Egg Facts: The word ‘egg’ is believed to come from an Indo European word which means ‘bird’. And ‘yolk’ is believed to come from an old English and Greek word which means ‘yellow’.
Nutritional Benefits of Egg For Hair Growth:
Eggs contain all the major essential vitamins, minerals and proteins except Vitamin C. Eggs contain proteins that promote hair growth and condition the hair. Nutritional content of the egg is listed below:
Fatty Acids: The fatty acids present in the yolk helps in improving the skin on the scalp, thus fighting dandruff, flaky scalp and psoriasis. The egg yolk makes the hair glossy, shiny and smooth and prevents hair breakage and hair loss arising from it.
Lecithin: This fatty protein found in the egg yolk helps in reducing frizz and helps in making hair smooth. It prevents the hair from becoming brittle and prevents hair loss as well.
Vitamin A: The Vitamin A present in the yolk helps in the production of sebum. It helps in controlling dandruff. Vitamin A prevents drying of the scalp and promotes hair growth and prevents hair loss.
Vitamin D: Egg yolks are one among few other foods that naturally contain vitamin D.
Vitamin E :Eggs also have vitamin E which promotes hair growth. They protect the hair against harmful UV rays and pollution. Vitamin D helps in improving the texture of hair, thus making it smooth and manageable.
Vitamin B: Eggs also provide vitamins B-1, B-2, B-12, biotin, choline, pantothenic acid and niacin which are essential for healthy hair. Niacin or vitamin B3 increases the energy metabolism in cells, thus inducing hair growth. Thinning of hair is in fact a symptom of niacin deficiency. Choline is also a member of vitamin B group that helps to prevent hair loss and baldness. Vitamin B-5 or pantothenic acid is supposed to prevent premature greying of hair.
Biotin or vitamin B7: helps in renewing the follicles and roots of the hairs that are already growing. Biotin in the egg helps to maintain healthier roots and follicles of the hair.
The yolk may sometimes contain red or brown spots which are called blood spots. They are harmless pieces of tissue. Most of the vitamins present in the eggs increase oxygen production and stimulate more blood flow to the scalp. This helps in preventing hair loss and makes the roots of the hair really strong.
Eggs are rich sources of certain minerals like sulphur, zinc, iron, phosphorous, iodine and also of calcium, magnesium, sodium and potassium. All these elements prevent hair loss by strengthening the hair. Sulphur in egg yolk stimulates the scalp and increases hair growth.
Egg White: Egg whites are one of the best sources of protein. Protein makes hair follicles stronger. They also contain folate and other minerals that stimulate hair growth and prevent hair loss. Folic acid or vitamin B-9 is very much required for healthy hair. Folic acid induces growth of red blood cells and helps in cell division. Thus it aids in preventing hair loss and promotes hair growth. Egg white contains over 50% of protein in the egg.
How to use eggs for hair growth and to prevent hair loss?
Eggs can be used for hair growth in two ways. Eggs can be included in your daily diet. In this way, the body and hair gets all the nutritional benefits of eggs. Another way of harnessing the goodness of eggs is by using it as a hair pack. Protein packs are great for hair and eggs contain adequate quantity of protein for making a hair pack. Egg yolk acts as an emulsifier and helps to bind the ingredients of the hair pack into a homogeneous mixture. It also helps the pack to stick to the hair and penetrate the scalp and hair follicles.
Things to remember:
Always remember to wash off your hair with cold water after using any egg pack. Washing hair in warm water after applying an egg based hair pack curdles the egg and it sticks to the hair.
Remember to use a mild shampoo after using the egg mask.
Also remember to reap the benefits of egg, it requires several treatments before the changes start getting noticeable.
Eggs help even much damaged hair to appear healthier and stronger.
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