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Plant-Powered Protein: 7 Protein Sources for Vegetarians

Keratin, a fibrous and helical protein (in the shape of a helix), makes up 95% of hair. Keratin is also found in skin and all phanera (hair, nails, etc.). Keratin is a protein that keratinocytes produce and does not dissolve in water. This keeps hair waterproof and protects it. If our hair is 95% protein, it’s pretty important to make sure you’re consuming enough to maintain a beautiful, healthy head of hair.  

But whenever we talk about protein, meats and poultry come to mind and are at the top of the list. However, did you know all protein originates from plants? Vegetarians, it's your time to shine!  

In this article, we will be taking a look at plant-powered protein alternatives for vegans, vegetarians, or anyone trying to eat more plant-based meals.  


Here are 7 plant-powered protein sources that you can and should add to your plate today! 


  1. Quinoa 



Often referred to as a ‘complete protein’, quinoa provides all nine essential amino acids that the body cannot produce on its own. This makes it an excellent plant-based protein option for vegetarians aiming to enhance hair strength and texture. 


  1. Lentils 

Rich in protein and iron, lentils are a versatile and nutritious addition to your diet. Iron is crucial for preventing hair loss, and incorporating lentils into your meals ensures you're nourishing both your body and your hair. 


  1. Chickpeas 

Whether roasted as a snack or blended into hummus, chickpeas are a protein-packed option. They also contain zinc, which supports a healthy scalp—a fundamental aspect of promoting the growth of Type 4 hair. 


  1. Black Beans 



Black beans are not only delicious but also a great source of protein, fibre and iron. Including them in your diet helps fortify your hair with essential nutrients, promoting hair growth and preventing breakage. 


  1. Nuts and Seeds 

Almonds, walnuts, chia seeds, and flaxseeds are excellent sources of plant-based protein. Additionally, they provide healthy fats, which contribute to overall hair health and shine. 


  1. Spinach 

This leafy green is not only rich in iron but also contains vitamins A and C, which are essential for a healthy scalp. Including spinach in your diet can support both your overall well-being and the health of your Type 4 hair. 


  1. Edamame 



Edamame, or young soybeans, is a tasty and protein-rich snack. You can also add them to salads, stir-fries, or enjoy them on their own as a protein-packed treat. 


  1. Hemp Seeds 

Hemp seeds are a nutritional powerhouse, containing protein, omega-3 fatty acids, and various vitamins and minerals. Sprinkle them on salads, yoghurt, or add them to smoothies for an extra protein boost. 


Protein is a key building block for hair health, contributing to strength, elasticity, and overall vitality. Incorporate these plant-powered protein alternatives into your diet for lush, healthy hair.  


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