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The Beauty Benefits Of Fish Oil

Did you know that there are beauty benefits of fish oil? That’s because fish oil is rich in Omega 3, which has a range of benefits on our health.

What Is Fish Oil?

Fish oil is made from the tissue of oily fish like mackerel, herring, tuna, salmon, and cod. They are rich in Omega 3, which contains two essential fatty acids: docosahexaenoic acid (DHA) and eicosapentaenoic acid (EPA). These two fatty acids have benefits on our heart health, but did you know that they could also help to condition our hair and skin? 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.

What Are The Beauty Benefits Of Fish Oil?

So far the two fatty acids, DHA and EPA, in fish oil have not been officially recognised by the EU Commission as having an impact of the health of our hair or skin. However, some scientific research suggests that fish oils provide a rich source of moisture for the skin and deliver essential nourishment for hair follicles. Findings of these studies have seen that fish oils can affect:

  1. Skin Health

    The studies showed that EPA and DHA have an impact on the moisture of the skin and its protection against the sun and harmful rays.

    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.

  2. Hair Health

    Omega-3 in fish oils has recently been studied for affecting the moisture of and circulation to the scalp. The study suggested that both DHA and EPA are important for the nourishment of hair follicles.

  3. Nail Health

    Nails provide an external sign of your health, with weak, brittle nails often signalling nutritional deficiencies within the body. Studies have suggested that enough Omega 3 in your diet can help moisturise the surface of your nails.



Amy Brawn

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