Enhance your skin with the essential fatty acids fish oils provide, a rich source of moisture to give a the skin a healthy glow. Fish oils deliver essential nourishment for hair follicles to support quicker hair grow for stronger, fuller hair. Boost the strength of your nails with fish oils to prevent weak, brittle nails.
Fish oil supplements are widely used for disease prevention and cardiovascular health. However the fatty acids contained within these oils can also have a number of beauty benefits, having a particular effect on the appearance of hair skin and nails. In fact, according to the American Journal of Clinical Nutrition, dry and damaged hair, dry skin and brittle nails can all be signs of low levels of Omega-3 fatty acids, all the more reason to ensure that fish oils are added to your everyday beauty regime.
Essential fatty acids contained in fish oil are vital to skin health, providing a rich source of moisture and giving it that all important ‘glow’. Other helpful mechanisms include protection against the sun and harmful rays.
Fish oil can be also considered as a potential treatment for, and as a preventative measure against, skin ageing. This is because ultraviolet light, or UV rays from the sun causes the development of MMP chemicals within the skin, which in turn produce structural damage and wrinkles. Research from the 2005 issue of the Journal of Lipid Research demonstrated that supplementation of fish oil actually reduces the number of MMP’s in UV-exposed skin, therefore combating the signs of ageing.
Hair care is an important part of most people’s beauty regimes. Many men and women apply a whole host of hair care products on a daily basis, with the average British woman spending around £36,903 on her hair in a lifetime! Furthermore she will spend the equivalent of just under two years of her life washing, styling, cutting, colouring, crimping and straightening her hair either in salons or at home.
Omega-3 has recently gained attention for its ability to combat dry and brittle hair, hair loss, dry, flaky scalp and reduced circulation to the scalp. In addition,the benefits of Omega-3 essential fatty acids include adding lustre, sheen and elasticity to your hair as both DHA and EPA (two specific types of fatty acids found within Omega 3) are vital for the nourishment of hair follicles. Omega-3 also can help restart hair growth, help hair grow quicker and stronger and even prevent or reverse hair loss.
Nails provide an external sign of your health, with weak, brittle nails often signalling nutritional deficiencies within the body. Ensuring that you have enough Omega 3 in your diet can help to lubricate and moisturise your nails and prevent nail disorders. Therefore deficiencies in Omega-3 fatty acids can increase your risk of dry and brittle nails. Omega-3 fatty acids can help reduce inflammation within your nail bed, nourishing and promoting the health of cells that give rise to your nail plate. It will take time to see the progress of this, since nails only grow about one-tenth of an inch per month, but the results should be well worth the wait.
Food Sources of Omega 3
Cold-water fish such as salmon, tuna, mackerel, herring and sardines are all good sources of Omega-3 fatty acids as are a number of nuts: Brazil nuts, cashews, almonds, pistachios, pecans, peanuts and seeds: Pumpkin seeds, sunflower seeds, flax seeds and sesame seeds.
If you do not regularly consume any of these food groups then it may be necessary to take an Omega 3 supplement.
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