About 17 million people in the U.S. have acne1, and they're not all teenagers dealing with the perils of puberty. Whether you're helping a teen clear up his face or hoping to erase your own imperfections, studies link certain foods and nutrients to skin improvement.
Fish helps prevent signs of aging, such as wrinkles, fine lines and dry skin. Seafood is packed with micronutrients such as collagen, replacing dead cells and preventing skin inflammations, such as eczema and psoriasis.
- Inflammation can manifest in many different ways—including heart disease and unhealthy-looking skin. Many skin conditions have symptoms including redness or rawness, which are due to inflamed pores. Vegetable oils (especially cooked ones prevalent in fast food) and refined grains are high in omega-6 fatty acids. Opt instead, for foods rich in omega-3 fatty acids like Norwegian Salmon and Norwegian Steelhead Trout, which help to boost the body’s anti-inflammatory compounds.
- Several studies showing that babies who have consumed seafood during their first nine months have a lower risk of developing eczema.
- Fish also stimulates the production of collagen, which keeps our skin supple and moisturized. The vitamin E in fish helps maintain a healthy glow.
- The natural oils contained in seafood also helps protect against the damaging effects of UV rays, and the antioxidants in seafood combat the free radicals which kill skin cells, and provoke aging.
- Selenium is an essential mineral found in the body that fights damage from free radicals, including to the skin. One study found that selenium, paired with vitamin E, may improve acne. Norwegian Halibut is a great source of selenium.
Further information can be found at nih.gov and a4m.com
1. National Institutes of Health