Omega-3 Fatty Acids are essential to maintaining healthy looking skin.

omega-3 fatty acids“Here’s an interesting article about Omega-3 fatty acids. Did you know that they can help joint pain, depression, asthma and other challenges? For more interesting stuff you may like to know about the benefits of Omega 3’s just click this link which takes you to my  Beauty News Blog page at my website.

When we think about trying to improve our health, adding more fat to our diet is probably not what first comes to mind. There is one kind of fat, however, that should be a part of every healthy eating plan – omega-3 fatty acids. These are essential fats that the body needs but cannot produce itself and must be obtained from food or supplements.

There are three main categories of omega-3 fatty acids:

Eicosapentaenoic acid (EPA) and docosahexaenoic acid (DHA), which are primarily found in fish, and alpha-linolenic acid (ALA), which is found mostly in vegetable oils, nuts (especially walnuts), flax seeds and flax oil. Not only are these fats necessary for our bodies to function correctly, but they have some amazing health and beauty benefits as well.

Omega-3 fatty acids make up part of the cell membranes throughout the body and play a part in the hormones that regulate contraction and relaxation of artery walls, blood clotting and inflammation. Due to their role in these very important processes, it is believed that these fats are beneficial in helping with many ailments such as heart disease, joint pain, high blood pressure, diabetes, rheumatoid arthritis, depression, asthma, ADHD and even certain kinds of cancer. Research is still ongoing in many of these areas, but there is reason to believe that these fats, when consumed regularly, can provide a tremendous health boost.

As if these benefits are not enough, omega-3 fatty acids can provide significant improvements to the skin as well. They have strong anti-inflammatory properties and, as such, can possibly help protect skin from sun damage (sunscreen should still be used) by helping control how the body responds to UV rays. Wrinkles caused by inflammation may be reduced as these fats help support the structure of the skin through the cell membranes. Skin hydration may be greatly improved as an increase in omega-3 intake helps to strengthen the “seal” function of skin, allowing less moisture to escape.

Now that we know the many benefits of omega-3 fatty acids, how do we get them? It is better to obtain them from food, if possible, and some of the best choices are: salmon, halibut, tuna, sardines and herring (EPA and DHA) and walnuts, flax seeds (fresh ground is best), flax oil, canola oil, soybeans and pumpkin seeds (ALA). For skin care, it can be applied topically to the skin using products which contain these ingredients. Supplements are also widely available if taste or dietary restrictions prevent consuming these foods. Consult your doctor before beginning any supplement change or routine.

When we give our body what it needs to function properly, we are rewarded with better health and a better appearance. Omega-3 fatty acids are not only essential nutrients, but a powerhouse of benefits to help you become beautifully healthy from the inside out!