We know we should eat oily fish for our health, but did you know eating salmon is one of the best things you can do for your skin? We chat with APD nutritionist and dietitian Ngaire Hobbins on why salmon really is the ultimate anti-ageing food.
Why is eating salmon beneficial to good skin, especially during winter?
Salmon is considered to be one of nature’s superfoods as it’s such a rich source of Omega 3 and other nutrients. Just two serves per week provides the recommended intake of Omega 3, essential for maintaining moisture in the skin during the winter months.
Tell us why Omega 3 and antioxidants are good for our skin?
When we eat oily fish such as salmon we load up on essential fatty acids including Omega 3 and antioxidants, helping our skin hold off damage and maintain moisture.
Antioxidants combat the everyday wear and tear that skin cells suffer constantly and Omega 3 fats also help nourish skin and help it retain vital moisture. These help protect our skin from whipping winter winds and drying central heating. Antioxidants are found in all sorts of foods but are generally highest in those which are intensely coloured. The key is getting as many different antioxidant substances in as natural a form as possible. All antioxidants work together to fight oxidative damage which damages skin from the inside. Moisturisers and other products applied to the surface of the skin can only do so much. It’s the work done by antioxidants and omega 3 fats from the inside, or through the foods we eat, which have the potential to help your skin most in the winter.
What about the Vitamin D in salmon?
The UV light from the sun fast tracks the ageing of our skin by affecting collagen, which reduces elasticity, causing lines. As a result any sensible woman nowadays should be avoiding the sun if they want good skin. But less exposure to sun means our bodies makes less vitamin D – a big problem for our bones, skin and other body systems.
In winter especially, with shorter days and much more time spent inside, any food which can supply vitamin D is of great benefit for our health. Fortunately oily fish, like salmon, is one of the best natural sources of this vitamin which is not found in many other foods. In fact, one portion of Tassal Atlantic salmon (150g) contains 8mcg of vitamin D, which is over half of the recommended daily intake for adults.
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