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6 Intriguing Benefits of Omega-3 for Skin, Hair, and More

6 Intriguing Benefits of Omega-3 for Skin, Hair, and More

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There’s nothing fishy about these vegan omega-3 soft gels, which are sourced from DHA and EPA-rich algal oil.
Posted by Nutravita, 6th June 2021


Have You Only Got 30 Seconds to Spare?

No worries! Know this:

“Pretty much everybody’s diet is deficient in omega-3s. I think that’s why adding them back in seems to have so many health benefits. We’re just balancing out what’s normally there.” — David C. Leopold, MD, director of integrative medical education.

And this!

Studied health benefits of omega-3 fatty acids include maintaining brain function, promoting heart health, and protecting the skin.

Vegan Omega 3 with 600mg DHA & 300mg EPA — 60 Softgels

TABLE OF CONTENTS:

Science Section: Omega-3 Benefits for Skin, Hair, and Heart Health
➡️Insight #1 — Anti-Pimple Properties
➡️Insight #2 — Helping the Heart Stay Well
➡️Insight #3 — Essential for Eye Health
➡️Insight #4 — Possible Mood Booster
➡️Insight #5 — Shielding from Sun Exposure
➡️Insight #6 — The Potential for Hair Growth

For Vegans: Omega-3 Sources

Supplements: Where Can You Get Pure, High-Strength Omega-3?

FAQs
➡️Does Omega-3 Help Joints?
➡️Are There Any Benefits of Omega-3 for Kids?
➡️How Do Vegans Get Omega-3?


FULL ARTICLE

Science Section: Omega-3 Benefits for Skin, Hair, and More

Insight #1 — Anti-Pimple Properties

Pimples? Let’s talk about ‘em...

Most of us have had the experience of taking a morning glance in the mirror, only to find an angry red pimple staring back at us.

Nightmare! Why do they always seem to show up when there’s an important event in the next few days? Life can be mean, eh?

But the potential benefits of omega-3 for skin may offer a reason for cheer.

A 10-week study looked at whether supplementing with 2000 mg of omega-3s could ease the symptoms of mild to moderate acne.

The outcome of this study?

By the end of the 10 weeks, skin lesions (both inflammatory and non-inflammatory) were significantly reduced…

Even better, there were no adverse side effects, suggesting the omega-3 dosage is safe.


Did you know?

  • There are three main types of omega-3 fatty acids: alpha-linolenic acid (ALA), docosahexaenoic acid (DHA), and eicosapentaenoic acid (EPA).
  • DHA is widely regarded as the most vital type of omega-3. It’s crucial for brain development, heart health, and vision.

Insight #2 — Helping the Heart Stay Well

What makes a happy heart?

Some people say pleasantries like freshly cut grass, bubble baths, and Netflix nights in are the key…

And who knows, they could be right!

But what about the biological factors?

Blood markers such as cholesterol and triglycerides play a big role. This part’s where omega-3 comes in...

Supplements rich in EPA (one of the main types of omega-3) were found to lower triglycerides. These are lipid fats that can increase the risk of heart disease.

Meanwhile, those who are looking to increase their HDL — the healthy form of cholesterol — may want to consider supplementing with DHA.

Studies have found that algal oil-sources of DHA can bring a boost in HDL levels.

Insight #3 — Essential for Eye Health

DHA omega-3 is the optimum fatty acid for the development of the retina, which detects light coming into the eyes and turns it into nerve signals...

A rather important function, I’m sure you’ll agree!

So, if you’re keen to maintain your vision as you get older, make sure to get enough EPA and DHA.

Lower levels of these omega-3s have been associated with eye conditions, such as macular degeneration.

Insight #4 — Possible Mood Booster

Why might omega-3 help with mood?

It’s not completely understood just yet. But studies have highlighted a relationship between omega-3 intake and depression.

Over the last century, the average person’s omega-3 consumption has decreased. On the other hand, the incidence of depression may actually be increasing.

So what’s going on here?

Well, it’s a complicated one to figure out...

But scientists theorise that omega-3s anti-inflammatory and brain health benefits could protect against mood disorders.

Insight #5 — Shielding from Sun Exposure

The phrase “everything in moderation” comes to mind here. Too little sun exposure and you can end up with a vitamin D deficiency.

Too much?

It often leads to painful burns, and worse — an increased risk of cancer.

Clearly, getting the balance right is key...

But as for omega-3s?

Research has explored whether omega-3s protect against UV (ultraviolet) rays.

Exposure to too much UV light is harmful and causes sunburn.

In one study, participants who were given 4 grams of EPA per day experienced a reduction in sunburn sensitivity.


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Insight #6 — The Potential for Hair Growth

The benefits of omega-3 for hair health have yet to be established in great detail, as human studies remain limited. But that’s not to say there haven’t been some interesting pieces of research...

Case in point?

Fish oil extracts boosted hair growth in this scientific study. How?

The DHA in the extracts helped to increase production of DPC (dermal papilla cells).

These cells, located at the base of the hair follicles, are central in regulating hair growth.

For Vegans: Omega-3 Sources

“How can I get enough omega-3s if I don’t eat fish?”

That’s the question a lot of vegans worry about. So let’s answer it in simple terms!

While it’s true that oily fish like mackerel and salmon are the most omega-3 dense foods — both have over 4,000 mg per serving) — there are several alternatives...

For example?

Flaxseeds come in at 2,350 mg per serving. They’re great additions to breakfast smoothies or oatmeal.

Then you’ve got chia seeds, with a whopping 5,060 mg per serving. Yowza!

And the vegan sources of omega-3 don’t end there…

Here are a few others to add to your trolley:

  • Edamame beans
  • Hemp seeds
  • Kidney beans
  • Soybeans
  • Walnuts



  • Please bear in mind, though, that foods like soybeans are also high in omega-6.

    Consuming too much omega-6 is known to increase inflammation, which obviously is NOT what we want!

    If you’re worried about the omega-6 ratios in certain vegetables, nuts, or legumes, then taking a vegan omega-3 supplement may be the most practical option.


    LOOKING FOR VEGAN OPTIONS? Nutravita's Vegan Product Range


    Supplements: Where Can You Get Pure, High-Strength Omega-3?

    No matter whether your diet includes fish or not, there are several omega-3 supplements to choose from at Nutravita.

    For the sake of simplicity, we’ll narrow the list down to three products — all of which are GMO-free:

    1) Omega 3 2000mg Pure Fish Oil — 240 Soft Gels



    Key features:

    • Naturally-sourced from rich waters off the Peruvian Coast
    • Distilled for increased purity by removing metals, PCBs, and other toxins
    • 660mg of EPA & 440mg of DHA


    Directions:

    • Take x2 soft gels daily — anytime, ideally with a meal

    2) Omega 3 High Strength 1400mg — 90 Soft Gels



    Key features:

    • Naturally-sourced from rich waters off the Peruvian Coast
    • Distilled for increased purity to deliver the highest levels of contaminant-free Omega 3 fatty acids
    • Shells made with gelatine from fish, whereas many brands use bovine gelatine
    • Maximum strength: 1000mg of EPA & 400mg of DHA


    Directions:

    • Take x2 soft gels daily with a full glass of water

    3) Vegan Omega 3 with 600mg DHA & 300mg EPA — 60 Soft Gels



    Key features:

    • 100% plant-based and vegan friendly
    • Formed from a marine algae source rich in EPA and DHA
    • Solvent-free and derived from a sustainable, plant-based source, meaning there is no negative impact on the marine ecosystem and fish resources


    Directions:

    • Take x2 vegan soft gels daily with a full glass of water

    Your thoughts? 💭

    The pros of topping up your omega-3 levels make for a rather long list!

    Although today’s piece has shown a few key potential benefits of omega-3 for skin, hair, and brain health, the potential advantages don’t end there…

    But we’ll have to come back to those another day, as we don’t want this article to be ridiculously long. You’ve got things to do, after all!

    For now though, if you do want to get an omega-3 boost, here’s what’s available on the Nutravita store:

    Oh, and please feel free to email the Nutravita team if you have any questions about which type of omega-3 to choose.

    We look forward to hearing from you 🙂

    To healthier days, Nutravita


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    FAQs

  • Does Omega-3 Help Joints?

  • If you’re suffering from joint pain or discomfort, then trying an omega-3 supplement seems to be a logical choice. Why so?

    Inflammation is the main cause of joint pain. And omega-3 fatty acids help the body make chemicals that lower inflammation.

  • Are There Any Benefits of Omega-3 for Kids?

  • Evidence suggests that, yes, there are many benefits of omega-3 for kids. As an essential fatty acid in the body, omega-3 nourishes the brain and supports the production of new cells — both of which are vital for growing children.

    According to the Academy of Nutrition and Dietetics, the recommended omega-3 intake for kids is as follows:

  • 0 to 12 months: 0.5 grams/day
  • 1 to 3 years: 0.7 grams/day
  • 4 to 8 years: 0.9 grams/day
  • 9 to 13 years: 1.2 grams/day for boys, 1.0 grams/day for girls
  • 14 to 18 years: 1.6 grams/day for boys, 1.1 grams/day for girls
  • How Do Vegans Get Omega-3?

  • Seeing as the most common source is fish oil, it can be difficult for vegans to get enough. Nuts and seeds offer a decent alternative. For example, chia seeds, flaxseeds, and walnuts. But the easiest option?

    Vegan omega-3 supplements that feature non-animal sources of omega-3, such as marine plant oils.

    P.S. Do you know anyone else who might like to read about the benefits of omega-3s? Please share this article using the buttons at the top of this page. Many thanks!


    Co-written by Declan Davey

    Declan is a Health Copywriter with a professional background as an NHS therapist. His previous roles include work with mental health services and disability charities in London, UK.


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