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Top Foods for Younger Looking Hair By Mehmet C. Oz, MD, and Michael F. Roizen, MD

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You look 46, you feel 32, and your RealAge is right in between. But somehow, your hair hasn't gotten the memo: It's getting thinner where you want it (on your head) and is sprouting up where you don't. Good trimmers and tweezers are all you need for the stuff that starts growing like kudzu. And for your mane, try the following. They help your locks look more like they did in your 20s -- minus the mullet:

  • Salmon. Omega-3-rich foods like salmon and sardines help seal in your hair's shine. Distilled fish oils or DHA supplements will work, too. We recommend 2 grams of fish oil if you're taking a supplement that contains both EPA and DHA. If you're taking DHA alone, you only need 600 mg.
  • Bran. Bran is rich in vitamin B, which may slow hair loss and promote hair growth. Other B-rich victuals include beans, peas, carrots, cauliflower, soybeans, nuts, and eggs.
  • Avocados. The whole fruit as well as avocado oil may prevent some funky stuff that kills hair follicles -- dihydrotestosterone (DHT) -- from getting where it wants to go.
  • Cut out any four-legged animal fat. Fat from four-legged animals, plus palm and coconut oil, leads to more DHT production and hair follicle damage.
  • Green tea. Brew a strong pot, cool it, then give your head a rinse to help kill off dandruff-causing fungus. Incidentally, if you drink green tea, the caffeine in it may help slow balding, too.
  • Black sesame seeds. There's no real data on this, but the Chinese swear that a teaspoon of these a day keeps hair darker.

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