Omega-3 and hair growth
Oils and especially the fatty acids they contain have been extensively researched in both animal and human studies to study their effect on skin and hair health. Especially omega-3 fats have the ability to nourish the hair from the inside, they reduce inflammation and benefit hair thickening. As a result omega-3 can also prevent hair loss. That’s why many consider omega-3 as a very important nutrient for healthy hair growth. I also described the importance in my book “The complete guide to healthy hair.”
In a study published in March 2015 in the Journal of Cosmetic Dermatology the effects on hair loss of a six-month supplementation with omega-3, omega-6 and antioxidants is being described. The result of supplementing with these nutrients resulted in thicker and more dense hair, reduction of hair loss and improved hair growth.
As an extra bonus omega-3 improves memory and general brain health. It is also an important nutrient for pregnant and nursing mothers as it benefits both mother and child. Also don’t forget to continue with the omega-3 after nursing. Your hair will love you for it.
How to get your omega-3’s?
Be sure to include omega-3 rich food like halibut, salmon, mackerel, tuna, white fish, sardines, egg yolks, walnuts, hemp seeds and flaxseed to reduce inflammation and also benefit from the effect on balancing hormone levels. Not sure you don’t eat enough omega-3 foods? Then take a quality supplement or add one to two tablespoons of high quality flax oil. Always consult with a health care practitioner if you take blood-thinning medications or aspirin.7