Tuesday, April 20, 2010

A New Secret to Healthier Skin?

There's a new kind of omega on the block. We've all heard about the tons of health benefits of getting enough omega-3 fatty acids. Now a new study from the University of Illinois suggests omega-6 fatty acids can help your skin. The study on mice, which was published in the Journal of Lipid Research, found that a deficiency in arachidonic acid (a type of omega-6) in mice made them scratch themselves continuously. When researchers gave the mice omega-6, boom—their skin got better. The scientists think that incorporating the fatty acid, which is found in meat, eggs, and dairy, into the diet may help with dermatitis (itchy, reddened skin.)


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