Omega-3 Fatty Acids For Skin: Skin Benefits Of Omega-3 Fatty Acids Will Surprise You
Omega-3 fatty acids for skin: Omega-3 fatty acids have been shown to be protective for your skin. They can be helpful for people with dry skin and older skin, and has also been found to be an important anti-inflammatory agent.
Omega-3 rich foods like walnuts and flaxseeds can be beneficial for your skin
- DHA and EPA are two kinds of omega-3 fatty acids
- EPA benefits the skin by regulating oil production
- EPA contains antioxidants and also works as anti-inflammatory agent
Omega-3 fatty acids are important for a healthy heart and brain. But did you know that omega-3 fatty acids can be beneficial for your skin as well? Highlighting the same is dermatologist Dr Kiran Lohia on Instagram. Foods like fatty fish (salmon, mackerel, tuna, herring), walnuts, flax seeds and chia seeds are considered to be good sources of omega-3 fatty acids. Including omega-3 fatty acids in your diet can help in fighting depression and anxiety, improving eye health, promoting brain health and reducing risk factors of heart disease. In this article, we are going to talk about health benefits of omega-3 fatty acids for skin.
Omega-3 fatty acids: Health benefits for skin
In her video post on Instagram, Dr Kiran says, "Omega-3 fatty acids have been shown to be protective for your skin. They can be helpful for people with dry skin and older skin, and has also been found to be an important anti-inflammatory agent. It can be helpful for people with heart disease and prevent heart attacks."
You can include omega-3 fatty acids rich foods in your daily diet, or you can also have omega-3 fatty acid supplements once in a day. Just one gm of omega-3 fatty acids supplement is sufficient in a day, recommends Dr Kiran.
1. Docosahexaenoic acid (DHA) and Eicosapentaenoic acid (EPA) are two kinds of omega-3 fatty acids.
2. EPA benefits the skin by regulating oil production and boosting hydration.
3. EPA can prevent acne and prevent premature ageing of skin.
4. According to a 2005 study published in Journla of Lipid Research, EPAs can help in blocking release of UV-induced enzymes that reduce collagen and cause lines on face and also sagging skin.
5. EPA contains beneficial antioxidants and also works as anti-inflammatory agent which can protect the skin from damage caused by UV rays of the sun.
It might be difficult to get omega-3 fatty acids from your diet, unless you are eating enough of the foods mentioned below. You can also take supplements for the several benefits they offer. Make sure you consult your doctor before taking supplements.
Following are foods rich in omega-3 fatty acids
- Chia seeds
- Hemp seeds
- Kidney beans
- Soyabean oil
- Brussel sprouts
- Fatty fish (salmon, mackerel, tuna, herring)
(Dr Kiran Lohiya is a dermatologist at Isya Aesthetics)
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