Omega-3 Fatty Acids and Healthy Skin
Are you concerned about the condition of your skin as you age? Do you look for skin care products based on the latest buzz? Did you know the foods you eat can contribute to the condition of your skin and how well you age?
Research has shown that the foods you put in your body are as vital as the products you put on it. Among the “must have” foods for healthy skin includes omega-3 fatty acids. These “good fats” have been credited with increasing heart health as well as helping your skin look healthier. Foods highest in omega-3 fatty acids include seafood (especially tuna and salmon) as well as walnuts, canola oil and flax seed.
How do omega-3 fatty acids really work? They are responsible for the health of the cell membrane, which not only acts as a barrier to things that are harmful. It is also the passageway for nutrients to cross in and out and for waste products to get in and out of the cell.
Since the membrane is what influences the cells ability to hold water, having a nice healthy barrier yields softer, moister and more wrinkle-free skin.
In addition to reinforcing the cell membrane, omega-3 fatty acids help reduce the body’s production of inflammatory compounds. These compounds are natural chemicals involved in the aging process that affects how healthy the skin looks and feels.
Keeping a close eye on the foods you eat can contribute to the health and condition of your skin.