Omega-3 are nutrients you typically get from a balanced diet. In food, you can find them in oily, fatty fish like salmon and tuna. If you don’t like the taste of fish, there are supplements available. Talk to your doctor before beginning any kind of supplement routine.
Studies suggest that omega-3 supplements are beneficial for a number of conditions to maintain or improve health – though some studies also indicate no benefits from taking them, so it’s not settled science. For advocates of omega-3 supplements, the benefits cited include decreasing the risk of cardiovascular disease, high cholesterol, arrhythmia, atherosclerosis, stroke, high blood pressure, blood clots, and more.
It has been suggested (in a small number of studies) that these fish oil supplements may also provide essential proteins and nutrients for healthy hair and skin, prevent follicle inflammation that can lead to hair loss, and may trigger hair growth by promoting circulation throughout the scalp.
Does Omega-3 Help With Hair Loss?
Omega-3 has been known to reduce levels of triglycerides and help relieve the symptoms of rheumatoid arthritis. It’s also said that people who eat seafood one to four times a week are less likely to die of heart disease than those who do not.
There have only been a few studies looking into possible effects between omega-3 and hair loss. Some people claim a topical application of fish oil applied to the hair can improve hair health (as well as its luster and shine). Though, if you decide to apply fish oil directly to your head, please be aware the oil may have a fishy odor that might be unwelcome to you or those around you.
There are not many studies focusing on fish oil for hair thickness, but a few have shown some increased hair growth and reduced hair loss in women taking omega-3 supplements.
Does Omega-3 Block DHT?
Dihydrotestosterone (DHT) is a sex hormone that contributes to the development of “male” sex characteristics – like body hair growth and the maturation of the genitals. Beyond puberty, DHT benefits your body by contributing to your muscle mass and general sexual health.
However, too much or too little DHT in your body can have negative effects. Too much can lead to an enlarged prostate, coronary heart disease, slow healing of your skin after an injury, or prostate cancer. Low DHT during puberty can delay its onset and, in adult men, low DHT may cause changes in fat distribution or increased risk of prostate tumors.
High levels of sex hormones like DHT have the potential to shrink hair follicles and shorten the hair growth cycle, causing hair to grow looking more brittle and thinner than is typical. While the research is limited, there appears to be a link between omega-3 and DHT. Though the American Academy of Dermatology does not yet recommend it as a treatment for hair loss until more research confirms the findings.
Can Omega-3 Cure Baldness?
There is a 2018 study that showed omega-3 hair benefits in mice. The scientists treated isolated rat whisker follicles and treated them with fish oil containing omega-3 fatty acids. After two weeks, the treated hair follicles were longer than those that were not treated. So, while more research needs to be conducted… it appears there may be some link involving omega-3 fish oil for hair thickness and growth improvements.
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