In the UK, we are literally surrounded by the ocean on all sides and traditionally, seafood would have made up a significant portion of our weekly food intake – rather than just fish and chips on a Friday night. In fact the NHS recommends that we eat a good oily fish at least twice a week because it is just so healthy – not just for your body, but also for your skin.
Salmon, mackerel, trout and sardines all fit into this category and are great additions to the diet due to their Omega 3’s. This acts as an antioxidant which can work to repair skin cells and may even be able to assist in the healing of skin that has been exposed to UV light. Omega 3’s are even indicated in the prevention of issues like dementia.
But it is probably the role that oily fish plays in the production of vitamin D that will really help protect your skin from UV sun damage. We all know that going out in the sun can help your body to produce vitamin D, but that sunlight can also lead to skin cancer. Rather than soaking up all those dangerous sun rays, you can eat a good oily fish twice a week and protect your skin.
This tasty fish is a good source of selenium and omega 3’s, both of which play a big part in skin health, mostly through their ability to fight the free radicals that come from omega 6’s. Your cell metabolism is boosted so that your skin turns over more quickly, revealing fresh skin.
Shellfish and crustaceans
Prawns in particular are known to be especially good at protecting and helping to build strong bones, teeth and nerves and they contain high levels of vitamins A and E which can protect the skin and support your immunity.
In the UK you are never more than an hours drive from the coast, so take the opportunity to find some of the freshest fish around and head out for a day at the seaside and a fish supper. You could be doing your body a world of good, but don’t forget to slap on that sunscreen to keep your skin safe from melanoma, while you eat to protect it.