Healthy hair isn’t something that happens by accident. To keep your scalp clean and your hair long and thick, you have to put some work into it—and that includes eating right.
Nutrition is a critical part of hair growth, and one of the nutrients that is most essential for healthy hair is omega 3. Omega 3s are fatty acids, and they’re known for their robust anti-inflammatory properties—meaning they can help keep your follicles open, promoting healthy hair growth in the process. Without sufficient omega 3 levels in your diet, hair loss is likely.
There are more reasons to consume omega 3s, as well: These essential nutrients are necessary for controlling the body’s inflammatory systems and blood pressure, and yet they cannot be made by the body itself. Omega 3s must come externally—whether that means dietary supplements, or simply consumption of foods that are high in omega 3 content.
What You Can Expect from Omega 3s
In other words, it’s worth being intentional about omega 3 intake—if for no other reason than it benefits your hair. Fatty acids have been shown to promote hair growth, and they can also help ensure that the hair maintains luster and shine. Additionally, omega 3 fatty acids can prevent you from having a dry, flaky, or itchy scalp; for those experiencing some minor hair loss, taking omega 3s can actually help reverse the process!
But how do you ensure you’re getting enough omega 3s—and what are some specific ways to work them into your daily nutrition?
Where to Get Omega 3s
There are a few food groups that are high in omega 3 fatty acids:
- Fish. Several types of fish are known for their richness in fatty acids, including salmon, sardines, halibut, tuna, and catfish.
- Shellfish. Shrimp, clams, lobster, and crab all provide a terrific boost in your omega 3 levels.
- Seeds and nuts. The ones we most recommend for omega 3s are flax seed, almonds, and walnuts.
- Oil. Cooking with canola oil can also help you to increase your omega 3 intake.
- Dietary supplements. If you have a hard time with these foods, you may consider dietary supplements, instead; fish oil capsules can provide big omega 3 boosts, for example.
A Healthy Scalp Means Healthy Hair
When it comes to hair loss, the old saying about how 'you are what you eat' really holds true: The better nutrients you put into your body, the fuller and healthier your hair will be. And, a healthy scalp means healthy hair.
Want to know if your scalp is healthy, call LH Hair for a free microscopic scalp and hair analysis. Examine for yourself conditions that might need correcting to prevent hair loss. To learn more, we encourage you to visit us in our salon!