Diet Impact: the Importance of Essential Fatty Acids

25 Oct

Essential fatty acids are fats that the body needs but can’t produce itself. Omega-3 and omega-6 fatty acids aid in hair growth. Omega-3 fatty acids can help with blood circulation and cell growth, which are important for your hair follicles. Essential fatty acids help to increase nutrient absorption at the hair follicles. A lack of essential fatty acids can generate dandruff, dry, brittle hair or eczema all of which may lead to hair loss.

Most popular sources are walnuts, fish oil, flaxseed oil etc. Because hair needs essential fatty acids, if you are on low-fat and non-fat diets you are at risk for nutrition-related hair loss. Essential fatty acid deficiency causes a drying-up of the scalp and skin. These are vital nutrients that support follicular health. When the follicle is not healthy, hair loss or thinning occurs.

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