Chia Seeds for Hair Loss Prevention & Hair Growth
Did you know that chia seeds are cramm-full of nutrients that are known to promote hair growth and prevent premature hair loss? This article provides an overview of the nutrients that are responsible for the hair health promoting effects of chia seeds.
Protein. Dried chia seeds are an excellent plant-based source of protein, with 16% of their weight being protein. Protein is crucial for healthy hair growth, and insufficient protein in the diet may cause slow hair growth and hair loss.
Zinc and copper. Although needed only in small amounts, copper is crucial for the proper functioning of the body, including healthy hair growth. Lack of copper has been associated with hair loss and thinning hair. Copper is also thought to delay graying of hair and to intensify hair color. Another trace mineral that is important for healthy locks is zinc, which plays an important role in the production of new hair cells and which helps maintain oil-secreting glands that keep your crowning glory shiny. Chia seeds are a good source of both zinc and copper.
Alpha-linolenic acid. Chia seeds are one of nature's best sources of alpha-linolenic acid (ALA), a type of essential omega-3 fatty acid that has many important functions in the human body. A deficiency in alpha linolenic acid and its 'cousin' linoleic acid has been associated with hair loss and scaly skin.
B complex vitamins. Numerous studies suggest that a sufficient intake of the B complex vitamins is necessary for healthy hair. Chia seeds are an excellent source of B vitamins, particularly thiamin (vitamin B1) and niacin (vitamin B3), but they also contain other B vitamins – including riboflavin (vitamin B2), pyridoxine (vitamin B6), and cobalamin (vitamin B12) – in smaller amounts.
Iron. About 70 percent of your body's iron is found in your hemoglobin, the protein that transports oxygen to the scalp and hair. Therefore, it is not suprising that an adequate iron intake is crucial for healthy hair. In fact, depleted iron stores appear to be one of the primary causes of premature hair loss in women. Chia seeds are a rich source of dietary iron.
Tip: Make hair health boosting green smoothies by blending chia seeds with fruits and vegetables that have hair health promoting properties (e.g. spinach, bok choy). Check out our page 5 Foods That Promote Healthy Hair Growth for inspiration.