The reason why oily fish is so good for your skin is because it keeps the cells directly below the surface of the skin plump and healthy. If you have plump cells, you will have less fine lines, wrinkles and increased firmness and elasticity of the skin.
Oily fish contains omega-3 fatty acids, which help keep skin soft and younger-looking by feeding cells the vital nutrients they need to stay healthy. Omega-3 fatty acids also prevent inflammation and protect against free radical damage which directly attacks and kills off healthy cells.
One of the secrets of eating oily fish for better skin is that it contains a very power antioxidant known as DMAE. What DMAE does is to strengthen the nerves and muscles responsible for contracting the skin. In this case, contracting the muscles for more firm, less wrinkled-looking skin on your
When talking about "oily fish," the best fish you can possibly eat is salmon. Salmon contains high levels of DMAE, in addition to selenium and protein, among other things, which are all important for healthier skin. Sardines are a good source of omega-3 fatty acids, as well.
If you're from Wisconsin like me, you may have heard of smelt fishing, which is a popular thing to do here. You should be able to find smelt in the fish section of a local butcher shop. These fish may be small, but they pack a good amount of omega-3 fatty acids inside.
You can supplement your diet with krill, fish or cod liver oil. All of these supplements can give your skin the cell-protecting benefits of omega-3 fatty acids on a daily basis.
In addition to giving you great looking skin, omega-3 fatty acids give you other age-related benefits such as a healthy heart, keeping your eyes healthy and promoting brain health. All of these things are directly related to maintaining the health of your cells.
Although supplements are good, do try to eat salmon a few times per week. There are so many ways to prepare this oily fish by baking, steaming and even grilling. Serve up with some fresh veggies and fruit for a delicious, nutritious, age-slashing meal.
You will soon see the benefits of eating healthy fish. Eat it up and you will be rewarded with noticeably younger-looking skin.