Health & Beauty Report: The Beauty Benefits of 8 Heart Healthy Foods
Celebrate American Heart Month by indulging in these foods that are good for both your health and beauty
Salmon = protected and less wrinkled skinThe scoop: "Salmon is one of the premiere sources of omega-3 fats," says Bauer, who notes that while it's "common knowledge that omega-3s boost heart health by lowering triglycerides, fighting inflammation, and improving blood flow," many people don't know that "omega-3s are also beneficial for your skin." Bauer continues, "studies suggest they may help protect the skin from the sun's damaging rays." These studies also indicate that the fatty acids reduce the cellular inflammation that can cause redness, loss of firmness and wrinkles. Dr. Perrin adds that fish ("ANY fish") is the best protein source for a healthy heart. Don't like salmon? Try mackerel, tuna, herring or sardines for similar effects on both your health and beauty.
Tip: When choosing salmon, you want to try to buy wild salmon instead of farm raised -- the wild fish are higher in the helpful omega-3s and don't contain the pink dyes present in many farm raised fish. Also, if you're not a fish person and just can't envision sitting down and eating a big piece of salmon, try easing into it by opting for salmon sushi rolls made with brown rice (and avocado!) instead.
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