Blackcurrant seed oil is the ideal oil number 2. The previous post discussed ideal oil number 1 – Borage Seed Oil. Blackcurrants are sourced from a plant known as Ribes nigrum, which is common to Europe and Asia. The oil is derived from the seeds of the blackcurrants and is full of essential fatty acids.
Blackcurrant seed oil contains significant amounts of gamma-linolenic acid (GLA), which is vital to overall body functions and aids in reducing symptoms of common ailments such as inflammation, colds, coughs and menopause. It also contains a high amount of omega 3 & 6, anthocyanins and stearidonic acid.
Blackcurrant seed oil has many benefits related to overall health but when it comes to hair, it addresses issues such as dryness, weakness, thinning and split ends. The EFA in the oil will nourish your curls from inside leading to more moisturized hair and healthier flow of nutrients to your hair follicles.
Blackcurrant seed oil is available as gel caps with a 500mg dosage taken twice a day. Aim for caps containing at least 45 mg of gamma-linolenic acid (GLA). Though there is topical black currant seed oil available, it’s not recommended for use in nurturing hair as it’s not as effective as the supplements. Long-term usage, 6 – 8 months approx., results in more moisturized, vibrant and healthier looking hair.
As great as it is, there are some side effects associated with black currant seed oil such as headache, nausea and dizziness. To combat this, take the supplements with plenty of water instead of soda, juice or other flavoured drinks. As always, check with your physician before you start consuming supplements especially if you have any health issues.
Fast Fact: Blackcurrant oil can also help with weak, breaking nails. Just break open the soft gel, dab on the nails at night and rub in until absorbed.
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