Alive! Prenatal is a complete multi-vitamin that includes full B-complex, 14 vitamins/minerals, DHA, choline and boron. Alive! Prenatal also contains plant-sourced DHA to help support healthy eye and brain development.

Nature’s Way Alive! B-Complex pectin gummies are naturally sweetened and are designed to convert food into energy, helping support daily metabolism. Bonus: they’re gelatin-free!

Nature’s Way Alive Calcium Gummies help provide 1,000 mg of Calcium and 2,000 IU of Vitamin D3 which helps supports bone immunity, breast health and  muscle function.

Nature’s Way Primadophilus Optima Intensive 200 Billion is a probiotic supplement that contains six HDS (Human Digestive Strains) that ensure your intestinal tract receives the diversity of probiotics that it needs. These vegetarian capsules have a delayed release which helps resist stomach acid to deliver active probiotics to the intestine where you need it most.

During the month of August, you can get Nature’s Way new items and their other top sellers on sale here.

 



10
AUG

New Brand Spotlight: Yumbutter

Filed Under: Health Foods,Superfoods at 7:00 am | By: Mauricio Matusiak, Senior Editor
YumbutterSuperfoods products continue to be among the top-selling items at LuckyVitamin.com and to make sure you don’t run out of options, Lucky Vitamin is presenting another premium brand of superfood products to our customers: Yumbutter.

Yumbutter offer superfood nut butter products to nourish the world and help your everyday adventures. The company has created and developed a very unique product made with organic nuts, seeds, plus energizing superfoods. The result is a real-food fuel product that offers complete protein, omega-3 fatty acids and antioxidants.

Using Holistic Responsibility, the company fully believes that this strong foundation ensures everyone can be the best they can be, from conception to consumption of their food, and beyond. Holistic Responsibility is the result of asking themselves the question: how can a nut butter company improve people’s lives? They aim to consider the impact on the health and happiness of Yumbutter fans, supply chain partners, Mother Earth, employees, the business ecosystem, and people born into unfortunate circumstances. The company is proud to support two extremely important projects: Buy One Feed One project and Certified B-Corporation Status.

Yumbutter products are the perfect supplement to fuel your body as this delicious, healthy portions are packed with protein, healthy fats and a wide range of micronutrients. The amount of nutrients in each Yumbutter provides sustained energy for the everyday grind as well as for any cool activity you would like to do such as running, biking, hiking and much more.

You can save even more when you shop all Yumbutter products at Lucky Vitamin. Just enter the promotional code’AUG15NEW15′ at checkout to save an additional 15% on all items of this new brand. But hurry, this special offer ends 08/31/2015.



8
AUG

New Brand Spotlight: Owl’s Brew

Filed Under: Health Foods,Teas at 7:00 am | By: Mauricio Matusiak, Senior Editor
OwlsBrewLucky Vitamin is happy to introduce another premium brand of tea products to our customers: Owl’s Brew.

Owl’s Brew is not your conventional brand of tea. This revolutionary brand has created the first ever “tea crafted for cocktails”. It is one of the only products on the market that is fresh-brewed and bottled. Brewed in Vermont within large kettles, Owl’s Brew is handcrafted in small batches, and then sweetened, packed, and bottled.

This unique product provides the at-home-entertainer an effortless way to offer craft cocktails. Owl’s Brew is intended to be paired with a variety of spirits but always in moderation of course. Available in three delicious flavors, this all natural tea can be mixed with vodka, tequila, rum, whiskey, gin, or champagne. It can be served on the rocks or shaken or any way you want, so you can to find a new, favorite way to drink wise.

Owl’s Brew is an all-natural product that is brewed-up from whole tea leaves, fruits, spices and herbs, with no added or artificial flavors. Why Fresh Brewed? Ingredients are important to Owl’s Brew and the company ensures that no artificial ingredients are ever used.

Additionally, you can save even more when you shop the revolutionary Owl’s Brew products at Lucky Vitamin. Just enter the promotional code’AUG15NEW15′ at checkout to save an additional 15% on all items of this new brand. But hurry, this special offer ends 08/31/2015.



6
AUG

Chemicals to Avoid in Hair Care Products

Filed Under: Beauty,Green Living,Personal Care at 7:00 am | By: Mauricio Matusiak, Senior Editor
Dangerous ChemicalsShampoos, conditioners, hair coloring, hair styling, gels, and sprays. All these products are created to make your hair healthy and beautiful. But what if, instead, the products you are using contain a variety of ingredients that can actually damage your hair?

We can easily list five or six ingredients that you should try to avoid at all costs but this list can be much longer. The downside to your hair care starts when you shop conventional products that use harmful, potentially carcinogenic ingredients.

Possibly the most dangerous ingredients in hair care products, sodium lauryl sulfate (SLS) and sodium laureth sulfate (SLES) should be avoided as these ingredients can strip off the essential oils your hair needs to stay healthy. Used as detergents and surfactants, SLS and SLES can cause even more serious issues such as malformation in children’s eyes, damaging to the immune system, and skin problems. Studies have indicated that SLS easily penetrates through the skin and enters and maintains residual levels in the heart, the liver, the lungs and the brain.

In addition, try to avoid ingredients such as isopropyl alcohol, a solvent and denaturant often found in hair color rinses. This petroleum-derived substance is also used in antifreeze and as a solvent and will dry your hair out and break it off. Mineral oil is another one to always be avoided. Derivative of crude oil/petroleum, this dangerous ingredient coats the hair and skin just like plastic wrap, hindering normal respiration, transpiration by keeping oxygen out. Fragrance is another one to be checked as this ingredient. Also labeled as perfume, it contain hundreds of highly toxic synthetic ingredients that can cause nausea and allergic reactions.

Lastly, it becomes quite difficult to find a hair care product without all of these ingredients but, if you can, carefully check labels and try to avoid also the following ingredients: propylene glycol (PG), chlorine, PEGs, FD & C color pigments, DMDM hydantoin, DEA (diethanolamine), MEA (momoethnanolamine), and TEA (triethanolamine).



5
AUG

5 Foods for Amazing Hair

Filed Under: Beauty,Health Foods,Nutrition at 8:00 am | By: Jessica Justh, Senior Editor
hair
Try adding some of these foods to your diet and eat your way to amazing hair!

Chia Seeds may be small but are packed with nutrients like zinc and copper that are known to promote hair growth. , Plus, they contain calcium, manganese, and phosphorus, and is a great source of healthy omega-3 fats. Sprinkle some chia seeds on salads or add a tablespoon to your smoothie.

Avocado is a great healthy fat to add to your diet. Plus it keeps your scalp in good shape as well as prevents hair loss as a result of a vitamin deficiency. If you chemically treat your hair or use a lot of styling tools try mashing up an avocado and applying topically to your scalp and hair for a conditioning mask. Your locks will thank you.

Walnuts are a great snack for hair growth because they contain biotin (vitamin B7) that strengthens the hair follicle and prevent loss. The oil in the walnuts improves the elastin in the hair contributing to the health of your hair.

Lentils are high in zinc, folic acid and iron. The iron specifically helps the red blood cells carry oxygen needed for cell renewal and strength. So this is a great food, especially if you are vegetarian.

Eggs are extremely helpful in achieving shiny and beautiful hair. In addition to protein, they supply your body with biotin and other b vitamins essential for hair growth. This is another food that can also be topically applied to your hair. Just add the egg white from one egg with two tablespoons of olive oil. Leave on your scalp and hair for twenty minutes, then rinse.