One of the best nutrients for your hair is omega-3. Not only is this type of nutrient good for your hair and skin, but it is also helpful in improving or maintaining heart function and stimulating the brain. For all of these reasons, adding it to your diet makes sense. But, how can you do that? You could invest in supplements (and it is generally a good idea to take these anyway) but the best sources for omega-3 come from your diet. Take a few minutes to consider the ways you can boost your health through these healthy, nutrient-rich recipes for your hair.

Top Foods for Omega-3

Omega-3 offers an incredible source of nutrients for your body and especially your hair. First, let's discuss some of the foods that are very rich in it. Adding these to your diet in any way can help you to boost your intake and, therefore, improve the look of your hair. These foods include:

  • Flaxseeds
  • Walnuts
  • Sardines
  • Beef
  • Salmon
  • Brussel Sprouts
  • Cauliflower
  • Mustard seeds
  • Tofu
  • Shrimp

Now, that you have an idea of which foods are the most nutrient-rich when it comes to omega-3 fatty acids, take a few of these tips for adding them to your diet. Remember, our goal here is not just to increase this particular nutrient, but to combine it with other foods that are also nutrient-rich and ideal for improving your hair's look and health.

  • Create a healthy salad: Add a bed of dark greens including spinach, kale, or others that you enjoy. Then, add healthy toppings including flaxseeds, walnuts, tofu or shrimp, and perhaps a few strawberries. Always seek out a healthy dressing that uses extra virgin olive oil, one of the best sources of healthy oil available.
  • A simple dish of broiled or baked salmon, basted with butter, garlic, and olive oil can be the ideal way to add omega-3 foods to your diet that boost the health of your hair and skin.
  • Roast some vegetables. Those that are especially good together that are high in omega-3 fatty acids including winter squash, bok choy, summer squash, and leeks. Top them with olive oil, salt, and pepper. This creates a rich dish for your meal.
  • Toss together a simple mixture of raspberries, tofu, strawberries, and basil with a touch of balsamic vinaigrette. This can be an excellent snack or you can have it for breakfast each day.

How Do Omega-3 Rich Foods Help Your Hair?

A balanced diet is always good for supporting the cells in your body. The same is true for your hair. To give your body the boost it needs to keep cells flushed free of toxins and filled with nutrition to do their job, increase your intake of omega-3 fatty acids. These nutrients work very well to improve and fortify your follicle, the component or shaft that holds your hair in place. By having healthier follicles, your hair will be stronger, thicker, and overall in better condition.

It is also important to consider time. You'll need to eat a healthy diet that is full of omega-3 fatty acids on a regular basis to see the benefits. This process often takes time, but that means that you are not only boosting the health of your hair but also your skin and your cells as a whole. For many people, the benefits of taking omega-3 at a higher level are evident in other areas first, such as in improved health and even better focus and memory. However, over time, you'll see a significant improvement in your overall hair quality especially as time goes on.

When it comes time to improving your hair, especially if it seems frail, thin, or damaged, improving the level and quality of nutrients in your body helps. Remember to eat a healthy diet. This includes a diet that offers a rainbow of colors of fruits and vegetables. It also includes eating more lean foods and healthy oils. With omega-3 fatty acids in your diet, on a regular basis, you are likely to see improvements in your overall health including in the way your hair and skin looks and feels. For more information on hair health and hair and scalp therapy, contact Unique Hair Concepts.