We all know that essential fatty acids are important for healthy, youthful skin. As a refresher, essential fatty acids are the “good fats” that help to make cell walls strong so that they can hold moisture in for firm, wrinkle-free, smooth skin. While you can supplement the impact of essential fatty acids with a healthy topical skin care regimen, you also need to support the Inclusive Health® component of your skin care and health regimen by eating a healthy skin diet rich in essential fatty acids. To help you on your way, here is a list of the top foods that can help to ensure that you’re getting enough essential fatty acids for the best skin (and body) possible.
Get Nutty: Nuts and Seeds are High in Essential Fatty Acids
According to the Linus Pauling Institute Micronutrient Information Center, a 1-oz. serving of sunflower seeds or pine nuts provides more than 9 grams of the Omega-3 Fatty Acid Alpha-Linolenic Acid, and brazil nuts and pecans provide about 6 grams. Walnuts contain the Omega-6 Fatty Acid Linoleic Acid and also contain approximately 2.6 grams of Alpha-Linolenic Acid per 1-oz serving (using English Walnuts as the test). Not only do nuts provide the Essential Fatty Acids that you need as part of any anti-aging skin care regimen, they also provide a great healthy snack food alternative that keeps your body healthy while not adding to weight or cholesterol problems. When looking for a great source of Essential Fatty Acids, turn to nuts.
Flaxseed Oil: The Essential Fatty Acid Go-To
The Mayo Clinic reports that flaxseed oil provides a whopping 7.3 grams of Alpha-Linolenic Acid per tablespoon and that a tablespoon of pure flaxseed has one hundred percent of the daily recommended value for Alpha-Linolenic Acid (1.6 grams). If you’re choosing between the higher concentration of flaxseed oil and pure flaxseed though, you may want to keep in mind that flaxseed oil doesn’t contain dietary fiber and Lingans which are key for healthy digestive tracks. Flaxseed itself does. If you’re looking for pure flaxseed, opt for ground flaxseed. It’s easier for your body to absorb nutrients from ground seeds.
Delicious Fish: Opt for the Fatty Ones
Get out the grill, the pan or the baking dish and fall in love with fish. Not just any fish, though. Fatty fish types contain nutrients that you’ll need and want for what’s known as Long-Chain Omega-3 Fatty Acids (or, in scientific terms Docosahexaenoic acid, or DHA, and Eicosapentaenoic acid, or EPA). The Essential Fatty Acids that convert into these Long-Chain Omega-3 Acids can be found in fatty fish and shellfish. Excellent sources include herring, oysters, sardines, trout, crab, tuna and everybody’s delicious favorite salmon. If you think that you don’t love fish or didn’t while you were younger, now might be a good time to try again. Your body tends to crave what it needs for health, and as we age and need more Omega-3 Essential Fatty Acids, our body learns to crave the taste of fish more.
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Vegetable Oil, Vegetable Oil, Vegetable Oil
Put down the butter and substitute walnut, canola, soybean or mustard oil! Not only are these alternatives better for your overall health and, particularly, your cholesterol levels, but they provide 0.8 to 1.4 grams of Alpha-Linolenic Acid per serving (source: Linus Pauling Institute Micronutrient Information Center). You can also get Linolenic Acid from safflower oil (10.1 grams per serving), sunflower, soybean or corn oil (6.9-8.9 grams per serving) or sesame oil (5.6 grams per serving). There are many reasons to avoid saturated fats like butter, palm oil or coconut oil. Healthy skin is just one of them!
While great anti-aging skin care products reduce the appearance of wrinkles and give you smoother skin, truly healthy skin begins from the inside out. Make sure that your diet is rich in age-fighting Essential Fatty Acids by making sure to incorporate the foods above into your diet. Not only will your skin look better, but you’ll also feel better.