Essential fatty acids are important for skin just like your moisturizers and tweezers. But many don’t realize it. Omega-6 and omega-3 fatty acids are essential for your body needs. Sufficient amount of healthy fats is required for your body to function properly, and to maintain your beauty. Young women are becoming more and more fat-phobic. It’s true that fats have nearly double the amount of calories compared to carbohydrates in the same quantity. But fats cannot be neglected for that simple reason alone.
Coming back to omega-3, these fatty acids that the fats provide are essential for keeping your skin soft and supple. They keep the natural oil barrier of the skin intact, which helps to retain moisture and eliminate germs. Let’s see some benefits of omega-3 for skin.
Omega-3 Skin Benefits
- Anti-inflammatory property of omega-3 reduces irritation and swelling, resulting in clearer skin
Protect the skin from the sun’s harmful UV rays
- Improve skin tone and elasticity
- Prevent collagen breakdown, warding off wrinkles and loose skin
- Helpful in treating skin conditions like rosacea, psoriasis, and eczema
The benefits don’t end with skin. They lower blood pressure, prevent heart disease, balance blood sugar level, and improve nerve function.
Good Sources of Omega-3 Fatty Acids
Flaxseed oil: Alpha-linolenic acid is an important omega-3 essential fatty acid. Flaxseed is one of the richest sources of alpha-linolenic acid. One teaspoon of the oil contains about 2gms of omega-3 fatty acids.
Walnut: A great tasting nut rich in monounsaturated fats and omega-3 fatty-acids. Both are needed for good health. A one-quarter cup of walnuts contains about 2.3gms of omega-3 essential fatty acids.
Salmon: A very good source of omega-3 fatty acids. In a 3oz serving there is about 1.8gms. Wild salmon is my favorite choice.
More Sources: Mackerel, oysters, wheat germ, soybeans, chia seeds, pumpkin seeds, almonds, cashews, avocados, broccoli, cauliflower, kale and more.
Omega-3 fatty acids are also available as supplements. Make sure the omega-3 supplements you take are free from mercury, cadmium and lead. Omega-3 used in supplements comes mainly from fish oils and plant sources (flaxseed oil). Taking omega-3 supplements may cause interaction with other medications. It’s better to consult with your doctor before taking large amounts of the supplement.