“Essential Fatty Acids (EFAs).
“The long-chain Omega-3 fatty acids EPA and DHA are the duo particularly values for their contribution to vitality and good health.
EPA and DHA are components that keep cold-water fish-cell membranes elastic and flexible, even in sub-zero temperatures.
If your skin is dry, prone to inflammation, and frequently dotted with white heads and black heads, you
may be lacking essential fatty acids, nutrients that are crucial to the production of skin's natural oil
barrier. Without an adequate supply of EPAs, the skin produces a more irritating form of sebum, or oil,
which can result in problems.
Research shows that Omega 3 fatty acids reduce inflammation and may help lower risk of chronic diseases such as:
heart disease, cancer and arthritis.
It is also important for cognitive (brain memory and performance) and behavioural function.
The solution, say skin experts, may be to balance two of the key EPAs, omega-3 and omega-6.
While most people get plenty of omega-6s (in baked goods, cooking oils, poultry, grains, and many other foods),
omega 3’s are often lacking. They're found mostly in cold-water fish, including salmon, sardines, and
mackerel, flaxseed, and flax and safflower oils.
By taking Omega 3 softgels everyday, will keep your skin smoother and younger-looking.”
Symptoms of a Omega 3 deficiency :
Fatigue, poor memory, dry skin, heart problems, mood swings or depression and poor circulation.”
EFA’s And The Skin To Prevent Stretch Marks
Essential Fatty Acids (EFAs) can be broken down into two dietary categories; Omega 3 and Omega 6.
As a society, we ingest too much Omega 6 (which is usually from any food or commercial grocery item that has hydrogenated oil in it) and not enough Omega 3. The skin metabolizes fatty acids.
If you are not feeding your body what it needs, your skin will not be pliable, allowing for a little or a lot of expansion. Your body is on a hierarchy system. It sees that the internal functioning of your body is more important than your skin. The times you do eat enough Omega 3’s, your body redirects that to the organs (like the brain) that need the EFAs to function.
To your body, your skin is not as much of a priority as your brain. Your skin will begin to show signs of depletion (dry or non-dewy skin is a good indicator). The key to preventing stretch marks is to prevent the depletion. EFA’s help to reduce inflammation. When you are talking about preventing stretch marks, this is important.
People usually gain stretch marks through a growing spurt, rapid weight gain or muscle growth, or pregnancy. When the skin goes through a quick change, this area is stressed. Inflammation is your body’s way of healing itself. But keeping the skin pliable so it can bend and grow with ease as well as keeping the inflammation under control will prevent stretch marks.