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Some Essential Fatty Acids Aid Healthy Skin

Posted: December 20, 2007

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And omega-3s help lower your risk of heart disease, stroke, and prostate cancer, as well as reduce symptoms of hypertension, ADHD, joint pain, and depression. They may even boost your immunity and forestall Alzheimer's disease. Those are some powerful body-boosting fats!

Choosing healthy fats for natural skin care
If you're ready to boost your body and skin with these smart fats, here's what you need to know: Most of us have diets woefully short on omega-3s and too rich in omega-6s. To boost body and skin, the idea is to keep these nutrients in balance, easier to do when you know their sources.

Omega-3s are found in:
* Salmon
* Mackerel
* Flax
* Safflower oil
* Walnuts
* Sardines
* Soy
* Fortified eggs

Omega-6s are generally found in:
* Baked goods
* Cooking oils
* Poultry
* Grains
 
A well-balanced diet contains proteins, carbohydrates, and these good-for-you fats. Healthy fats are vital to healthy bodies—and great skin!

SOURCES: University of Maryland Medical Center: "Omega-3 Fatty Acids." Health Guidance: "Treat Acne With Essential Fatty Acids." Cleveland Clinic Heart & Vascular Institute: Dictionary. WebMD Feature: "The ABCs of a Healthy Skin Diet," "Nutrients for Healthy Skin: Inside and Out," "Good Fat, Bad Fat: The Facts About Omega-3." WebMD Weight Loss Clinic - Expert Column: "Food for Men: 10 Foods to Boost Male Health."