You may have learned the effects of garlic for hair loss as seen in a previous article we shared here. However, do you know the power of flaxseeds? Flaxseeds come from the plant called flax. The plant comes with blue flowers, and people cultivate it for its healthy seeds that produce the precious flaxseed oil. The flax plant is also a raw material used in making linen, fabric, and yarn. In fact, flax was a popular textile fiber in Egypt during the ancient times.
The Babylonians refined flaxseeds in 3000 BC, and King Charlemagne believed in the incredible health benefits of flaxseeds. Because of this, he passed a law requiring people to eat flaxseeds. Today, some scientists say they have preliminary studies to support the belief of King Charlemagne.
The General Benefits of Flaxseeds
- Lowers your blood sugar and blood cholesterol levels. Flaxseeds have soluble fiber that promotes healthy cholesterol levels and prevents plaque buildup, which may cause clogging in your arteries and lead to stroke, hypertension, or heart attack. Fiber can also regulate blood sugar levels, making flaxseeds helpful if you have type II diabetes.
- Fight bone loss. In one study, scientists fed diabetic rats suffering from bone loss with flaxseeds. These rats soon manifested signs of improvement in their condition. Flaxseeds contain fatty acids that can help reduce bone loss.
- Helps you lose weight. You will feel fuller when you eat flaxseeds. Consuming flaxseeds 30 minutes before meals will effectively control your cravings.
- Improves your digestive health. The fiber content of flaxseeds will normalize your bowel movement, helping you avoid constipation.
- Boosts immunity. Flaxseeds contain ALA (alpha-linolenic acid), which reduces inflammation and strengthens boosts your immunity. Preliminary research suggests that flaxseeds can alleviate inflammatory and autoimmune disorders like psoriasis, lupus, and rheumatoid arthritis.
- Fights cancer. Studies show that flaxseeds can also aid in fighting different types of cancers, especially breast and colon cancer. Flaxseeds contain healthy concentrated lignin that may prevent tumor growth.
The Benefits of Flaxseeds For Your Hair
- Flaxseeds have anti-inflammatory properties that reduce your susceptibility to eczema, dandruff, and other scalp problems. Flaxseeds will stimulate sebum secretion in your scalp, which will prevent dandruff and flaking.
- The omega-3 fatty acids present in flaxseeds are extremely essential for nourishing hair follicles and boosting hair fibers’ elasticity. Thus, your hair will grow stronger and healthier if you use flaxseeds continuously.
- As mentioned, flaxseeds are rich in nutrients like omega-3 fatty acids. Your hair will become brittle and dry if you have omega-3 deficiency. Use flaxseed products every day to nourish your hair.
- The ALA or alpha-linolenic acid present in flaxseeds will inhibit 5 alpha reductase. It is the enzyme that can convert testosterone into DHT or dihydrotestosterone. Hair follicles will shrink because of DHT that can result in baldness. The linolenic acid, ALA, and oleic acid in flaxseeds are effective natural remedies for male baldness. Flaxseeds can also prevent hair loss caused by Telogen effluvium.
- Moreover, flaxseeds can help your body fight different hair conditions including cicatricial alopecia, which is a permanent type of hair loss. This condition can cause severe damage to your hair follicles and prevent hair growth.
- Aside from omega-3 fatty acids, flaxseeds contain several other nutrients like calcium, protein, zinc, iron, and magnesium, which are necessary for your hair’s health and growth. Flaxseeds will keep your hair and scalp hydrated, prevent split ends, and stop premature greying.
- Flaxseeds contain an organic substance called lignin that can improve digestion and metabolism by normalizing bowel function. When your internal system works well, you become less prone to diseases that can lead to severe hair loss.
- Flaxseeds will also ensure the health of your intestines, which is vital for maintaining a healthy gut. Thus, your body cells can easily absorb the nutrients it needs, and your hair strands will stay healthy.
Using Flaxseeds for Hair Growth
Flaxseeds are safe for your hair. The seeds contain vitamins and minerals, so they are 100% all-natural. You can eat flaxseeds or use them as the main ingredient when making hair gel. To achieve best results, include flaxseeds in your diet while using flaxseed hair gel every day.
Flaxseeds are good for all hair types, especially for wavy or curly hair. The seeds can moisturize curly hair without causing crunchiness or stiffness. When making a hair gel using flaxseeds, feel free to customize it by mixing them with other natural ingredients. Here are two recipes for a homemade flaxseeds hair gel:
Flaxseed Hair Gel Recipe #1
- Let the water boil and dump the flaxseeds in it.
- Stir constantly and allow the flaxseeds to boil with the water until the gel starts to form, which may take around 5 minutes. Make sure not to overcook the flaxseeds.
- Use a fine mesh filter when draining the gel from the seeds. Put the gel in a pump bottle
- Add some aloe vera gel which will give a moisturizing effect to your flaxseed gel.
- You can also add 3 up to 4 drops of your desired essential oil.
- Shake well before applying on your hair.
Flaxseed Hair Gel Recipe #2
- ¼ cup flaxseeds
- 1 tbsp. fresh lemon juice
- 2 cups of water
- Fill a pot with 2 cups of water, let it boil.
- Add the flaxseeds.
- The liquid will start to thicken after a few minutes, and that is the perfect time for adding the lemon juice. Stir the mixture.
- Remove the pot from the heat when the mixture reaches a gel-like consistency, and allow it to cool.
- When the liquid is already cool, strain the gel, and put it in a jug or bottle. Use this homemade gel when styling your hair each morning. The gel is also a good topical treatment for your scalp, which will promote faster hair growth.
How To Make Your Flaxseed Hair Gel Last Longer
Storing your homemade flaxseed gel in the fridge will extend its life for up to two weeks. You can also add preservatives to your flaxseed gel to extend its shelf life. However, make sure you add the preservatives when the mixture is already cold.
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