Updated: Jul 28, 2021

If you’re experiencing dry, brittle hair with continual shaggy & split ends, you may need to up certain nutrients in your daily diet! And if you’ve been eating well, check with your doctor to see about your thyroid function.

Here are some of the key nutrients for healthy hair while on a plant-based diet:


The amino acid L-lysine plays a part in the absorption of iron and zinc. Among plant foods, L-lysine is only found in high amounts in legumes, and a vegan who doesn’t eat many legumes could find themselves falling short on lysine. Try lentils! 1 cup meets the daily value.


Helps prevent hair loss and keeps your ends strong. Try pumpkin seeds or even breakfast cereals!

Omega 3’s

Helps nourish hair follicles & encourages hair growth. Try chia seeds or walnuts.


Supports thyroid hormone conversion. Surprisingly, hair health has so much to with thyroid function. Try adding 4-5 Brazilian nuts to your daily diet.


Helps prevent hair loss. A ratio of 3 to 1, iron to zinc, is desirable to prevent competitive interference. Try partnering your choice of iron with some vitamin C for best absorption. 1 cup of chickpeas offers 69% of your daily value


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