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Over time many of us will start to lose our hair. There are several causes for hair loss, including genetics, age, illness, and stress. But what can be done to battle this age-old monster? There are special shampoos, medications, scalp treatments, and even surgeries. Not only can these treatments be costly, but there's a chance that they'll be ineffective. If you're looking for natural methods to thicken your locks and amp up your scalp health, vitamin and mineral-rich foods can help you take on the war against hair loss. By adding foods rich in antioxidants, iron, and proteins, you will boost the production of red blood cells and promote healthy hair growth.

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Mangoes

Mangoes are rich in silica, which helps to strengthen the hair you already have and promote the growth of new hair. Key nutrients present in mangoes include vitamins A, B3, and folate. Plus, they're just plain delicious. Simply add a couple of slices to your morning or afternoon snack for some hair-growth magic. You'll be glad you did!

Yoghurt with juicy mango and honey cashew nuts, almonds, walnuts. GMVozd / Getty Images
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Soybeans

Soybeans may not be on the top of the list of your favorite foods, but maybe they should be. Finding ways to sneak this iron-rich morsel into your diet can help increase hair growth. They're also loaded with omega-3, vitamin B2, and magnesium — all designed to keep you healthy. Soybeans can be added through tofu, soy milk, tempeh, and miso paste that can be added to dishes for flavor.

Agedashi dofu, deep fried tofu served in a fish stock soup- Japan Oliver Strewe / Getty Images
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Eggs

Eggs aren't just protein-packed food that's great for your hair; they're also super simple to add to your everyday meal plan in omelets, egg salad sandwiches, and delicious quiches. What makes eggs so great? Each strand of your hair is surrounded by collagen. Eggs help to increase this collagen production, strengthening your hair and preventing breakage. Eggs are also chock full of vitamins A and D, carotenes, lutein, and zinc.

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Kelp

This large variation of seaweed is more than just ocean goo. It's packed with all sorts of vitamins and minerals that provide health benefits for your whole body. One of those benefits is healthy hair. Loaded with iron and amino acid-lysine, kelp helps to promote good hair growth. It also contains zinc, vitamins B2 and B5, folate, and magnesium. If you're not big on seaweed salad, get your 10mg per day with a kelp supplement.

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Figs

Sweet and delicious figs will bring your locks back to life with its power team of iron, potassium, magnesium, and vitamins A and E. This team helps to increase hair growth while improving the quality of your hair. A couple of figs each day — either dried or fresh — will help you to achieve the long, shiny tresses of your dreams.

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Flaxseed

Flaxseed often added to baked goods and smoothies, is a perfect addition to your day for optimal hair health. It's high in omega-3, which nourishes existing hair and prevents breakage. This will help to keep your locks full and healthy. Additional key nutrients are vitamin B1, magnesium, phosphorus, and selenium. Add one teaspoon per day to any meal for the best results.

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Pumpkin seeds

Pumpkin seeds are more than just a Halloween treat. Packed full of zinc and iron, these tiny morsels support cellular reproduction and enhance immunity, both of which are essential for healthy hair growth. Just one tablespoon a day can amp up your nutritional intake by adding essential nutrients such as phosphorus, magnesium, manganese, copper, and protein.

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Berries

Berries are a delicious way to boost your mane. They are packed with collagen-producing vitamin C, which increases scalp circulation. They also aid in iron absorption and protect your follicles from free-radical damage. All of these make for fuller and healthier hear. Just grab a handful of your favorite berries every day for these benefits.

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Avocadoes

This superfood has all the good stuff going for it. It's full of good fats and vitamins that give your whole body a boost, including your hair. Avocadoes' vitamin E increases oxygen uptake and improves circulation to the scalp, which we know will increase healthy hair growth. They're also packed with potassium, omega-9, B-vitamins, and folic acid. For hair benefits, eat a medium avocado two to four times a week.

Superfood Salad with Avocado, Chickpeas and Dried Tomato decorated with mint leaves and grains of mustard seed Rocky89 / Getty Images
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Leafy greens

Leafy greens are a super healthy way to protect your existing hair. Swiss char, watercress, spinach, and cabbage can all increase keratin, which is a protein that strengthens hair follicles. These greens are also filled with vitamins A, C, and K, B-vitamins, potassium, and folate. Grab a salad for lunch or as a side dish each day for the best results.

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