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Eliminate dry skin this winter by adding fatty acids to your diet

by , 23 April 2013

Horribly dry skin is a common feature for many people during winter. In many cases, it's because lotions only work for a little while and then the effect fades. Read on to discover how fatty acids can help you get rid of dry skin this winter.

If you have dry skin, there are ways to make it smooth and supple that cost next to nothing.

In fact, the solution to dry skin lies in adding more essential fatty acids to your diet and supplement programmes.

Add more fatty acids to your diet to eliminate dry skin

“Essential-fatty-acid (EFA) supplementation for adult skin health starts with a balance of omega-3 and omega-6 fatty acids. The best single oil for this purpose presently available is flaxseed oil; however, there are many balanced blends of omega-3/omega-6 EFAs also available,” says Dr Jonathan Wright of Nutrition and Healing.

There are many health benefits of Omega-3s. Since they’re considered essential fatty acids, they also play an important role in reducing inflammation throughout the body, in the blood vessels and joints.

How much should you use?

Quantities can vary from 1 to 2 tablespoons daily.

“To figure out whether your dry skin is due to a higher requirement for EFAs, it’s wise to start by taking 2 tablespoons daily and observing any changes over six to eight weeks,” says Dr Wright. After that time, if your skin is less dry, you can adjust the quantity accordingly.

Dr Wright also recommends that essential-fatty-acid supplements should always be accompanied by vitamin E in the form of mixed tocopherols, 400-800IU daily.

There you have it: Adding more essential fatty acids to your diet and supplement programmes can help you eliminate dry skin this winter.

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