Omegas V. Skin Disorder
Your Skin's Greatest Champion
Omegas are a great dietary or supplement choice for people who want to keep their skin youthful looking. But did you know that they are also may alleviate some chronic or associational skin conditions? Here's the skinny on omega fatty acids.
Why omegas are essential?
Just how essential to skin health are the so-called essential fatty acids? Nearly 100 years ago, researchers put rats on a no-fat diet. Among other health problems, the rats developed skin abnormalities and transpidermal water loss. Reintroducing saturated fats did not reserve the skin damage, but when the rats were fed polyunsaturated fatty acids - omega 3s and 6s - then skin issues completely cleared up. The essential fatty acids can't be made in the body, so we need to get them through food or supplement.
How Omega works
Omega-6 fatty acids, found in foods including meat, safflower oil, evening primrose oil, and borage oil, contribute to the skin's structural integrity and its barrier function. Omega 3-fatty acids, found in foods including fatty fish (salmon, tuna), walnuts, canola oil and flaxseed, contribute to immune function. Both omega 3 and 6 can control inflammatory skin responses.
You can get omegas through the food you eat, as dietary supplements, and as topical supplements that you apply directly to your skin. Both 3s and 6s are critical to keeping your skin healthy and looking its best.