As a valuable resource of Omega-3 fatty acids, flax seed oil plays a vital role in maintaining hair health. According to Dr. Andrew Weil, M.D., Omega-3 fatty acids "may prevent further hair loss and encourage re-growth."
The body cannot synthesize Omega-3 fats. It must obtain them from outside food sources. Unfortunately, these sources, including walnuts, raw tofu, and salmon, are not a daily part of the typical diet.
Two tablespoons of flax oil contain 3.5 grams of alpha-linolenic acid, a type of Omega-3. Available as powder, seed, or capsule, flax is one of the easiest ways to provide the body with this essential nutrient.
Though it is perfectly safe for most individuals to consume flax, there are some reported drug interactions. Consult a physician before use, especially if taking diabetes, cholesterol, or non-steroidal anti-inflammatory medications.
On average, the hair of a healthy individual grows at a rate of 1/2 inch per month. Though flax may not help surpass the natural rate of growth, it can help correct imbalances that slow or stop hair growth altogether.
Stress, chemical hair treatments, and prescription drugs can all affect hair health. If flax alone does not generate desired growth, consider making complementary lifestyle changes.