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Why Fish is Good For Your Skin


Why Fish is Good For Your Skin

We’re often told to eat fish for good health. But why is fish so good for your skin?

Fish and fatty acids

To start with, fish is considered one of the world’s best sources of omega-3 fatty acids, and also contains omega-6. Dubbed ‘healthy fats’, these EFAs are known to reduce inflammation. And they can only be obtained through your diet.
Why does that make it good for your skin? Because inflammation can cause cells to block, causing acne, wrinkles, psoriasis and eczema. EFAs can also preserve collagen in the skin, so it looks and feels firmer and enhancing elasticity as you age.
Like avocadoes, oily fish is also packed with monounsaturated and polyunsaturated fats. These also give your body a dollop of essential fatty acids, to moisture the skin. Another bonus? They come with a free gift with purchase: vitamin E, which has been shown to protect the skin against harmful free radicals.
Some types of fish have more fatty acids than others. Salmon, tuna and mackerel are all great sources.

Selenium and the skin

Fish is also an excellent source of selenium, a potent antioxidant that supports your immune system. Getting enough selenium has also been linked with reduced skin cancer, sun spots, and other sun damage.
Nuts and eggs are rich in selenium, but so too is fish.

Zinc up your skin

The benefits just keep on coming. Fish also contains zinc, a mineral many people are deficient in (1.1 billion people around the world) – but which is essential to keeping the skin’s sebaceous glands working well. These glands make oil, which patch damage and keep your dermis soft and smooth.

Getting more fish in your diet

As you can see, fish is packed with properties that keep the skin healthy. Sticking to the recommended two to three serves of oily fish a week – and taking a fish oil supplement – can boost the look, feel, and function of your skin. But of course, fish also benefits the body and brain beyond the dermis.
Wondering how to get more fish in your diet? Chat with a dietician or nutritionist.

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