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3 Reasons Why Flaxseeds are Good for your Hair

Flax seeds are good for your hair

Flaxseeds are good for your hair

Do you want thick, shiny, beautiful hair?

Flaxseeds might be the answer to great looking hair.

Flaxseeds – 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.

Flaxseeds 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 Flaxseeds are Good for your Hair

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Flaxseeds are high in Omega-3 fatty acids

Flaxseeds are the richest vegetable source of omega-3 fatty acids called ALA (Alpha-linolenic acid).

These essential fats moisturise the scalp skin from within and help reduce dryness and flakiness.  Thus, it can improve the symptoms of dandruff, eczema and acne.

The omega-3 fats benefit the hair by making it stronger, shinier and more flexible- so you will have less breakage.

Flaxseeds contain essential vitamins for hair

Flaxseeds are a good source of B vitamins and minerals such as magnesium, manganese, copper and selenium —all of them 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.

Flaxseeds contain lignans which protect hair from thinning

Lignans are fiber-like compounds which acts as strong antioxidants. They help protect hair cells from the normal aging process that thins the hair.

Besides lignans help decrease hair loss due to menopause and hormonal imbalances. This is beacuse of estrogenic properties that lignans have.

And their’s a bonus! Flaxseeds are great for digestive health too. They are high in both insoluble and soluble fibers, which means it’s helpful for maintaining normal bowel movement and remedy constipation.

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?

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    Minaz says

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

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    Dale says

    I take 2 tablespoon a day.
    I grind them .
    In my nurture bullet.
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    I love the taste of them
    I’m not losing use much hair.
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    D.

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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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Priyanka says

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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    Minaz @hairbuddha says

    It may take 3 to 4 months…

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Dwhilette says

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’)•€.

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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?

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Ginah Phillips says

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

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    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.

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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.

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    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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