Your dream of bouncy, shiny and voluminous hair may come true, thanks to this Eat This, Not That healthy hair food list. It explains that the foods you consume – as well as genetics, age and hormones – may influence your hair. Barley made the better hair list because it contains nutritious tocotrienols. But if you’re like most people, you consume far more cooking oil than barley. To increase tocotrienols in your diet, it’s good to know that Malaysian sustainable palm oil is also a rich source of this potent antioxidant. Healthy palm oil is found in family favorites such as Nutella, Kind Bars and Smart Balance spreads. That’s great news for those of us who want an easy way to boost our tocotrienol intake.

Tocotrienols are a form of vitamin E. “Vitamin E is a powerful antioxidant that can actually absorb damaging UV light and protect skin cells. It also repairs sun damage on the scalp, which can cause hair to thin,” the article explained.

Tocotrienols are the most potent type of vitamin E, having as much as 40 to 60 times the antioxidant power of the tocopherols, the other vitamin E form. Tocotrienols are being studied for their impact on heart, eye, skin and liver health. The article shared information about an 8-month long study of patients suffering from hair loss: “Thirty-eight people received the (tocotrienol) supplement, and some received a placebo. The supplemented group had a 34 percent improvement in hair growth.”

As the article mentioned, it may be difficult to get tocotrienols from diet alone. Barley is a good source, but this grain is rarely on the menu in most American homes. Malaysian sustainable palm oil, however, is found in a growing number of products, many of which may already be in your home. This nutritious, non-GMO and naturally trans fat-free oil is a preferred ingredient for many food manufacturers. It’s a healthy replacement for partially hydrogenated oils. Try cooking with Malaysian sustainable palm oil instead of corn or canola oil. It’s got a buttery texture that lends itself to most everyday uses. Palm-derived tocotrienol supplements are also available.

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