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3 Reasons Why Flax Seeds are Good for your Hair

Flax seeds are good for your hair

Flax seeds are good for your hair

Do you want thick, shiny, beautiful hair?

Flax seeds might be the answer to great looking hair. Flax seeds – also known as linseeds, jawas, and alsi – are a rich source of omega-3, vitamin B1, manganese, copper, and dietary fiber. They are also a good source of phosphorous, magnesium, and selenium. Flax seeds can be brown or golden in colour and have a wonderful nutty flavour. The good news is that they are easy to find and super-affordable. So if you seek strong and healthy hair then this super food should be a part of your staple diet.

3 Reasons why Flax Seeds are Good for your Hair

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Flax seeds contain essential vitamins for hair

Flax seeds are full of essential vitamins and minerals which provide nourishment to the hair follicles and encourage stronger and healthier new growth. A daily dose of flax seeds will keep you and your hair beautiful.

Flax seeds are high in Omega-3 fatty acids

Omega-3 fatty acids help you avoid a dry, scaly scalp, and nourish your hair. It also increases the hair elasticity – which means less breakage. Plus it can help reduce dandruff, eczema, and other skin conditions.

Flax seeds are a good source of fiber

Flax seeds are a great source of fiber – both the soluble and insoluble types. Eating flax seeds will keep your gut in good health, and facilitate the absorption of vital nutrients. And health gut equals a healthy body and of course healthy hair.

How to Eat Flax seeds?

Always eat flax seeds after dry roasting them in a pan or oven before eating (takes 5 minutes in a pan). This way they are easy to chew and plus roasting eliminates anti-nutrients in the seeds which can block the absorption of other mineral.

Add these seeds to your salads or make chutney, which you can add to your sandwiches or homemade bread and parathas etc. You can also add them to your smoothies or simply eat a spoonful as a snack.

You can also grind the roasted flax seeds, and use them in your diet. (Keep the ground seeds in an airtight container in the fridge to prevent them going bad.)

Another good way  to experience flax seed benefits is to consume them after soaking. Soaking flax seeds overnight greatly increases their nutritional value and also eliminates anti-nutrients such as phytic acids.

Since flax seeds are slimy and sticky, make sure to take them with plenty of water or other liquids to increase their mobility in your gut.

Note: Flax seeds contain cyanogen and should not be consumed in large quantities due to its neurotoxic effects.  1 to 2 tablespoonful a day is a safe and effective dose.

Some people can be allergic to flax seeds. Possible side effects of flaxseed allergy may include rash, acne, itching or shortness of breath.

Also read how to make flax seed hair gel: Homemade Hair Styling Gel: All Natural And So Easy 

Contributed by Shamshu Charaniya, Physiotherapy Consultant, Bangalore.
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  • Bebo says:

    Hi Minaaz, can you please tell how much should one take flaxseeds a day??? Does overdose causes any harm or something?

    • Minaz Aslam says:

      Bebo, you can eat 1 to 2 tablespoons every day.

    • Dale says:

      I take 2 tablespoon a day.
      I grind them .
      In my nurture bullet.
      Put them in my smoothies or yogurt.
      I love the taste of them
      I’m not losing use much hair.
      It feels healthier.
      I’ve been only using flexseed about a month ,

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  • Dhruv Bhasin says:

    Hi! This article looks interesting!!! Was curious as to what your sources of information are? Has this been cited in any medical journal? Would be very grateful if you could mention your sources! Thank you

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    Hello!!thanks a lot 4 dis useful article..bt cn u pls tell me within hw long will dese flakseeds show der effect on the hair?

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    I’m delightfully excited for the strength the that does for me hair I am a black mixed woman ,and I’m Thankful for flaxseed! Thank You’)•€.

  • Martha says:

    I’ve been eating a tablespoon of roasted flaxseeds every morning for two months now. How long must I eat them before I see any effect?

  • Ginah Phillips says:

    Do you have suggestions for treatments to make afro hair thick and grow. Also to turn grey afro hair black?

    • Minaz says:

      Hi Ginah, coconut milk works great for afro hair. It helps to nourish and soften it.
      You can also try this and this.
      Have you tried henna for grey hair? I like lush henna.

  • Marnie says:

    Hi Minaz, love your blog!

    Are you sure that roasting eliminates the anti-nutrients? I have read that heat has no effect on phytates, which is why you must soak grains before boiling.

    • Minaz says:

      Hi Marnie, roasting doesn’t completely eliminate phytates, but reduces it considerably.
      In India, we roast sesame seeds before making sesame balls with it. Traditionally, this is how seeds like sesame and flax are included in the cooking or making things out of them.

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