Winter skin can take a beating! Did you know you that by regularly including seafood in your diet you will help your skin look and feel younger? It’s true because seafood contains some of the best nutrients available, like vitamins and minerals that boost skin health and may help nurture a glowing complexion. So this winter let’s explore how stocking up on fish and shellfish will satisfy your hunger and may also boost skin health.
The Truth On Maintaining Healthy Skin
No matter how many beauty products you slather on, your diet impacts your skin year-round. This time of year we can use some extra help! Much of how our skin functions stem from our body’s production of hormones and proteins. So why seafood? By adding seafood (at least) two times a week to your diet, you can fuel the largest organ in your body (your skin) with beneficial nutrients like omega-3s, B vitamins, and amino acids.
Embracing Healthy Fatty Acids
Omega-3s fatty acids like DHA and EPA are essential, meaning that our bodies do not make them. These omega-3s are responsible for boosting brain health, reducing the risk of heart disease and strengthening our skin cell’s cellular membrane. The ability to give skin its smooth texture and hydrating glow come from the foundation support offered by omega-3 fatty acids, especially helpful in the winter months.
And, seafood is the premiere food source of DHA and EPA. That’s why it’s important to eat seafood (like salmon, sardines, tuna, anchovies, and herring) at least 2-3 times each week to help fight inflammation, which can cause things like acne and puffy eyelids.
Promoting Collagen Production
Sometimes in our mid-twenties, our skin starts producing less collagen. Thanks to this decrease in collagen, wrinkles, fine lines and dark sports may start to show up. Although we’ve tried taking down all the calendars and stopping the clocks, nothing seems to truly fight mother nature. Instead, we recommend aging beautifully by slowing down the process of collagen loss and preserving current collagen levels. You can do this by eating foods rich in amino acids, like fish, that keep us looking young and radiant. Fish has a large supply of amino acids that act as building blocks for our existing collagen levels.
A Boost of Antioxidants
Vitamin B2, otherwise known as riboflavin, is one of the most important vitamins to help keep our skin healthy and glowing. By helping to eliminate free radicals and toxins from our body, vitamin B2 is a miracle product in reducing the appearance of fine lines and wrinkles. For those looking for a more youthful glow (and a little more color in your cheeks), vitamin B2 helps gives the face a little more pep!
Eating all kinds of seafood is a great way to get your daily value of vitamin B2. Check out some of the highest seafood sources of vitamin B2, taken from My Food Data.
- 6oz salmon – can account for 64% daily value of B2
- 20 small clams – can account for 48% daily value of B2
- 6oz tuna filet – can account for 40% daily value of B2
- 3oz of oysters – can account for 29% daily value of B2
So here’s to beautiful winter skin! For some inspiration, try our delicious recipes that incorporate a variety of different fish, spices, and cooking styles: