While traveling through the Mediterranean region this past summer, I was especially fascinated by the glowing skin of Italians. One afternoon while dining in Lucca, I glanced across the table and noticed a natural beauty I’ll name “Ms. Italy”.
I noticed that Ms. Italy had ordered a plate of fresh-grilled sardines. Could this be the secret to her radiant skin?
Omega-3 fatty acids do wonders in keeping the skin healthy, so naturally I had to ask the Italian beautuy if the order was a common staple in her diet! She explained that since she was a little girl, sardines were definitely a big part of her diet–especially because her mother and grandmother consumed these nutrient-packed fish on a regular basis.
I learned that her skin care regiment was very basic, so basic in fact, I was totally embarrassed by how many products I had carried with me over the Pacific. When I asked what her typical diet consisted of, she responded: nothing processed, daily consumption of fish (mostly sardines), seasonal veggies, of course a cappuccino to get the day started, and a glass of wine in the late afternoon . Supplements? A basic daily multivitamin found at her local pharmacy.
What you need to know about fish oil supplements:
- Once fish oils are processed, they are prone to oxidation/rancidity.
- Make sure your fish oils are preserved with both d-gamma, and d-delta Vitamin E.
- When in doubt: test the oil by splitting the capsule in half. Taste and smell if the oil appears fresh.
The best way to get Omega 3 Fatty Acids:
- Krill Oil
- Grass Fed Beef
- Omega-3 Enriched Eggs
More about sardine health benefits can be found here.