Over the last few months, I have noticed that my hair is shinier and my nails are stronger. This is an unexpected benefit of eating flax seeds.
When I was younger, I had fairly healthy nails, but as I got older, I started to notice that they were breaking and splitting more easily. I had to keep them cut short to keep them as healthy as possible.
Flax Seed Benefits
After a few months of eating flax seeds, I noticed some improvement and so I did a little research. The article “10 Flax Seed Benefits and Nutrition Facts” by Dr. Axe provided much-needed information. As it turns out, the alpha-linolenic acid (ALA) fats in flax seeds benefit our skin, hair, and nails by reducing dryness and flakiness.
Two other advantages that I wasn’t aware of are that the consumption of flax seeds can improve rosacea, which I have, and dry eye. It seems like there are only upsides to eating flax seeds every day.
In his article about eating flax seeds, Dr. Axe says:
“If you want healthier skin, hair, and nails then consider adding 2 tbsp of flax seeds to your smoothie or 1 tbsp of flax seed oil to your daily routine.
Flax seed oil is another great option since it has an even higher concentration of healthy fats. You can take 1–2 tbsp internally to hydrate skin and hair. It can also be mixed with essential oils and used as a natural skin moisturizer.”
How to Eat Flax Seeds
My favorite way of eating ground flax seeds is to add one tablespoon to my oatmeal every morning. The nutty flavor adds a great taste, and the texture is fine in oatmeal.
I have also tried adding ground flaxseeds to yogurt. I like it that way, especially when I add in nuts too.
Just make sure to store your ground flax seeds in the freezer to keep them as fresh as possible.
In the article mentioned above, Dr. Axe suggests some more ways to add ground flaxseeds to your diet. He also shares information about how to bake with ground flaxseeds.
Dr. Axe also shares ways to add flaxseed to our diets:
“There are many great ways to add these super seeds into your diet, including adding them to homemade muffins, breads, and cookies.
One of the most common questions about baking with flax seeds is whether baking has any effect on omega-3 fatty acids.”
Read the full article here: “10 Flax Seed Benefits and Nutrition Facts”
Question: Do you eat ground flax seeds? Have you noticed an improvement in your hair or nails? I would love to hear your comments.