Superfood this, clean eating that - in our quest to eat our way to younger looking skin, we often overlook one thing: healthy fats.

Some nutritionists suggest that it’s these healthy fats that actually give great skin, good hair and a healthy glow to boot.

Not only do they provide your body with fuel, help you feel fuller and stimulate fat burning, but healthy fats are also a massive helper when it comes to good skin.

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Naturopathic nutritionist Amy Morris commented: “Beauty is rooted in health and good fats can feed, hydrate and moisturise the skin, nourishing cells from within.”

Here, Amy explains why you should add more healthy fats to your diet:

1. They can give you that all important ‘glow’

One of the main components of omega-3 fatty acids is EPA which is proven to do wonders for the skin by regulating oil production – preventing acne and boosting hydration. Additionally, the essential fatty acids contained within fish oil are vital to skin health, providing a rich source of moisture and giving it that all important 'glow'.

2. They can offset signs of aging

Taking a high quality fish oil supplement like UnoCardio 1000 has also been proven to help both treat and prevent skin aging. A recent study found that EPA can help block the release of the UV-induced enzymes that eat away at our collagen, causing lines and sagging skin.

3. They can help protect skin from sun damage

Recent studies have found that beneficial omega-3 fatty acids contained in fish oil have properties that protect the skin from the sun's damaging effects. EPA reduced incidences of sunburn and UV radiation-induced skin breaks.

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4. They can do wonders for your hair

Polyunsaturated fatty acids have been proven to help improve hair quality and density, decrease instances of hair loss and restore an overall hair cycle balance. Additionally, omega-3 has recently gained attention for its ability to combat dry and brittle hair, hair loss, dry, flaky scalp and reduced circulation to the scalp.

 

5. They can help strengthen nails

Nails provide an external sign of your inner health, with weak, brittle nails often signalling nutritional deficiencies within the body. Ensuring that you have enough omega-3 in your diet can help to lubricate and moisturize your nails and prevent nail disorders.

Therefore deficiencies in omega-3 fatty acids can increase your risk of dry and brittle nails. Omega-3 fatty acids can help reduce inflammation within your nail bed, nourishing and promoting the health of cells that give rise to your nail plate.

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