It’s not a new concept that what you eat can impact how you feel and how healthy your body is. But what you eat also affects your skin. And there is a reason that celebrities like Victoria Beckham and beauty aficionados swear by salmon as a way to enhance their complexion.
Experts Agree that Salmon is a Superfood for Your Skin
According to board-certified dermatologist Rajani Katta, MD, FAAD, a clinical professor of dermatology at McGovern Medical School at the University of Texas Health Science Center at Houston, there is no one-size-fits-all approach when it comes to your diet as a way to improve your skin. While eating a diet rich in salmon might not cure all of your skincare ailments, it can certainly improve both your overall health as well as the health of your skin, in most cases.
Dr. Rachel Nazarian of Schweiger Dermatology Group in New York agrees that salmon has superpowers. “I consider salmon to be one of the superfoods for skin health,” she recently told HuffPost.
So what is it, exactly, that makes salmon so special?
Salmon is High in Omega 3 Fatty Acids
Salmon is one of the most nutrient-rich foods on the planet. It’s high in lean protein, rich in vitamins and minerals and low in calories.
But wild salmon also has one of the highest concentrations of omega-3 fatty acids of any food, and these omega-3s are crucial ingredients in a healthy diet to promote skin health. Omega-3s aren’t just important for brain development, but they also calm inflammation.
Unsurprisingly, inflammation is rarely a good thing. But in terms of your skin, inflammation can contribute to a breakdown of collagen and elastin, which you need to help keep your skin looking youthful. When collagen breaks down your skin loses moisture and lacks a supple appearance, so you experience premature aging and a dull complexion.
The healthy fats in salmon can reverse those effects and help restore a healthy glow by allowing your skin to retain moisture and improve elasticity.
Salmon is Loaded with Vitamin D
In addition to healthy fats, salmon is also full of vitamins, including B vitamins, and especially vitamin D. Vitamin D has photo-protective effects that help protect skin from harmful UV rays, which can do major damage to your skin’s health and appearance over time.
Vitamin D also shown to be beneficial for skin cell growth and repair, which can help reverse the effects of aging and skin damage, allowing your skin to heal faster and reduce the appearance of wrinkles or age spots. Skin that heals faster and is protected from the sun will have a more glowing appearance not just today, but also for the future.
Salmon Provides Essential Antioxidants
Many typically think of berries as a source of antioxidants, but salmon is also a healthy way to bulk up on these powerful chemical compounds. Wild Salmon contains Astaxanthin, a keto-carotenoid that gives salmon its deep pink color. It also happens to be a powerful antioxidant with anti-inflammatory properties.
Anti-inflammatory is exactly what it sounds like: it reduces swelling and inflammation, calms down your skin to prevent irritation and redness, stimulates collagen production and helps prevent premature aging by reducing the appearance of wrinkles and age spots.