Thursday, September 26, 2013

The Science Behind Beauty: Is Fish Oil Really Good For Your Skin?

Hey everyone!
Time for my weekly The Science Behind Beauty post! This one is different from my previous two (which I'll link here and here) in the fact that this revolves around a question rather than some facts. So there has been a little bit of information swimming around saying how fish oil is amazing for you skin, but is this actually true? Let's find out. 
First, let's get started with the types of oil. There are saturated fats, which are solid and are "animal fats" like the ones found in humans, cows, or others. There are also unsaturated fats, which are usually liquid and are found in cold blooded animals like fish where saturated fats won't be good. There are also trans fats, which are bad for you because they have bonds not naturally found in nature. Fish oil, also known as Omega 3 Fatty Acids, are unsaturated fats. Also, in your cells, you use fats that you ingest to repair cell walls so if you eat lots of trans fats, you will use trans fats in your cells, which is not natural and is not good because it makes the usually fluid/mobile cell membrane harder. If you take fish oil supplements, you will instead replace old cells with good fats like omega 3s and it will be better for you. 
Is fish oil good for your skin? Absolutely! It is amazing for your brain (there are cells in there too!) and your skin as well. Is fish oil the only good oil for your skin? Absolutely not! If you are a vegetarian or fish oil isn't working for you, you can take flax seed oil to get the same omega 3s. Also, there are other oils like corn (omega 6) and olive (omega 9) that are amazing, you just get these enough in your diet so supplements are not necessary.
So I hope this helped your understanding of fish oil! If you have any more questions, please feel free to ask them in the comments or email me with them! Also, leave your suggestions for future TSBB posts in the comments as well!
-Sisi

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