No one wants to lose their hair. For centuries, the standard of beauty has always included a healthy head of hair. Unfortunately, a combination of many factors, including age and genetics, just don’t permit a full head of hair.

“The most common cause of hair loss, male or female pattern baldness, is genetic,” Dr. Bashar Bizrah, founder of the Beyond Med Centre clinic in London’s Kensington, told Daily Mail. “But other types of hair loss and hair thinning, such as those caused by an unhealthy scalp condition, are much more preventable.”

However, Dr. Bizrah believes that with the right diet, you can combat hair thinning and baldness. Without further ado, here are 5 fruits you can eat to slow down and combat hair thinning and baldness:

Peaches

“To maintain a healthy head of hair, it’s vital the scalp has enough moisture,” said Dr. Bizrah. “Your scalp contains oil glands that produce sebum, a natural oil that lubricates the hair strand as it grows.”

When it comes to hair thinning and baldness, peaches can help slow it down as the fruit is rich in vitamins A and C and acts as an ideal scalp moisturizer.

Studies also suggest that vitamin A deficiency is linked to several health problems, including hair loss. 

Papaya

Papaya contains collagen, which is one of the most powerful proteins in your body. In addition to maintaining your skin's elasticity, collagen is also an important part of your hairs structure.

“It’s not only one of the building blocks for creating new hair, but it also helps keep the dermis – the middle layer of your skin that contains the root of each individual hair – strong and healthy, too,” Dr. Bizrah explained. Papaya is also rich in vitamin C, which is essential in collagen production.

Kiwi

“Kiwis contain good levels of vitamin A, vitamin E, vitamin K, and flavonoid antioxidants such as beta-carotene, lutein, and xanthin,” said Dr. Bizrah. “More importantly for your health, kiwis are also rich in minerals like zinc, magnesium, and phosphorus. These help to promote proper blood circulation in the scalp, thus strengthening the hair from their roots.”

In addition to this, vitamin E in kiwis help boost hair health by protecting it against free radical damage.

Apples

Apples contain vitamin A, vitamin B, and vitamin C, which are all vital to maintaining a healthy scalp and healthy hair. “They’re also packed with antioxidants to keep those free radicals away and aid cell renewal,” explained Dr. Bizrah.

In 2002, a team of Japanese researchers looked into the correlation between apple extract and hair growth and found that apples contained a compound called procyanidin B-2. This compound aids in hair growth so it seems an apple a day also keeps hair thinning and baldness at bay.

Pineapple

Pineapples are loaded with antioxidants, vitamin C, manganese, and vitamin B6. Combined with the fruit’s antioxidant properties, the vitamins and minerals become ideal candidates for fighting free radicals.

“To fight these free radicals, your body needs antioxidants,” said Dr. Bizrah.

Free radicals can damage cells which in turn blocks hair growth and even damages your hair.

Hair Hair thinning and baldness is an unpleasant process to have to go through. However, an expert is convinced eating these 5 fruits can help you slow that process down and maybe even, combat it. Photo: StockSnap / Pixabay