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Which Foods Increase Melanin Production

By Mary Smith. Updated: June 11, 2019
Which Foods Increase Melanin Production

Melanin is a pigment found in our skin, hair and irises of our eyes, it is also part of what determines our skin color. Melanin can be found in smaller quantities in the inner ear and brain and is responsible for absorbing UVA and UVB rays to protect us from the sun.

To protect your skin and hair from the, we suggest eating foods rich in Vitamin A, which can help increase melanin production to help you get a more natural tan. Foods which can increase melanin production include carrots, tomatoes, melons, fish and dairy. Keep reading here at oneHOWTO and discover everything you need to know about foods that increase melanin production, as well as how they work.

You may also be interested in: How to Produce Melanin in Your Body

Stimulate melanin production with carrot

Foods rich in vitamin A encourage melanin production as well as help to maintain its levels in our skin, helping a tan last longer. Carrots are one of our greatest sources of vitamin A. Carrots are composed mainly of beta-carotene, a form of vitamin A that is actively involved in the stimulation of melanin production.

Among its additional benefits, we know that this natural product promotes the formation of retinal pigment in our eyes. If we can get a natural tan from them, it’s a bonus! And if you’re wondering how to increase melanin in the eyes, carrots are your best bet!

For more about the benefits of carrots, we recommend reading our article where we list the main health benefits of carrots.

Which Foods Increase Melanin Production - Stimulate melanin production with carrot

Melanin rich foods for hair and skin: tomatoe

Foods rich in beta-carotene, such as tomatoes, are another main source of melanin. In addition to eating tomatoes to help with melanin production, we suggest incorporating watermelon into your diet.

For more, read our list of top 10 foods rich in beta carotene.

Which Foods Increase Melanin Production - Melanin rich foods for hair and skin: tomatoe

Melon to increase melanin in the skin

In addition to vitamin A, Vitamin E is also known to improve melanin production in the body. Melon, for example, is not only delicious but contains both vitamin A and vitamin E, making it an ideal option for people looking to get a more natural tan. Additionally, melanin is known for its antioxidant properties, preventing premature skin aging.

For more, we suggest reading about the benefits of vitamin E.

Which Foods Increase Melanin Production - Melon to increase melanin in the skin

Increase melanin with egg yolk

Egg yolk is another food which holds a high level of vitamin E, which as we’ve already mentioned is a great natural source to help increase melanin in the body. It’s important to know that most of the vitamin E in eggs is concentrated in the yolk.

For more about the benefits of egg for skin, we recommend reading our article where we list effective beauty uses for egg whites.

Which Foods Increase Melanin Production - Increase melanin with egg yolk

Dairy to increase melanin in the skin naturally

Dairy products are also a great source of vitamin A, ideal for increasing melanin levels. Furthermore, they are composed of essential amino acids (in certain cases) like tyrosine and cystine, which are fundamental to the production of this pigment in our body.

Tyrosine can also be found in rice, corn, chicken and avocados. Make sure not to go beyond your daily intake of essential or non-essential amino acids. Read, foods high in melatonin and tryptopan.

Which Foods Increase Melanin Production - Dairy to increase melanin in the skin naturally

Foods that increase melanin: fish

In addition to vitamin A and E, we cannot ignore the importance of vitamin D when it comes to protecting our skin from the harmful effects of sunlight. Oily fish such as salmon contain a very high percentage vitamin D which can help boost both melanin production and skin protection.

However, due to its high content of fats, you should avoid eating it daily. For more about the benefits of vitamin D on the skin, we recommend reading our article where we list foods rich in vitamin D.

Berries to increase melanin in the skin

Blueberries and strawberries are rich sources of Vitamin C, another powerful agent that boosts melanin production. Moreover, Blueberry is also a great vitamin E agent, and can help to fight those free radicals that can deter your skin from producing more melanin.

In addition, foods rich in vitamin C are also great for melanin production, such as oranges, red pepper and grapefruit.

For more, we recommend reading our article where we discover how to produce melanin in your body.

Which Foods Increase Melanin Production - Berries to increase melanin in the skin

Apricot for melanin

All orange colored fruits and vegetables have high beta-carotene and can thus help boost your body's melanin production. Apricot, for example, contains pro-vitamin A carotenoids as well as high amounts of vitamin C. This is why it's one of the best fruits you can eat to boost melanin levels.

Other ways to increase melanin

On the market there are many cosmetic products that promote increased levels of melanin in the body in order to improve skin tanning and maintain good hair color.

However, the use of natural products are always more desirable than synthetic products. No doubt the fastest and most effective way to increase melanin (and make skin darker) is exposure to the sun. However, you should always do this safely. If you do not take care of your skin and hair, the damages may outweigh the benefits.

Finally, under the supervision of a doctor, you can try to include supplements into your diet, such as melanin pills, tyrosine and gingko. Make sure to consult your doctor before taking any type of supplement or medication.

For more about how to increase melanin production in your skin, we suggest taking a look at the following:

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Job
Hello
I have developed white spots on my face and they are increasing day by day. I visited a doctor and he told me the condition is vitiligo and that it has no cure.
Can the above help me regain my melanin
OneHowTo Editor
Hi Job,

So far it is true, there is no cure for vitiligo. However, there are some ways you can treat it to reduce symptoms. These are often involving phototherapy or UV therapy, but they are both expensive and can run the risk of certain skin cancers.

The cause of vitiligo is not unequivocallly known. However, it is believed y many to be aggravated by immunity. This is why you may want to use the below article to help boost your immune system:

https://health.onehowto.com/article/how-to-boost-your-immune-system-naturally-6696.html

Even immunity boosting cannot guarantee recession of the disease, but it may help to slow progression. At worst, it will boost your immunity which is good for your overall health.
Mboira Godfrey
How long will see results on my grey hair?
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Drake
Vitamin A and C help reduce production of melanin in their own ways NOT increase them.
OneHowTo Editor
Hi Drake,

The relationship between Vitamins A and C and melanin production is a tricky, which is why we explain it in a little more detail in another of our articles here:

https://beauty.onehowto.com/article/how-to-produce-melanin-in-your-body-2321.html

One pertinent section reads:

“While it is not scientifically clear whether vitamin A helps to produce melanin in the skin, it is known to help with skin cells by enabling them to mature and function properly.”

Read the full article if you want to learn more!
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Rolly vito
thank you for some info. pls update.
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Elle
I have psoriasis , and loss pigment on my face would these vitamins and food help me produce pigment back to those areas thanks so much and great article .
OneHowTo Editor
Hi Elle,
The following treatments will prove better to treat psoriasis: http://health.onehowto.com/article/effective-natural-treatments-for-psoriasis-6449.html
Mane Samadhan Raoso
Two white pigment spot on leg ple.suggest vitamins & foods
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NAMAN
Hello Mary Smith, I have a white hair problem and White beard problem. Is this food help me.
OneHowTo Editor
It may stop new ones growing but it will not get rid of the ones you already have. Take a look at our article on how to cover grey hair for more:http://beauty.onehowto.com/article/how-to-cover-grey-hair-at-home-6070.html
Manish Sharma
Hello buddy, I will give you the best advice to blacken your white hair.
First of all start exercise daily and drink mausmbi juice at least 1 glass in early morning daily and please in morning eat peanut butter and other high protein diet.
My hair color was changed in just one month. Now I have just 2 or 3 hair remains white.
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Wutsa
Is gaining of muscles genetical
Ola
Hi, due to various toning creams and lotions I tend to have uneven skin tone. Please, I will like to know if the foods mentioned above will be of great help in restoring my dark skin tone. Thank you.
OneHowTo Editor
What would help more is exfoliating your skin as well as using these products.
Hope this helps
Jhade Lhynn Ybanez
Hi, since grade 3 I have a gray hair up to 3rd yr college and I think 80 percent of my hair are gray but since I am willing to have a black hair, I search many article that related to my case just to have a black hair. I just follow the advise and suggestion what to do, and now, I confirmed its effective. Now, 30 percent of my hair are black... I am now 20 yrs old and hopefully it will continue to have a positive result.
vivek
Hi, my daughter is almost 5 five years of age...she started having grey hair almost a year back; although i got her medical examination, blood test and thyroid checked and everything is normal would request you to suggest remedy for this regards
OneHowTo Editor
Hi Vivek,
In order to give her the right treatment, a professional should let you know the reason for your child having gray hair at such an age. Could it be hereditary?

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