In this article I’ll answer the question: Can flaxseed oil be used to effectively treat hair loss?
The short answer, which you’ll read about below in more detail, is YES – Flax has been proven to increase hair growth when taken as a supplement over a 3 month (12 week period) when compared to a control.
The caveat here is that the test was performed on mice, but you’ll see why flax can still be useful for you if you suffer from hair loss.
First I’ll review what flaxseed is and why its good for overall health. Then you’ll learn about the medical study into hair growth and how it could apply to your hair. Finally you’ll learn the 3 most effective ways to start using it today to improve your own hair health.
Important Note: If you want to find out if flaxseed oil will work to regrow your hair then I’ve designed a 6 part quiz at the end of this article.
I recommend you take the quiz, which will automatically calculate your score out of 100. This will help you see if your hair loss is reversible or not – Take the quiz after reading this article.
What is Flaxseed Oil?
Flaxseed oil is extracted from whole flax seeds (also known as linseed) and is used in a variety of ways.
This mildly nutty oil is packed with omega-3 fatty acids, lignans, and fiber, and is considered one of the more nutrient dense oils on the market.
Aside from its delicious taste and nutritious contents, the flax plant is also used for its fibrous stem, and flax fiber can be commonly found in linens, twine, tea bags, and even banknotes.
Fun Fact: Usitatissimum, the species into which flax was assigned, literally means “most useful.”
Flax has been widely used throughout the world, and throughout history, and is highly esteemed for its many medicinal and industrial uses.
Flaxseed Oil and General Health
It’s no wonder that flaxseeds are the natural supplement of choice for health fanatics! This small crop packs some serious punch when it comes to nutrition and overall health benefits.
Take a look at some of the more common benefits associated with flaxseed oil use below.
Flaxseed oil is a great source of omega-3 fatty acid and, more specifically, alpha-lineolic acid.
This particular type of omega-3 fatty acid has been proven to reduce inflammation, and it can be a helpful supplement for those with arthritis or other chronic, inflammatory conditions.
If you want to prevent cell damage and aging, then antioxidants need to become a regular part of your diet.
Flaxseed oil offers a powerful source of antioxidants because unlike other antioxidants, like Vitaman A or Vitamin E, the alpha-lineolic acid found within flax is both water soluble and oil soluble.
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