Eva Proudman answers ‘is fish oil good for your hair?’ in our latest Q&A
July 27, 2019
As July is Marine awareness month, I thought that I would let you know why Fish is so good for your hair and a question I always get asked is ‘is fish oil good for your hair’? After all Absolute Collagen does come from Marine sources.
In lots of my previous hair blogs I have talked about the importance of Absolute Collagen to support healthy strong hair and a balanced scalp, usually referring to essential Amino Acids and Protein – this is where our diet can also help by including oily fish twice a week.
Fish oil has many benefits for the hair and scalp and is a healthy fat too so read on to find out how Fish oil in your diet and Absolute Collagen can help you to have glossy silky hair and a healthy balanced scalp.
Why is oily fish so good for our hair and scalp?
Oily fish contains many nutrients that are associated with general health and hair benefits, these are: Protein, omega-3 polyunsaturated fatty acids, as well as the B vitamins, Vitamin D, potassium, iodine and selenium. So how does this all help our hair and scalp?
Protein is needed by the hair for cell renewal and to maintain it in the growing phase for the optimum amount of time, reviewing your protein portions and sources is good to do.
If you struggle to get the recommended daily amount of protein is 55g – 60 g row adult females and 75 g for adult males, this is calculated at 0.8g protein per kilo of body weight and is just a guide. 100g of Tuna gives you 32g of protein with 100g of Salmon giving you 24 g of protein.
Absolute collagen can really help as a supplement to top up your protein intake, delivering essential amino acids and helping you to have healthy shiny hair and a balanced scalp to provide the best growing conditions for the hair, per sachet delivers 8g of protein.
Omega-3 polyunsaturated fatty acids
Benefit the hair and hair growth from within giving glossy locks and encouraging newly growing hair to form.
These fatty acids can also help to reduce inflammation, nourish the hair with better blood flow and help the production of essential scalp oil that will naturally coat the hair giving smooth shiny hair.
Fish oil also provides hydration to the skin and can benefit people who suffer from Psoriasis. By reducing inflammation to the skin and scalp fish oil can encourages the hair to grow stronger and healthier.
The complex B Vitamins
Support healthy hair growth they contribute to cell regeneration, density of hair strands, growth of hair and the overall condition, in particular vitamin B12 plays a vital role in cell division, red blood cell production and metabolism, only really available from animal sources make sure you get your serving from oily fish as well as other animal proteins, or consider supplementing.
It is really important to the hair and immune system, low levels of this vitamin are linked to alopecia, and research shows that it may help to create new follicles.
Most people don’t get enough vitamin D so including an oily fish in your regular diet helps to support this and keep the hair and body healthy.
Potassium deficiency can cause the hair to fall out.
Diets that are high in salt cause excess sodium accumulation around the hair follicles, preventing absorption of vital nutrients required for healthy hair, which in turn leads to hair loss.
Increasing potassium intake will remove the excess sodium, prevent deficiency and will not result in hair loss.
It is necessary for the proper functioning of the Thyroid gland, if it is deficient then the thyroid can be over active or under active and hair can shed excessively, become dry, brittle and slow growing.
Iodine supplements are not recommended on their own as an excess can cause many other problems, much better to include it in your diet.
Iodine can be used topically in cases of Alopecia Areata to stimulate new hair growth; this is usually done under medical supervision and may be a first line treatment prior to the use of steroids.
It is a mineral and trace element however it is a major nutrient for the body and the hair.
Selenium is a great antioxidant, helping to fight free radicals and stop the damage that these can do, especially in relation to the hair and skin where free radicals play a major part in premature ageing and weakened hair follicles.
Selenium also helps the normal function of our Thyroid and patients who suffer from thyroid disorders can also suffer hair loss.
This mineral promotes hair growth and hair regrowth and researchers are looking into the wider effects on some immune disorders.
Selenium can also reduce Dandruff by killing fungus, you will often see selenium as an ingredient in anti-dandruff shampoos.
From our perception survey we know that Absolute Collagen can help to reduce inflammation and scaly itchy scalp conditions to give a healthier scalp.
As you can see, we are what we eat has never been more true or relevant to the hair and scalp.
I saw an Absoluter in clinic this month who wondered why she wasn’t getting an improvement in hair shedding just from taking Absolute Collagen on its own.
After an in-depth consultation to enable a complete diagnosis it transpired that the Absolute Collagen was helping to boost protein intake that was low in her diet, however she also had mineral and vitamin deficiencies as well that needed to be addressed at the same time. This lady is now on a combined treatment plan and I know that she will see a steady improvement in her hair.
Enjoy Marine Month and eat plenty of oily fish, ideally 2 portions per week, wherever possible ensuring that it is from sustainable sources.
With all of this in mind you can look forward to healthy shiny hair and a balanced non irritated scalp.
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