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Grow Healthy Black, African American, and Afro-Caribbean Hair

Omega 3 Fatty Acids For Hair Growth - Moisturize Your Hair From The Inside Out

You probably already know that to have healthy hair you need to keep it moisturized. Moisturized hair is less prone to hair breakage than dry hair, and as a result it will grow longer.  Did you know that you can also moisturize your hair from the inside? By eating a healthy diet you can nourish your hair as it is growing from your scalp.  One nutrient you should be sure you don't overlook is omega-3.  Omega-3 fatty acids, also called essential fatty acids, are obtained through foods or supplements.  Many people use them to treat inflammation and heart disease, because they clean the body of excess cholesterol and fat. But one of the side benefits of including omega-3 fatty acids in your diet is softer hair and skin.  The daily recommended amount of omega-3 fatty acids for men is 1.6 grams, for women it is 1.1 grams (see and look under Macronutrients). 


The easiest way to include omega-3 fatty acids in your diet is through food sources like wild salmon, free range eggs, and flax seeds. Three ounces of wild salmon have between 1.1 to 1.9 grams of omega-3 fatty acids. Free range eggs, where the chickens are fed flax seeds and canola seeds, are also good sources of omega-3 fatty acids, and flax seeds themselves are another source of omega-3 fatty acids. 


You can also include omega-3 fatty acids in your diet by taking supplements.  But to get the best results with supplements you have to take high quality supplements. Many companies sell fish oil and flax oil in all kinds of shapes and sizes. Fish oil and flax oil are very perishable, and to provide you with the best results the supplements need to be refrigerated if in liquid form, and in the case of fish oil, it needs to be purified.  My personal favorite is the Barlean's Omega Swirl Fish Oil Supplement. It actually tastes like dessert! 


One word of caution - with omega-3 fatty acid supplements, more is not better. High quality omega-3 fatty acid supplements can be very potent so if you have any health issues you should see your doctor before taking them. Also, do not overdose on omega-3 supplements because overdosing on omega-3 fatty acid supplements can cause blood thinning. If you do take them, take them with care, and follow the recommended guidelines for daily intake.  Or just eat lots of wild salmon and fresh flax seeds.

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