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Benefits of Omega 3, 6, 9 Fatty Acids For Hair

31. January 2016
Fatty Acids

Have you heard about the benefits of omega 3, 6, 9 fatty acids? Last week I got me some omega capsules. My aim is to get shinier, healthier and stronger hair. Read this post if you have no idea what omega-3, 6, and 9 can do for your hair, body and skin. Leave your thoughts and comments below. I would love to exchange some experiences.

I have read that fatty acids are super important for all systems to make sure that our body functions normally, including our hair, skin, circulatory system, brain and organs. There are two fatty acids that our human body can’t produce: the omega-3 fatty acid and omega-6 fatty acid. These two fatty acids are important for our blood pressure regulation, immune system function, skin disorders, hair, diabetes, asthma, osteoporosis, depressive disorders and brain development.

What is Omega-3 Fatty Acid

Alpha-linolenic, also known as omega-3 fatty acid, is an essential fatty acid which may helps you to fight against cardiovascular disease. According to the German page “Zentrum der Gesundheit” you should include omega-3 fatty acid food twice a week into your diet.

Hair Benefits of Omega-3 Fatty Acids

Omega-3 fatty acid:

  • Nourishes hair follicles
  • Helps to start re-growth your hair
  • Increases hair strength
  • Improves hair thickness
  • Prevent hair loss
  • Increases hair elasticity
  • Improves dry scalp and hair circulation

and much more…

You can find Omega-3 fatty acids in:

What is Omega-6 Fatty Acid

Linoleic Acid is also known as Omega-6 fatty acid. You can combined omega-6 fatty acid with omega-3 fatty acid, however you have to eat the right amounts. The ratio is 2:1 that means twice as much as omega-6 as omega-3. I read that eating omega-6 and omega-3 in the wrong proportions may actually negate the health benefits. You should ask your doctor if you are not sure about the ratio.

Hair Benefits of Omega-6 Fatty Acids

Omega-6 fatty acid:

  • Stimulates hair growth
  • Improves hair health
  • Controls water loss in hair
  • Improves scalp and skin condition

You can find omega-6 fatty acids in:

  • Raw Nuts & Seeds
  • Lettuce
  • Broccoli
  • Most raw vegetable oils (cold pressed)
  • Olive Oil
  • Wheatgerm
  • Grapeseeds
  • Pistachios
  • Sesame Oil
  • Hempseed Oil
  • Pumpkin Seeds

What is Omega-9 Fatty Acid?

Omega-9 fatty acid is produced by our body whenever there is enough of either omega-3 and 6 essential fatty acids. Omega-9 a non essential fatty acid.

Hair Benefits of Omega-9 Fatty Acids

Omega-9 fatty acid:

  • Makes hair softer and manageable
  • Controls water loss in hair
  • Promotes heart health
  • Balanced cholesterol levels
  • Improving immune function

Omega-9 fatty acids are also found naturally in:

  • Cashews
  • Almonds
  • Hazelnuts
  • Pistachios
  • Macadamia Nuts
  • Avocados
  • Olive Oil

Conclusion

Omega Fatty AcidsEach Omega-3, 6 and 9 have their own responsibilities within our body. It is important to maintain a ratio of these omega intakes in order to gain the most benefits from them for your hair, skin and body. Stick to a healthy diet. Using olive oil for your hair or cooking with it will also help your hair and body to regulate the correct levels of the omegas. I hope this post helps you to make some decisions about what oils to use in your hair, just based on what your hair needs.

 

 

 

Which omega fatty acid do you take most?

 

 

Disclaimer:

I am not a doctor. Information are for education purposes and are not intended to replace the advice of your doctor. Please visit your doctor if you have any concerns with your omega intake.