The condition of a person’s skin is one of the clearest indicators of their health. Either overly dry or oily skin, acne, wrinkles are all signs of poor health. Such subprime health can be brought by poor diet and not getting enough nutrients for healthy skin.

Oxidative stress and inflammation are the most important reasons why we get problems like eczema, psoriasis, wrinkles, and more. Oxidative stress is caused by the action of free radicals in our body. These free radicals tend to cause cellular damage. If left unchecked for along time, this could lead to several dermatological problems. Chronic inflammation is one of the main causes of dermatological problems like psoriasis. It affects the skin’s ability to regenerate from prolonged exposure to the sun. As a result, the skin gets damaged by high ultraviolet radiation and starts developing age spots as well.

Many people turn to mainstream skin care products like lotions, soaps, scrubs, and toners to treat skin problems. While this seems like a sensible approach, it can be overly costly with limited effectiveness, not to mention these products can be ridden with unnecessary chemicals. What we need instead are the right nutrients for healthy skin, including omega 3 fish oil.

When we supplement our diet with omega 3 fish oil, we can help our body repair dry, damaged skin, replenish moisture and increase skin flexibility, naturally. Also, if we suffer from excessive pimples, our skin can benefit from fatty acids like omega 3s.

The body does not produce omega 3 fatty acids naturally, so these essential nutrients for healthy skin must be obtained through a proper diet. Eating broiled or baked fish like herring, mackerel, salmon, sardines, trout is a great way to eat our way to healthier skin. Of course taking fish oil supplements are also a very effective way in giving us the nutrients we need for healthy skin. Studies have shown that fish oil supplements contain omega 3 fatty acids like DHA (docosahexaenoic acid), EPA (eicosapentaenoic acid) and DPA (docosapentaenoic acid). These fatty acids are known for their therapeutic effects. They have antioxidant, anti-inflammatory, and neuroprotective properties and can prevent number of health problems, including dermatological disorders.

American diets are typically rich in omega 6 fatty acids, which are present in baked goods and grains. However our diets tend to lack omega 3 fatty acids found in the above-mentioned fish, flaxseed and safflower oil. Simply eating more omega 3s to balance our diet we will experience smoother, softer skin.

Dr. Howard Peiper, N.D., nominated for a Pulitzer Prize, has written several best-selling books, including “The Secrets of Staying Young”. His website is:

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