Advantages of Fish Oil: Does it Help Aging Skin?
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.
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.
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.
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