Salmon: A healthy skin food?

If you want thicker, healthier hair and a clear, blemish free complexion, you may need to add oily, skin-friendly fish like salmon to your diet. Salmon has been touted as a superfood by most skin experts. Here’s what makes salmon not just a superfood but also a beauty booster.

Salmon is a rich source of omega-3 fatty acids, which enables the skin to retain moisture, keep it wrinkle-free and prevent blemishes. Regular consumption of salmon also encourages the production of collagen and elastin fibres, which are needed by the body to keep the skin both supple and youthful.

Salmon also contains essential fatty acids and selenium, which are needed by the skin to protect it from damage caused by the UV rays. It is also full of protein, which is needed for healthy hair follicles. It is also high in B vitamins, particularly B5 and B12, which are required for shiny, thick hair.

Some studies also show that since this fish is loaded with omega-3 fatty acids, vitamin D and selenium, it can boost the body’s metabolism and maintain blood sugar levels, which is important for hormonal balance and weight loss.  The vitamin D present in salmon is also important for bone health and can prevent bone related diseases and osteoporosis.

Salmon also contains essential amino acids, which are required by the body to lower high blood pressure and cholesterol levels, thereby reducing one’s chances of developing cardiovascular disease. It also contains amino acids, selenium and proteins, which are not only important for muscle and tissue building, but also for boosting one’s immunity. Also, studies show that eating a couple of servings of salmon a week, can help build muscle and tone the body.

Salmon also contains high amounts of omega-3 fatty acids and amino acids and can boost eye health and prevent dryness and macular degeneration.

REVOFIT TAKE: Salmon contains essential fatty acids, which are not produced by the body and so need to be consumed either through diet or via supplements. But, overconsumption of fatty fish and fish oil supplements could cause bruising, because omega-3 fatty acids have blood-thinning properties. So, if you are on blood thinning medication, consult your doctor before adopting a salmon only diet. Several studies also show that salmon, especially wild salmon contains high levels of mercury and the presence of excess mercury in the body can increase one’s risk of developing cancer.



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