Do you have dry or irritated skin? At Dermoi we’ll help you find out why omega supplements are important, from reducing inflammation, to boosting muscular, joint and heart health.
What is Omega 3?
Many vitamins and proteins that are necessary for healthy skin are found naturally within the body, albeit they lessen over time due to external factors and ageing. Omega 3 is found externally, predominantly in fish and fish oil but it can also be found in walnuts, chia seeds and soybeans.
Omegas 3 and 6 are crucial for hydrated skin, fighting oxidative stress and maintaining a healthy immune system.
The unsaturated fatty acids have three forms:
- Eicosapentaenoic acid (EPA) helps protect against sun damage caused by UV rays. It also maintains triglyceride levels and a healthy blood pressure
- Docosahexaenoic acid (DHA) is found in fish and plays a role in supporting healthy heart function while reducing skin inflammation.
- Alpha-linolenic (ALA) is found in plants and vegetable oils. It contributes to normal cholesterol and blood levels while supporting the skin barrier for a smoother appearance
Your body can’t naturally produce ALA which makes it essential. However, EPA and DHA can be made from ALA.
Why Does Our Skin Need Omega 3?
Omega 3 is proven to reduce skin inflammation and dry skin by maintaining the cell walls on the skin barrier.
Over time our skin interacts with many free radicals. Free radical build-up will cause severe irritation and inflammation to the skin.
Both eicosapentaenoic acid (EPA) and Docosahexaenoic acid (DHA) contribute to lessening the effects of inflammation on the skin and body. A 2015 study found oral supplementation with fish oil to reduce irritation and dryness¹.
Inflammation and irritation also cause moisture in the skin to release, leaving the skin much more dehydrated than normal. Omega 3 retains the moisture within the skin barrier, helping to battle the dryness.
What Causes Omega 3 Deficiencies?
If you have a poor diet and imbalanced hormone production, this can cause acne and inflammatory skin conditions. Diets that restrict fats including a red meat, decrease fatty acid levels which causes and exacerbates omega 3 deficiencies.
Such deficiencies cause the following symptoms:
- Dry skin
- Joint pain
Fatigue is a common factor when low on vitamins and other nutrients including omega 3.
Fibromyalgia is a chronic disorder that describes muscular pain and fatigue in the body. Omega 3’s fatty acid help alleviate this with its anti-inflammatory ingredients, helping to reduce cytokines, the culprit in causing fatigue in the body.
Dry skin is caused when the skin barrier stops locking moisture and oils on the epidermis because it has been compromised by external factors, like UV radiation and environmental pollutants. Omega 3 nourishes and hydrates the skin because it promotes the production of sebum, an oil that moisturises the top layer of the skin while keeping toxins and irritants from penetrating the skin barrier.
One common cause of joint pain is inflammation, which leads to swelling and stiffness in the joints. Those suffering from arthritis will reap the most benefit from omega 3 supplements. If you suffer general joint pain omega 3 supplements will also provide pain relief due to its anti-inflammatory properties.
Using Micelles to Increase Omega 3 Intake
For Omega 3 to be effectively delivered and absorbed by the body it needs to be both oil and water-soluble. Most Omega 3 supplements that are available on the market fail to adequately shield the omegas from damages caused by the gut barrier.
This is where micelle encapsulation and delivery come in. Micelles help encapsulate the fatty omega 3 acids, assisting them to become water-soluble before entering the gut barrier.
A micelle is a revolutionary technology that is a closed and small lipid sphere that traps and carries the nutrients in order to maximise bioavailability. If left without a casing, the omegas and other nutrients will be destroyed before they reach the gut, rendering the supplement useless.
Micelles increase the bioavailability of omega 3, especially if given in liquid form, as omega 3 tablets are less likely to become water-soluble before arriving in the gut. Being water and oil-soluble makes it easier to soothe dry skin and remove inflammation.
The Benefits of Switching to Micelle Supplements
Micelle encapsulation is a much better way of absorbing omega 3 and other nutrients in the body as opposed to the regular on the shelf omega 3 tablets.
For example, the Omega 3 Fish Oil Zooki utilises micellar technology. This maximises the benefits of the amino acids DHA and EPA by shielding the nutrients from the gut’s destructive pH levels.
A typical tablet will lack this delivery system, hence why it is ineffective because it excretes the nutrients before it hits the bloodstream. It also doesn’t mimic the cell membranes unlike micelles, which makes it even harder for the body to artificially break down the tablet.
Omega Supplements at Dermoi
With a multitude of omega supplements at Dermoi, you can be sure to boost your omega 3 and 6 intakes with two of our recommended and scientifically backed omega products.
- YourZooki Omega 3 Fish Oil, otherwise known as Omega 3 Zooki, completely rids the trope of fish oil tasting unpleasant and transform the supplement into a tasty and fun condiment. Its micellular technology shields the omega 3 fatty acids such as EPA and DHA, as well as vitamin D3 and E to increase bioavailable and for smoother, clearer skin.
- Skin Omegas+ by Advanced Nutrition Programme includes both omega 3 and 6 that increases hydration to the skin by fighting inflammatory properties as well as slowing down ageing with the antioxidant vitamin A.
- ZENii Skin Fusion infuses Omega 3, MSM, Hydrolysed Marine Collagen and Vitamin A to protect the skin from UV radiation and inflammation. This is perfect as it also includes Vitamin A and C for protection against free radicals and oxidative stress.
Author: Naeem Ali
- Barcelos, R., de Mello-Sampayo, C., Antoniazzi, C., Segat, H., Silva, H., Veit, J., Piccolo, J., Emanuelli, T., Bürger, M., Silva- Lima, B. and Rodrigues, L., 2015. Oral supplementation with fish oil reduces dryness and pruritus in the acetone-induced dry skin rat model. Journal of Dermatological Science, 79(3), pp.298-304.