Nature's Top Skin Saver

Who wouldn't want glowing skin, less stress, and a healthy heart? Fish oil is the richest source of nutrients and omega-3 fatty acids essential for these and other aspects of well-being.But according to a recent study published in the Canadian Medical Association Journal, the typical Western diet contains a mere 15 percent of the optimum amount of omega-3 fatty acids, or the equivalent of eating fish only once every 10 days. Fish oil supplements offer insurance against a shortfall. Fish oil contains two key omega-3 fatty acids: EPA (eicosapentaenoic acid) and DHA (docosahexaenoic acid). Although both nutrients are equally vital for good health, EPA is die key anti-inflammatory component, while DHA is vital for healthy brain function at all ages and development of a healthy fetus and child. EPA and DHA are classified as essential nutrients because our bodies don't make them, so diet is our only source. Face-Lift in a Pill? Nicholas Pemcone, MD, views fish oil supplements as the closest thing to "a face-lift in a pill," because they keep skin hydrated and supple, and reduce inflammation. Science agrees. Twenty years ago, research published in the Journal of the American Academy of Dermatology concluded that fish oil showed promise as a tool against skin diseases, and studies since then have concurred. For example:
A study of 42 people, published in Carcinogenesis, found that the EPA in fish oil reduced sunburn, helping to fight the aging effects of sun exposure.   In a study of 15 people, published in the Journal of Investigative Dermatology, fish oil reduced sun sensitivity and sun-triggered free radical damage.   A 10-day study of 20 people hospitalized for severe psoriasis found that a combination of EPA and DHA, intravenously, produced "a rapid beneficial effect on inflammatory skin lesions," with noticeable improvement within four to seven days. The study was published in The Clinical Investigator.   A study of 145 people with dermatitis, published in the British Journal of Dermatology, found that fish oil resulted in a 30 percent improvement during a four-month period. Shopping Guide EPA and DHA do not make up 100 percent of fish oil. Look at the Supplement Facts panel on product labels for specific amounts of these ingredients in a given product. For health inside and out: Adults need 1,000 mg daily of a combination of EPA and DHA. As a rule of thumb, take 1-3 g of fish oil per day with meals. Children need 15 mg of an EPA-DHA combination per pound of body weight. For pregnant women, fish oils with higher levels of DHA are available.

Product Examples

  • Health from the Sun's Total EFA: Contains highly concentrated 30/ 20 EPA/DHA, molecularly-distilled tested pure fish oil.


  • Natrol's Extreme Omega Fish oil: A daily serving provides 2,000 mg of purified fish oil to help support optimal health.


  • Nordic Naturals' Ultimate Omega: This purified deep-sea fish oil from anchovies and sardines contains no PCBs or heavy metals.

Source: Better Nutrition. Provided by ProQuest Information and Learning. Powered by Yellowbrix.


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