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Vitamin F and Your Skin

Category: Skin Deep
Posted: 2009-04-09 15:25

With vitamins, we have almost an alphabet-full! But vitamin F, hmmmm, that was a new one for me.

Vitamin F is compossed of two essential fatty acids: linoleic acid and alpha-linoleic acid. There are two basic categories of EFA's (essential fatty acids): omega-3 and omega-6. The body is not capable of manufacturing EFAs, however, arachidonic acid can be synthesized in the body from linoleic acid.

Fatty acids are needed for normal growth and behaviour of healthy cell membranes as well as balanced hormone levels and properly working immune system.

EFAs also play an important role in the regulation of cholesterol levels. To our skin, EFAs bring suppleness and, the much sought, youthful appearance. Hair becomes shinier too!
A deficiency of EFA's can contribute to eczema and hair loss.

You can eat EFAs by including these in your diet: flaxseed oil, walnuts, sesame and sunflower seeds, avocados, salmon, tuna, evening primrose oil, and grapeseed oil.

You can let some EFAs soak into your skin by chosing a vegan, natural line of skin care products. This is how I discovered vitamin F!

The Palm'Hydra line of body care blends vitamin rich oils into a nourishing cream that does a body good - from the OutsideIN!
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