FISH TALES: How is FISH OIL good for hair and skin?
Ask a woman, young or old, one dream that she wants to fulfill, ASAP! Our guess would probably gravitate towards possessing beautiful, flawless, blemish-free skin and voluminous, lustrous hair. How many of us would have probably consulted a dermatologist for these first world woes? In the process of cosmetic treatments and popping pills, they would have given most of us a secular suggestion, just like our general physicians- to incorporate fish in our diets. Believe it or not, our Mother Earth and ecosystem have all answers to our troubles, as long as we use them efficiently.
Think about it, while we may crack jokes of our East Indian friends for being fish lovers, aren’t we also a tad bit envious of their amazing complexion or luminescent hair? And, yes, while we may try a plethora of remedies for our skin and hair health, don’t we often resist consuming any forms of fish, especially if we are vegetarians or vegans.
HOW IS FISH ADVANTAGEOUS TO OUR GENERAL HEALTH?
Lassies, while we do focus on these aesthetic pleasures, but let’s not forget that our bodily functions are all interconnected. We’ve long known that oily fish like salmon, herring and tuna are rich in dietary supplements, with large nutritive values. Calling out to all our Gilmore Girls fans; don’t y’all remember the dynamic Emily Gilmore feed her beloved husband fish for breakfast, lunch and dinner after his heart attack, till he was sick of it, quite literally?
Known for its Omega 3 and Omega 6 fatty acids, along with emitting good cholesterol and lowering blood pressure, a diet rich in fish helps the heart become stronger. Apart from this, consuming any form of fish even helps in dealing with asthma, improves your eye-sight, aids you in weight loss and reduces the risk of developing arthritis.
Furthermore, you’d be surprised to know that fish supplements, especially fish oil can help in alleviating several mental disorders. From depressive symptoms to ADHD in children, and even reducing the risk of mental decline with age, it’s the OMEGA-3 that helps to restore the much needed balance.
IN WHAT FORMS CAN FISH BE CONSUMED?
Now, now! We all know the manifold benefits and powers vested in these majestic marine creatures. According to experts, if we are planning to get our culinary caps on, we can cook from a variety of fish, ranging from trout, sardines, salmon, pilchards, kippers, eels, whitebait, mackerel, herring and tuna. Rich in Vitamins B6, B12, and D, they are also an excellent source of proteins, just like eggs.
Besides consuming fish, another alternative also lies in taking fish supplements in the form of capsules or the highly raved about fish oil. The latter can be gathered from both, fish caught as food for the humans or the smaller breed, which are meant to feed the animals. As a note of caution, we must not forget about the high levels of pollution or sewage that we pump into the seawater. It’s a known fact that due to the cavalier attitude of mankind over the last century, our marine ecosystem is endangered, and a lot of their species are intoxicated with mercury. And, just like the saying suggests, ‘what goes around, comes around’; many people have been suffering from mercury poisoning. We suggest that pregnant women should stay at bay since it causes detrimental effects to her and the unborn child.
IS FISH OIL THE ELIXIR FOR OUR SKIN AND HAIR HEALTH?
Yes, darlings, we know you’ve been waiting for this moment with bated breaths. And, very soon we’re going to break the suspense and unravel this rather fishy mystery for you all. Highly recommended, fish oil is a dietary supplement that is extracted from certain kinds of tissues of oily fish. Its most vital components, namely, docosahexaenoic acid (DHA), omega-3 fatty acids and eicosapentaenoic acid (EPA) serve as tremendous boosts to our immunity whilst ensuring the well-being of our hair and skin.
Are you suffering from hair fall, hair thinning alongwith losing its vitality? Or, do you feel your skin is just not your best friend at the moment? From hyperpigmentation to roughness or breakouts, fish oil truly works wonders. Helping with an array of symptoms ranging from hair thinning to losing its shine, or hyperpigmentation or roughness in the skin, fish oil truly is a concoction worthy of trying.
If we’ve piqued your interest, read on to unravel this hype and learn about its efficacy.
1.Reduces Inflammation: We’re all well aware that fish oil helps in reducing any sorts of inflammation through its production of cytokines, which helps to maintain a good gut health. Who hasn’t heard their wise elders drawing a connection between our digestive tract and our skin woes?
2. Delays skin-ageing: Perhaps, resonating with a lot of us, fish oil helps to retain the moisture and the hydration of our skin, thereby protecting our collagen production, thereby maintaining its elasticity and the soft texture of our skin. Through its hydrating lipids, it makes our skin look physically plump and wholesome that helps in inhibiting any signs of ageing and gives us the much revered youthful glow.
3. Helps in Healing Psoriasis:The terrors of the severe dry skin condition called psoriasis are well known. Touted as the building blocks of our bodies, the omega-3 fatty acids help to improve our hydrating capacity, thus, enabling the barrier function of our skins. Controlling the sebum production, it locks the moisture in whilst dealing with redness, itchy or irritated skin. Solving the problem of open pores, it also prevents breakouts or acne that is developed due to any toxic adherents. Furthermore, the application of fish oil on areas affected by psoriasis or atopic dermatitis helps to soothe and calm the inflamed surface.
4. Helps avoid sun damage: Going back to our sixth-grade classrooms, the present global warming and the harmful effects of the UVB and UVA rays of the sun can cause a wide array of conditions ranging from sunburns, tanning to even more graver skin cancers such as the melanoma. The constituents present in fish oil helps to reduce our skin’s sensitivity towards sunlight while guarding it against long-lasting photo damage.
5. Accelerates wound healing: You heard that right ladies! Restoring skin to the pre-scarred era, the omega-3 fatty acids, whether applied intravenously or topically helps to quicken the healing process.
6. Boosts hair growth: Just like cod liver oil, fish oil is a form of healthy fat that helps to replenish and condition the dry and flaky scalps from within. This leads to making brittle and breakable hair stronger from its roots, which in turn increases our hair growth while allowing us to flaunt a shiny and thicker mane.
7. Opens up the hair follicles: Oftentimes our hair fails to receive adequate oxygen and blood circulation to maintain its regenerative process. Fish oil provides the necessary nutrients to our hair while increasing blood flow as well as oxygen required for our hair growth. It in turn decreases the hair fall and hair thinning as an added bonus, while clearing the hair follicles and reducing dandruff.
8. Restores strength and shine to our weakened hair: Fatty acid deprivation can lead to hair colour changes or hair loss. That along with the increased amount of heat and styling products we use on our hair, we may be setting ourselves up for serious damage. Lack-lustre in quality, our hair doesn’t seem as healthy and appealing as before. However, before you lose hope beauties, an amalgamation of good hair care products along with fish oil supplements can help balance it all out.
9. The Stress Paradigm: Lastly, it is a well-known fact that distress shows up externally on our bodies. As our immune system is compromised, we are more prone to skin and hair conditions such as acne or pimples and excessive hair fall – you would have probably noticed it before an exam. While our energies are directed to remove the stress, our skins and hair cannot avail of the nutrients that they deserve. Fish oil, in turn, can help maintain this harmony between stress and bodies, since it even helps alleviates stress and anxiety symptoms, due to its serotonin secretion. Time to breathe and live, folks.
Well, well! It is recommended that you consume fish items twice a week or take your supplements daily. But, are you a vegetarian or a vegan, and worried about your protein supplements? Don’t fret lovelies, since we have a few great alternatives for you as well, for where there’s a will, there’s always a way.
VEGETARIAN OPTIONS TO INCREASE OUR OMEGA-3 AND PROTEIN INTAKE
Posing as subsisted alternatives, if you are a vegetarian or a vegan eater, make sure to incorporate a mix of flaxseeds, sunflower seeds, chia seeds, walnuts, wheat germ, avocados and soybeans in your diet. From the essential vitamins and minerals like zinc and magnesium, they’ll take care of your entire nutritious uptake. Apart from that, the leafy greens are your forever companions, dearies.
To sign off, always remember that MODERATION is paramount to successful living. Neither going for too much nor too little, we need to learn to ingest just the right amount. In conclusion, we sincerely hope that this blog post helped to relieve some of your hair and skincare struggles.