There are a million reasons to take an omega-3 supplement everyday. One of the many is that EFAs or essential fatty acids control a large number of cellular processes in the body that directly relate to the health of your skin, hair and nails. Before I get to that, let’s look at the numerous benefits of fish oil.
Essential fatty acids (EFAs) are considered “essential fats” because they are required for optimal health but cannot be produced by the body. EFAs can be found in fish, flaxseeds, walnuts and canola. Fish oil supplies the most beneficial omega-3s, which are: EPA (Eicosapentaenoic acid) and DHA (docosahexaenoic acid). Eating actual fish (mostly oily, cold water fish like salmon, tuna, herring and sardines) is the best food source of EPA and DHA, but due to concerns about toxins such as mercury, a fish oil supplement is the safest source.
OMEGA-3: EPA (Eicosapentaenoic Acid)
*Healthy heart and body*
- Maintains a healthy heart and circulatory system
- Enhances joint flexibility and movement
- Promotes healthy immune function
- Supports optimal metabolism and body composition
- Promotes balanced blood sugar levels
- Supports the body’s natural anti-inflammatory response
OMEGA-3: DHA (Docosahexaenoic Acid)
*Healthy mood, mind and memory*
- Supports learning and memory
- Promotes positive mood and well-being
- Supports and protects the brain, eyes, nervous and immune systems
- Essential for the proper development of infants and children
- Recommended by physicians for pregnant and lactating women
OMEGA-6: GLA (Gamma-Linolenic Acid)
*Healthy skin, hair and hormones*
- Nourishes hair and skin
- Supports healthy joints
- Enhances Hormonal Balance
- Maintains optimal body fat metabolism
- Supports positive mood
- Supports a regular menstrual cycle
OMEGA-9: OA (Oleic Acid)
*Healthy blood pressure and cholesterol levels*
- Naturally occurs in fish oil
- A “good for you: omega-9 monounsaturated fatty acid
- Supports healthy blood vessel function
- Promotes healthy cell membrane structure
Healthy Skin from Within:
Our skin cells need plenty of nutrients such as vitamins, minerals and healthy fats. Without these, our skin can become dry, dull, prone to premature aging and even inflamed. There are two key essential fatty acids that your skin and hair will love. Since your body doesn’t manufacture them, they must be sourced through food and/or supplements.
Omega-3s in fish oil have been shown to:
- Keep the skin hydrated thus helping to prevent dry skin and other skin conditions
- Help soothe scaly, rough skin by reducing unnecessary inflammation
- Improve blood flow and support the elasticity of red blood cells thereby providing more oxygen to nourish the skin
- Encourage the production of strong collagen and elastin fibers in the dermis making skin look younger by reducing wrinkling and sagging
GLA is an Omega-6 fatty acid that occurs naturally in evening primrose and borage oils and has shown to:
- Relieve dry skin
- Reduce hair loss
- Provide relief for eczema, psoriasis and atopic dermatitis
Your skin is the largest organ in the body and allows approximately 60% of “what goes on it, to go inside it”. Anything that increases the body’s ability to maintain integrity in our highly polluted world is a plus for your beauty routine.
Nordic Naturals is the leading manufacturer of fish oil in the United States. They are committed to delivering the world’s safest, most effective omega oils. The Complete Omega – 3.6.9 is an omega-rich blend that contains all the needed ingredients to support heart health, brain function, positive mood, healthy joints, as well as healthy hair, skin and nails. It has a fresh lemon taste that ensures no fishy smell, taste or aftertaste and all research is based on third-party test results – resulting in an honest and pure product. You will not find a better fish oil than Nordic Naturals.
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Start your day off right with Vega One. This all-in-one nutritional shake provides the body with everything it needs to support a healthy and active lifestyle. Free from preservatives, added sugar, artificial flavors or colors, Vega One is dairy, gluten and soy free.
One serving of Vega One contains all this:
• 15g of protein (plant-based protein) / equivalent to eating 2.7 eggs.
• 1 billion CFU dairy-free probiotics / same as eating 100g of yogurt.
• 1.5g Omega 3 / providing the same per serving as 6 oz of wild salmon.
• 6g of fiber / equivalent to eating 3.2 slices of whole wheat bread.
• 3 servings of greens / same as three servings of nutrient-rich vegetables.
• 2.7 cups of antioxidants / equivalent to eating 2.7 cups of blueberries.
Additionally, one serving of Vega One delivers half of your daily intake of vital vitamins and minerals, and 1000mg of maca (rich in amino acids) and 500mg of chlorella (helps immune function).
With summer on the horizon, Vega One shakes are a great way to get bikini-ready. They are great for on-the-go meal replacements and will provide energy, metabolize fats, proteins and carbohydrates and facilitate in proper muscle function and repair. Also, daily protein shakes can help to provide a lasting feeling of fullness and limit total calorie consumption, resulting in weight-loss.
In my experience, it is quite difficult to find a protein/nutritional powder that is low in sugar and low glycemic level (measure of the effects of food on blood sugar levels). Vega One is sweetened with stevia extract and has no sugar, maltodextrin or sugar-derivitives added. On the Glycemic index it is impressively low at 19.2 – compared to popular brands that are between 30 and 45.
Available in Berry, Chocolate, Vanilla Chai (my favorite) and Natural, Vega One tastes great simply shaken with water or blended with ice. Or add a non-dairy beverage of your choice (favorite: almond milk), and all the veggies and fruits you can handle for a healthy, delicious and nutritious meal.
Favorite Shake Recipe:
• 1 serving Vega One
• 6 large strawberries
• 1 sliced banana
• 1 cup blueberries
• 2-4 kale leaves
• 1/2 cup almond milk
• 1/2 cup water
Blend & Go!
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Taming dark under-eye circles can be tricky – it is a combination of heredity and genetics. The skin below the eyes is very thin and delicate. Veining and excess pigmentation in the skin appears more prominently, and darkness manifests. The easiest way to conceal this problem is to correct.
The Master Corrector by Giorgio Armani is a corrective concealer designed for specific complexion concerns. It is available in two color-balancing shades specific to under-eye area; #1 Pink (refreshes dull skin and diminishes yellow pigmentation) and #2 Orange (neutralizes any blue, purple and brown tones as well as freckles, dark spots and hyper-pigmentation).
The Master Corrector in #2 Orange effectively neutralizes all under-eye discoloration. The color is not a true orange, more of a beige/peach/salmon color. It blends seamlessly and the staying power of this corrector is exceptional. This shade will work on any skin-tone, and can be applied under concealer for additional coverage.
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