Fish Oil For Hair Growth

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This article is one of ten in a series titled “The 10 Best Oils For Hair Growth“. To discover the other nine best oils to promote healthy hair, hit the green link.

The Omega-3 fatty acids, eicosapentaenoic (EPA) and docosahexaenoic (DHA) are essential components of our overall health and well being. Unfortunately, our bodies do not produce these acids on their own and we must look to outside sources to acquire them. Enter: Fish Oil.

The most common source of Omega-3 fatty acids is oil derived from within the tissue of oily fish. Unlike most essential oils that are consumed, vaporized and inhaled, or applied topically, fish oil is only safely available in 2 ways. Either eating the fish themselves or taking fish oil in softgel form. Ironically fish do not produce these acids themselves either. The acids build up in their system from consuming microalgae (which do produce the acids) or by eating other fish that have already accumulated the acids from eating microalgae.

Currently there are no studies that indicate a direct link between fish oil and hair growth. However, fish oil has anti-inflammatory properties shared by other essential oils that have been shown to benefit scalp health. Inflammation of the scalp inhibits the growth of hair. Other essential oils are used by massaging them into the hair and scalp directly. A good portion of the benefits are aided by the physical stimulation created by the massage as well as by removing dead skin cells and sebum build-up around the base of the hairs. As fish oil is only taken in pill form, it is lacking in the physical stimuli present in other methods.

Fish oil has been shown to improve the condition of poor skin and is used to treat a number of skin conditions such as eczema, lesions, rashes, psoriasis, acne and dry skin. Common sense would indicate that the same benefits that fish oil showers on skin, would also apply to the general health of the hair and scalp.

Aside from giving us shiny hair and glowing skin, fish oil works wonders on us internally. The Omega-3 fatty acids reduce the risks of heart disease and arrhythmias, aid in weight loss, improve circulation, strengthen the immune system, relieve depression and minimize the severity of bipolar and other mood disorders, improve vision, and increase fertility.

Whether or not it actually helps to grow hair, it would appear that the addition of fish oil to a daily supplement regimen is beneficial in many aspects of good health. However, due to a lack of consistency in the purity of the fish oil and possible conflicts with other supplements, research and physicians’ advice are recommended prior to introducing fish oil into your diet.

You can purchase fish oil in your local health store, but for extra convenience and value for money I personally recommend you buy fish oil online on Amazon. Click the orange link for more information.

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