Omega-3 are fatty acids, but goods ones! Our body needs these to function properly and Omega-3 helps with many function's in the body and this includes your hair!
Omega-3 can be found in foods such as salmon, mackerel, walnuts, flaxseed, leafy greens and kidney beans. Adding these foods to your daily diet will be hugely beneficial and are essential for your body to function efficiently.
The Benefits of Omega-3
It lowers cholesterol
Having high levels of fat (the bad kind) in your blood can increase your risk of heart disease, stroke and heart attacks. So get those good fats in!
2. It can protect your brain
Not only can it protect your brain but is thought to improve your focus and concentration. Research has shown that it too can reduce symptoms of ADHD.
3. It can help lower blood pressure
Omega-3 is anti inflammatory and so can reduce arteries from swelling and helps ease the blood flow around your body.
4. It can help your skin
It can help the skin barrier fight off irritants that can cause itchy, dry skin and seal in the moisture. It can help reduce inflammation on the skin and help with conditions such as acne. psoriasis and eczema.
So how can it help my hair?
The fatty acids in Omega- 3 help nourish the hair follicles and reduce inflammation. It helps the scalp produce natural oils to keep the hair and scalp healthy and prevent dry skin which can cause dandruff. It can help reduce the effects of psoriasis, this is a skin condition where the skin cells multiply rapidly and cause a build up of plaques. This can be very uncomfortable, dry and itchy.
Because it moisturises the scalp and reduces inflammation, it creates a good environment for the hair to grow, creating stronger, healthier looking hair. Omega-3 can also contribute to making your hair look more shiny.
What if I do not eat fish or I am a vegan?
Omega-3 can be found in leafy vegetables, walnuts and kidney beans but my go-to is flaxseed. Flaxseed is a great source of Omega-3 but as a little tip, it is better to get a milled or ground flaxseed rather than eating the whole seed as your body will absorb the nutrients from the flaxseed much easier.
If you are struggling to incorporate flaxseed into your diet you can always use a flaxseed supplement, but make sure it has good quality ingredients.
We have added a link below for the high quality supplements that we always recommend.