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.
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 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.
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.
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