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Said to have aphrodisiac properties, oysters are among the best dietary sources of zinc, a mineral that is often recommended to people experiencing hair loss. Some studies indicate you need zinc for normal hair pigmentation as well. “Zinc promotes cell reproduction and tissue growth and repair, all of which are important to hair health,” says Dubost. A single oyster provides about 37 milligrams (mg) of zinc, more than a day’s worth for adults. Other good sources of zinc: Red meat, whole grains, other shellfish.

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