As we age, our skin tends to dry out. But could dry skin be the sign of something serious? It could if you aren’t getting enough of the right fats. Omega-3 and omega-6 essential fatty acids are the two types of fatty acids not made in the body and therefore need to be obtained through dietary sources. They are abundant in fish and fish oils, vegetable oils and nuts and seeds. Deficiencies in one or both of these EFA’s can lead to a host of physical and mental complications.
The first and most telling sites on the body indicating an EFA deficiency are perhaps the skin, nails and hair. This is because of the role that EFA’s play in maintaining healthy skin and cell membranes. As in the case study of Dr. Perricone’s patient in The Perricone Prescription, skin may become excessively dry and scaly in combination with an itchy rash. In addition, buildup of dead skin around the hair follicles can create small bumps. Also, fingernails grow slowly, appear dull and become soft and brittle, cracking and breaking easily. Hair also loses its luster, becoming brittle, dry and growing slowly.
If you notice any of these signs, consider incorporating an Omega 3 fish oil supplement daily. Numerous studies have demonstrated that adding a high quality Omega 3 supplement will support healthy nails, skin, hair, heart as well as energy and mood.
What are your sources of Omega-3’s & 6’s?