Omega 3 Fatty Acids are polyunsaturated fatty acids. These fatty acids are found commonly in both plant and animal oils. The common sources of Omega 3 are Marine algae and phytoplankton. Another type of Omega 3 fatty acids called, alpha-linolenic acid is found in walnuts, edible seeds, and flaxseed oil.
Fish oil is considered to be the biggest source of omega 3 Fatty acids, Chicken eggs, and squid oils are also considered to be good sources. (1)
Omega 3 is crucial for the normal metabolism of the body, that’s why as people age and their metabolism is reduced they are usually given supplements of fish oil to aid in their metabolism.
The supplements that provide Omega 3 such as fish and walnuts provide nutrients that help in repairing damaged skin cells. What it essentially does is that it repairs the membrane of these damaged skin cells and thus works on making the skin better from the inside. This not only makes your skin good looking but also makes it healthier, in terms that your skin will now be more resilient against internal and external factors.(2)
Although this not the only use of Omega 3 fatty acids. Research has shown that Omega 3 also helps in reducing the causes of aging. It helps reduce the inflammatory compounds that are produced in the body and that are responsible for making the skin look old and unhealthy, thus keeping it revitalized and healthy.
The anti-inflammatory properties of Omega-3 fatty acids help in reducing redness, irritation on the skin. This thus reduces your skins tendency to encounter common inflammations such as acne, whiteheads, blackheads and other such issues. There are other skin issues as well that omega -3 helps in. For example atopic dermatitis, or Eczema and psoriasis.
The anti-inflammatory properties are those that help in these skin conditions. Along with this as I mentioned earlier that Omega 3 fatty acids help in metabolism, which means they also play an important role in hormonal balance. A most of the skin conditions mentioned above are aggravated due to dry skin, the oil balance provided by Omega-3 can be of help.
Omega-3 also helps in revitalizing the skin. As we know the natural oils that are skin contains and secrets is necessary to moisturize our skin to keep it soft and glowing. For people with Dry skin, Omega-3 can help in providing the same kind of moisturizing effect as it is made of fatty acids and oils, this can thus reduce dryness as well.(3)
Another benefit can be for those who have sensitive skin. A few of us have skin that is incredibly sensitive to the harmful UV rays of the sun. This might be due to genetics, or if you’ve undergone other kinds of skin treatment before, like chemical peeling or laser treatment.
These skin treatments tend to make your skin sensitive to the Sun, a study has thus shown that on taking fish oil supplements, you sensitivity could reduce. That, however, does not mean that you can stop using sunscreen, that’s a must!
Even Though omega-3 is made up of fatty acids, doesn’t mean it can’t be used on oily skin. Oily skin only happens when there is a high production of Sebum on your skin. Sebum is the oily waxy fluid secreted by the sebaceous glands under your skin.
Sebum in itself does not do your skin any kind of harm. In fact, your skin needs sebum to stay moisturized and healthy. The only time it causes trouble is when there is an excess production of sebum. This clogs up your pores with dirt and dead skin cells. (4)
One of the causes for excess production of sebum can be a hormonal imbalance. What omega-3 essentially does is help in balancing your hormones, thus even giving you an oil balance. This helps in balancing the oil content in your skin while making sure it doesn’t dry it out.
It reduces the level of cortisol hormones which is known to be a stress hormone that causes excess sebum production as well. This is also why omega-3 is known to reduce the levels of anxiety and make you feel good.
The only risk factor associated with Omega-3 levels in your body is that an excess of this can lead to heart diseases as it reflects on your dietary intake which can be harmful if it all consists of fatty food.
Which foods are Omega 3’s found in?
Omega 3’s are found in walnuts, flaxseed oil, fish, fish oil, squid oil, and chicken eggs.
What do Omega 3’s do for the Skin?
Omega 3’s help in reducing the compounds that cause inflammation in your skin. It thus prevents aging. It also helps in revitalizing the skin and keeping it moisturized.
What do Omega 3’s do for the Hair?
As omega 3 reduces the inflammatory responses in your skin. It improves blood circulation and provides nourishment for your hair. It hence encourages hair growth as well.
Do Omega 3’s help gain weight (Why or why not?)
Omega 3’s do not affect your weight. It does not help you reduce or gain weight. In this particular section, there hasn’t been enough research done, to show any evidence.
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