Advantages of Fish Oil: Does it Help Aging Skin?

advantages of fish oil

A quality fish oil supplement provides many health advantages.

It’s guest post time! One supplement I take a lot of is fish oil. Not just any old fish oil will do. You must choose a high quality supplement your body can actually use.  Another thing to consider is the amount you need may be different than what someone else needs. A good tool to determine how much fish oil you should take is Bio Meridian Analysis. This is a non-invasive test which measures the energies in your meridians and can determine which vitamins and supplements you are lacking in.  Read this insightful article to discover the truth about fish oil and if it really can help with aging skin.

-Robin

Fish Oil and Aging Skin: The Real Truth

by Leah Seward

One widely held misconception with regard to wrinkles is the notion that fish oil, whether consumed from fatty fish or from supplements, without a doubt benefits wrinkles. Many sources will talk about the great wrinkle-reducing effects of fish oil which is rich in omega-3 fatty acids that are essential for body function. However, there really is not a whole lot of clinical evidence out there to validate these statements. As a result, it is important to take these suggestions with a grain of salt – eating a lot of oily fish or supplementing your diet with fish oil capsules likely will not make your wrinkles magically disappear.

 

Advantages of Fish Oil:  Decreases UV Damage

A study discussed by the Journal of Lipid Research indicated that fish oil supplements may be helpful in protecting against the UV damage that causes wrinkles and may therefore lead to a slightly reduced appearance of wrinkles. Moreover, according to a report on the website for the University of Maryland Medical Center, in a small clinical study involving 13 people with a skin disorder called photo dermatitis (sun sensitivity), fish oil supplementation seemed to help in decreasing the patients’ sensitivity to UV rays. But this was only a slight effect. The University of Maryland Medical Center notes that sunscreens protect the skin much better than do fish oils. So if you want to avoid wrinkles caused by sun damage, opt for daily application of a suitable sunscreen instead.

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Fish Oil Advantages: Anti-Inflammatory

But don’t go throwing away your fish oil capsules just yet. Despite the fact that science has not stated with certainty that fish oils demonstrate rejuvenating effects on the skin, it has been proven that fish oil aids body condition and function in many other ways. Fish oil’s main health benefit for the skin may be that it can calm skin inflammation. Livestrong.com claims that fish oil has been known to relieve symptoms of psoriasis, acne, eczema, and rosacea. It also may be helpful in eliminating or reducing dry and flaky skin. Don’t forget to leave your comment below…didn’t your mother tell you it was rude not to comment? ;-)

More Benefits of Fish Oil

The other proven health benefits of fish oils include decreasing cholesterol, aiding in inflammation, and reducing joint pain associated with arthritis. It is also good for heart health and the immune system. Here is some more information on the composition and benefits of fish oil and Omega-3 fatty acids from the Mayo Clinic.

Overall, the results of scientific research involving the skin benefits of fish oils, when ingested orally, is inconclusive. And that’s the real truth.

So when you are looking for new treatments or anti-wrinkle products to include in your skincare regimen, remember that fish oils may be beneficial for your skin (and the rest of your body) by providing essential omega-3 fatty acids. However, maintain realistic expectations regarding the effects that fish oils may have in terms of skin rejuvenation. If you have additional questions about whether fish oil supplements will work for you, be sure to consult your physician or dermatologist. He or she can provide advice tailored specifically to your needs and can help you choose the right skincare regimen for you.

About the author: Leah currently works as a Biomedical Engineer for Isis Biopolymer, a pioneer in skin rejuvenation technology. Isis Biopolymer recently released the Biobliss patchTM, a noninvasive transdermal patch that reduces the appearances of wrinkles and fine lines in just one hour. Leah conducts research for Isis Biopolymer and helped develop the Biobliss patchTM. She earned her Bachelor of Science degree in Human Biology from Brown University, graduating magna cum laude and with honors. Leah then went on to receive her Master of Science degree in Biology (Artificial Organs, Biomaterials, and Cellular Technology) from Brown University in 2010. In her spare time, Leah enjoys rooting for her favorite sports teams, the Patriots, Celtics, and Red Sox, and spending time with her family and friends.

Robin started her career as an educator of children and has now become an educator for adults everywhere who want to know the truth about what they put into their bodies through the skin. She is passionate about educating people to make better health and beauty choices.
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  • http://www.hairlosshell.com Jeni

    I take fish oil, but I’ve never noticed it helping with wrinkles (which actually is the reason I first bought it). I know it’s good for me, which is why I continue to take it.

  • http://www.toxicbeautyblog.com Robin Adler

    Exactly, Jeni! Even though the evidence is inconclusive as to whether fish oil helps with wrinkles, its really imperative to keep taking it for all the other enormous benefits. Glad you still take it! I take 6 a day! :-)

  • http://www.brain-smart.net/products/BrainSmart-Ultra-with-Cognicetam%252b.html Lia@brain vitamins

    Hi Robin

    ALthough the research is contradictory , the anecdotal evidence to the benefits of fish oil are overwhealming .Sometimes i suppose science takes time to catch up with public usage and knowledge .Afterall the benefits of St Johns Wort , which has been used for centuries to lift mood ,was only recognised by science in the 1980′s.Really like toxicbeauty .

    Lia from HK

  • http://www.toxicbeautyblog.com Robin Adler

    Hi Lia,

    By publishing this post, I am in no way denying the importance of fish oil. Just presenting an other viewpoint. The article does point out that even though fish oil has not been proven effective as an anti wrinkle remedy, it’s other health benefits are enormous. I am a HUGE fan of fish oil. Thanks for the comment!

    -Robin

  • http://buythebeltcheap.com/secrets-to-a-flat-stomach/ Susan M. Freeland

    Hi Robin,

    I am also a fan of fish oil. I don’t take any supplements or any multivitamins but I take fish oi instead. I have a read a lot of health benefits of fish oil especially the Omega 3 it contains. And what’s good about it is that my doctor even recommended me to take Fish oil even when I was pregnant,
    Thanks for sharing this article. I read new facts about fish oils, the more I am certain that its good for my health.

    Susan

  • http://www.mountainviewdermatology.com/ MVD

    I had no idea there were so many benefits. I should probably seriously consider making this a daily focus. Is it better to take supplements of better to eat a lot of fish like salmon?
    MVD´s last blog post ..Chemical Peels

  • http://www.toxicbeautyblog.com Robin Adler

    I don’t think it matters if you get your fish oil from supplements or actual fish. They always say try to get most of your nutrients from your food, but sometimes this is just not possible. You need to be careful to make sure your fish oil comes from a non polluted source, however. There are many brands out there which guarantee their fish oil is safe.

  • http://store.brain-smart.net/mood/ Marie@brainsmart mood

    Hi

    I have just been reading yest more contradictory research to the benefits of using fish oil and this is to be expected without clinical trials but i alos read that it takes 300 sharks to produce a single tonne of fish ol and this is a major factor to the decline of all shark species across the globe .It seems beauty does after all come at a price

    M