The Importance of Essential Fatty Acids in the Skin

Research has increasingly emphasized the importance of Essential Fatty Acids (Omega 3 and Omega 6) in a healthy body. But more recent studies go further, alluding to these as key substances to maintain skin health, Even to prevent and cure certain conditions of the same.
The skin is a heterogeneous organ formed by multiple tissues and organized in 3 layers, where its attachments are distinguished. It is considered as an organ of multiple perception by the information that receives.

In the skin we can differentiate two basic components:
Epidermis: It has between 60 and 75% of water.
Dermis: Composed of collagen fibers and elastic fibers.

Essential Fatty Acids Essential

Fatty acids can not be produced by the human body and must be incorporated into the diet. They are:

Omega 3 (alpha linolenic acid and its derivatives).
Omega 6 (linoleic acid)

Among other benefits, AGEs are recognized as having the ability to lower blood pressure, reduce arrhythmia and the likelihood of sudden death, lower triglycerides, lower LDL (bad cholesterol), and raise HDL (good cholesterol) The symptomatology of inflammatory diseases.

Natural sources of AGE
Animal: blue fish oil: tuna, pink salmon,
black hake , anchovies, sardines, herring, threshing and seafood.
Vegetable: Salvia Chia oils, flax, evening primrose, corn, soybean, sunflower,
borage, canola, dried fruit, seaweed, redcurrant seeds.

The lack of AGE Omega and Omega 6 produces
– Reduction of water and structural lipids
– Desquamation of the horny layer
– Alteration of keratinization.
– Dryness, roughness.
– Itching
– Inflammation

What is sensitive skin?
It is the particular susceptibility to placing on the skin cosmetic products commonly used. It is characterized by:
. Feeling of discomfort, pruritus, burning, dysesthesias without
clinically evident dermatological lesion .
. It is more common in people with dry skin.
. It most often affects white women and individuals.
. Its pathophysiology is not clear.

There is a new therapeutic line for the skin, made with natural components highly effective to combat any condition of severe skin dryness caused by the deficiency of Essential Fatty Acids.
The product is ideal for those who have altered skin barrier and suffer from: atopic dermatitis, senile skin and sensitive skin.
Its special formulation provides the necessary balance between Omega 3 and 6 Fatty Acids, fundamental components of the skin barrier.
It is an efficient transport to carry the essential fatty acids to the cells of the epidermis, increasing the flexibility of the cellular membranes and achieving that it diminishes the transdermal loss of water.
Salvia Chia Oil
It is emollient, restructurant of the cellular membrane, anti-inflammatory and regulator of the release of cytokines.
Oat extract
It is antioxidant, membrane reshaping, emollient and softener, antipruritic, anti-inflammatory and maintains the
barrier effect on the skin .
Shea Butter
Emollient, antioxidant, favors the epidermal exchange and favors the production of collagen.
promotes epidermal repair and keratinization.
Hyaluronic Acid
Promotes tissue repair, is anti-inflammatory, antioxidant, favors epidermal remodeling.

Formulated based on chia oil
. Extracted from the Spanish sage
. It has 32 to 39% oil
. Antioxidants
. It is a natural source of Omega 3 and Omega 6 fatty acids.

Lab. Dr. Madaus

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FATS & FOOD: everything is a matter of measure

Currently, about 42% of the energy in our diet comes from fats. The report of the Committee on Medical Aspects of Food Policy (COMA) suggests reducing that figure to 35%. And the National Committee on Nutrition Education  (NACNE) recommended a reduction to no more than 30%, refers especially to
saturated fats . Where they are and how they work in our body are some of the issues that need to be addressed. Fats provide a concentrated source of energy in the diet. The constituents of fats are fatty acids. Its classification depends on the type of chemical bond present in the fatty acid. If a fatty acid has all the hydrogen atoms it can withstand , it is called saturated . In contrast, if some of the hydrogen atoms are absent and the simple bonding between the carbon atoms has been replaced by a double bond, it is unsaturated. Unsaturated fats are liquid at room temperature. Usually, they are of vegetable origin. Lard, bacon and meat fat, for example, are saturated fats.

Function of fats
Fats have important functions in the body: they are a good source of concentrated energy and also act as vehicles for the fat-soluble vitamins A, D, E and K. Fats are also essential for the structure of cell membranes and Are precursors of many hormones.
Cholesterol “good” vs. Cholesterol “bad”
Cholesterol is present in all animal tissues but is absent in plants. It is essential as a component of cell membranes and as a precursor of bile acids and certain hormones, but, unlike what happens with Omega 3 fatty acids, the
body can produce its own cholesterol, so there is no need to
incorporate it through Of the diet.

Cholesterol can cause arterial plaques if levels are too high. This can result in atherosclerosis and heart disease. LDL (bad cholesterol) causes heart problems.  HDL (good) cholesterol, on the other hand, helps protect against
the risk of heart disease.

What are trans
Fatty acids? Unsaturated fatty acids can exist in two different geometric forms . These forms are called “cis” and “trans”. The unsaturated fatty acids exist naturally in the “cis”. During the manufacturing process these fatty acids can be changed to the “trans” type. The hydrogenation of margarine, for
example, causes this phenomenon . It has been suggested that “trans” fatty acids can increase the risk of heart disease.

Radicals Free radicals are very reactive molecules that have been linked to heart disease and cancer. A number of factors, including alcohol consumption, stress and environmental contamination can precipitate the generation of
free radicals in the body. Polyunsaturated acids can also produce free radicals. Antioxidants such as vitamins A, C and E, present in fresh fruits and  vegetables , offer protection against free radicals.

The importance of Omega 3
Two fatty acids are essential: linoleic acid and linolenic acid . The Omega 3 includes the first of these. They must be present in the diet because the body can not produce them and are necessary to achieve a good health and a balanced diet.
They are present in the following fish: herring, salmon, lake trout , dogfish and mackerel. In addition, sunflower , soybean, flax and chia seed oils , the millenarian plant with the highest percentage of Omega 3 , can be reduced . Adequate intakes of these foods can reduce the risk of cardiac arrest and other diseases. Coronary heart disease.
Omega 3 is beneficial to treat:
– Cardiovascular diseases
– Hypertension
– Rheumatoid arthritis
– Multiple sclerosis
– Cancer
– Atopic
– Psoriasis – Ulcerative colitis
– Inflammatory diseases
– Autoimmune diseases
– Lung cancer

You can get a decrease in the consumption of Saturated fats by elevating consumption of Omega 3. There are no studies that demonstrate that the high consumption of Omega 3 fatty acids produce side effects. Currently, there are dietary supplements in the form of capsules based on chia oil, the natural source with the highest percentage of Omega 3. These provide the recommended daily dose of Omega 3.

Dr. Fernando Estévez Castillo

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