How to Protect Your Skin and Hair by Taking Fatty Acids


The Western world has become obsessed with looks and body image, and unfortunately most of us cannot help buying into this obsession to some extent. But with so many of us on low-fat diets, and not eating enough healthy, EFA-rich oils, the problem of dry, lacklustre, wrinkled skin has become a common Western obsession. This is because when your body is deficient in HUFAs, it first shows in your skin and hair, which also explains why one of the accompanying effects of depression is that you begin to look less healthy. Your skin loses its glow, your hair becomes dull.

We all want to look our best, and have glowing skin and healthy, shiny hair, and the cosmetics industry is quite sensibly making a fortune from this insecurity about our complex¬≠ions, touting ‘miracle’ creams which often cost the earth, or interference from Botox or collagen injections. But a much cheaper and more successful skin treatment than those offered by the cosmetics industry is attacking the problem from the inside, because it has been shown in research trials that EFAs, particularly the omega-6 fatty acids, such as GLA found in evening primrose oil (EPO), have beneficial effects on both skin and hair.

Fatty Acids

Taking a high EPA supplement daily and increasing the healthy oils in your diet will make your skin less dry and flaky and give it a youthful glow. You will be delighted by the difference boosting your essential fatty acid levels has on your complexion. It will also remove any dandruff prob­lems, leaving your hair strong and more shiny. Psoriasis, which is a skin condition where the skin cells over-produce leading to itching and scaliness, has also been shown to respond well to omega-3 fish oil supplements. EFAs improve skin and hair quality by increasing the normal oils that make the skin soft and smooth, reducing moisture loss from the skin and keeping the outer layer of skin.

Fatty acids play a vital role in how well we see. The retina -the layer of light-sensitive cells at the back of the eye – has the highest percentage of DHA of any organ in the body. Studies show that supplementing with omega-3 EFAs can maintain healthy vision, protect against macular degenerative disease (MDD) – the most common cause of blindness in old people – and also improve night vision. As old people are one of the groups more susceptible to depressive illness, and because degenerating vision can be a trigger for isolation and depression, here is another reason to increase your intake of essential fatty acids.

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About the Author: Andrew Reinert is a health care professional who loves to share different tips on health and personal care. He is a regular contributor to MegaHowTo and lives in Canada.

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