This Nutritional Supplement May Help Women With Hair Loss
Female pattern hair loss (FHPL) affects as many as 50% of women over the age of 50 and is usually seen as lower hair density, mainly in the crown and frontal scalp. A recent study suggests that taking a combination of omega-3s, omega-6s, and antioxidants may improve scalp coverage and the condition of hair in women suffering from FHPL.
Participants in the study included 120 healthy women who took either a specific blend of omega-3s and omega-6s from fish and blackcurrant seed oils combined with antioxidants or a placebo over the course of six months. At the conclusion of the study, the supplement group had improved hair density as measured by photograph assessment.
89.9% of the participants in the supplement group also reported a reduction in hair loss, 78.5% reported improvement in hair diameter, and 87.3% reported better hair density. In the control group, 69.2% of the participants reported a reduction in hair loss, 33.3% reported improvement in hair diameter, and 64.1% reported better hair density.
Researchers from Laboratoires innéov in France conducted the study. It was published in the March 2015 issue of the Journal of Cosmetic Dermatology.
Omega-3s have been linked to a number of health benefits, including improved joint mobility, helping with age related macular degeneration, better moods, and aiding your immune system.
Because omega-3 fatty-acids are not found naturally in the human body, it is especially important to make sure that they are a part of your daily diet. Oily, dark fish such as tuna and salmon are high in omega-3s. If you don’t like fish, consider taking a daily high quality non-fish supplement that has been tested for purity and potency.
Omega-6 are also essential fatty acids that are not produced by the human body. Previous studies link them with improved brain functioning. However, the American diet often contains too many omega-6s and maintaining a balance between omega-6 and omega-3 is essential for good health.
Antioxidants are vital for good health because they combat free radicals. Free radicals break down cells in the body and can lead to heart disease, Alzheimer’s disease, rheumatoid arthritis and diabetes. The production of free-radicals can be increased as a result of smoking, pollution, alcohol, infection and stress.