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Protect your skin from the sun with something fishy

by , 21 November 2013

While you slather your skin with sunblock this summer, know there's an additional powerful UV blocker hiding in your health shop aisles - in the form of omega-3 fatty acids.

Omega-3 fatty acids found in foods such as salmon, tuna and halibut, prove to increase your skin's ability to protect itself against UV damage.

Research suggests these compounds can help protect cells from free radical damage, such as that caused by the sun. Another study found adding omega-3 to your diet, or taking an omega-3 supplement, may help prevent some types of skin cancer.
 
Omega-3 fatty acids can protect skin from UV rays
 
Research indicates omega-3 fatty acids can protect your skin from the inflammatory response caused after being in the sun. These fishy nutrients can reduce the risk of non-melanoma skin cancer.
 
In a study, 79 volunteers were given 4mg omega-3 fatty acids or a placebo and then exposed to the equivalent of midday summer sun via a light machine.
 
Fish oil actually doubled the protection of the immune system compared to the placebo.
 
In another clinical study, 13 people with sun sensitivity known as photo dermatitis showed less sensitivity to UV rays after taking fish oil supplements.
 
More skin saving benefits…
 
Add a few more servings of oily fish to your diet even if you’re not out in the sun. Omega-3 fatty acids – and particularly eicosapentaenoic acid (EPA) are essential for healthy skin.
 
The fatty acids not only protect against sun damage, they help repair damaged cells. EPA can help prevent the release of enzymes that destroy collagen, warding off sagging skin and wrinkles.
 
As omega-3s have anti-inflammatory properties they also help relieve skin conditions like rosacea, psoriasis and eczema.
 
Add these sun-friendly foods to your grocery list and protect your skin this summer. Remember to use sun block too.
 
 
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Looking to add new foods to your meals that contain more vitamins, minerals and antioxidants
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Over your ideal weight and want to find a super healthy way to lose those extra kilo’s
 
 

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