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Faster Hair Growth -
Easy as Omega 3
By David Mcevoy
Most people, and especially good hairdressers and dieticians, know that
poor nutrition can make your hair dull and lifeless, as well as affecting
its growth. Thus it follows that a good diet can improve the quality of
Hair is composed of keratin, a type of protein. A single hair begins with
a root below the skin and a follicle from which the root grows - the part
of the hair that shows is known as the shaft. Melanin, the pigment which
gives hair its color, is produced in the hair bulb at the follicle's lower
Around 50-100 head hairs fall out every day in most cases, but are
replaced as the follicles do their work - this is completely normal, and
is just the way the body works. However, a higher rate of hair loss may
indicate a problem. Hair loss at a rate which causes balding patches or
visibly thin hair is called alopecia.
If your hair is falling out at a rate that bothers you, a visit to the
doctor is advisable to find out the cause. A doctor can suggest treatment
for any underlying problem after discovering the reason for the hair loss.
How does hair grow?
Every hair whether on your head or the rest of your body grows from its
own follicle. New hair cells form at the root of the shaft each time
inside the follicle, and these push the old cells out. The old cells,
which die as they are pushed out, form the hair shaft itself.
Follicles produce new cells for a period of time, called a growth phase,
depending on where they occur on the body. The growth phase will give way
after this time to a rest phase, where no growth occurs, before another
growth phase begins.
Hair does appear to grow consistently, however, at a rate of about half a
millimeter a day. This adds up to half an inch every month. The growth
rate may vary according to genetics, age and hormonal state - pregnant
women often notice a difference in hair growth. Half a millimeter a day is
a good average, but you may find growth rate slows if you have poor
Many of the western world's health problems can be attributed to poor
nutrition. Omega 3, an essential fatty acid, is vital to healthy hair.
Starved of essential nutrients such as this, the body reacts, and as well
as other health issues hair health can be compromised. Dull and unhealthy
hair can often indicate other problems.
The same principles apply to healthy hair as to a healthy garden; if you
want a good lawn you need to maintain the soil underneath. To have a
healthy head of hair, therefore, you need to make sure it is being fed the
right nutrients from inside. This means improving your diet and ensuring
it contains the right balance of essential fatty acids, especially Omega
It is well-known that Omega 3 has hair-growing properties. Its three main
nutrients, all found in various foods in differing quantities, are ALA
(alpha linolic acid), EPA (ecoisapentaionc acid) and DHA (docosahexaenioc
acid). You can find a high amount of Omega 3 fatty acids in salmon,
halibut, sardines, albacore, trout, herring, walnut, flaxseed oil and
canola oil. Omega 3 fatty acids are also present in shrimp, clams, light
chunk tuna, catfish, cod, and spinach.
Omega 3 is excellent for the promotion of faster hair growth and helps
your hair to be healthier, as it nourishes it from the inside, feeding the
follicles to stimulate growth and shine.
Copyright 2005 David McEvoy
Dave McEvoy is an award winning personal trainer with over 20 years
experience; he also runs a high quality health supplement website.