Tuesday, June 9, 2009

Rice and Beans ... Hair and Anemia

I was on a forum the other day when I came across a thread about the Haitian delicacy of rice and beans and how it contributes to hair growth. My curiosity about this topic led me to research some nutrition facts about rice and beans (red beans, black beans, black-eyed peas, etc.). Here is what I discovered about the nutrients contained in a dish enjoyed by so many cultures, from Haitian to Mexican to Nigerian and more.


Protein (red, black, & pinto, blackeyes)
--makes up ~90% of hair

Silica (rice)
--adds to hair's shine; strengthens hair and prevents hair loss

Potassium (brown rice, blackeyes, red beans)
--regulates circulation and promotes healthy hair growth

Magnesium (red & black, blackeyes, brown rice) 
--works with calcium to promote healthy hair growth

Manganese (brown & white rice, red & pinto, blackeyes) 
--prevents slow hair growth

Iron (red, black & pinto, blackeyes)
--prevents hair loss; click here to read about iron deficiency anemia

Folate (red, black & pinto, blackeyes) 
--hair growth; click here to read about folate/folic acid deficiency anemia, etc.

Selenium (brown rice) 
--keeps skin and scalp supple and elastic

Copper(red, black, & pinto, blackeyes) 
--helps prevent hair loss as well as defects in hair color and structure

And more ...

SOURCES and MORE READS:
10 HAIR FOODS
HAIR NUTRIENTS I
HAIR NUTRIENTS II
ESSENTIAL VITAMINS FOR WOMEN
PINTO BEANS
RED BEANS
BROWN RICE
WHITE RICE
BLACK EYES
BLACK BEANS
TREATING HAIR LOSS NATURALLY

1 comment:

  1. I'm haitian and my family eats rice, beans, and greens on a regular and me and my mom do have really thick shiny hair.

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