Flax seeds known as linum usitatissimum are chock full of alpha-linolenic acid (omega-3 essential fatty acids), lignans (phytochemicals), vitamins and hair strengthening magnesium. The nutty seeds consist of healthy fats and soluble fibers.
Flax seed oil is known for providing a number of health benefits including reducing stress-induced nerve-cell activity which can lead to chronic neck-pain, tight scalp and tension headaches. A tension filled scalp can lead to stressed roots. limp coils, curls and kinks as well as unhealthy strands.
The essential fatty acids in flax seed oil can contribute to healthy hair growth along with enhanced shine and softness.
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Flaxseed oil applied as an external hair and scalp ointment can produce a notable difference in retarding hair loss as well as strengthening the hair. When used as a scalp oil, flaxseed nourishes the scalp helping to produce vibrant strong strands with great shimmer.
It also adds much needed moisturizing oils from the inside out. Naturally textured hair benefits most from dryness busting ingredients.
There are many ways to incorporate flaxseeds into your diet. You can utilize whole flaxseeds, ground flax or flax oil. Whole flaxseeds provide a longer shelf life of many months when stored properly in airtight containers.
Ground flax has a shorter shelf life, but the pre-ground version is more convenient for cooking. Flax seed oil is also a great oil to use on pre-foods because of its nutty and slightly sweet flavor.
Regardless of why type of flax you select, it's important to always add flax seed after cooking to preserve it's rich nutrient values.
Besides strengthening and adding shine to your curls, waves and kinks, flaxseeds can amp up natural brain power, heightening memory and provide feelings of well-being. Bonus benefits? Flaxseed are actually quite yummy with a rich nutty flavor and can make you feel fuller faster.
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