Vitamin C News Update + The Exterior Benefits of Omega 3s & Probiotics

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vitamin c newsIt’s a banner week for abscorbic acid, omega 3s and probiotics. They’re good for your heart, skin and eyes (as well vitamin C fans well know). Here’s our latest report.

The Exterior Benefits of Omega-3s, Probiotics & Vitamin C

Holistic nutritionist Joy McCarthy and the Canadian Health Food Association (CHFA) released five top healthy living trends and tips for the spring. Here are a couple that we think you need to know about.

Improve your skin and hair with Vitamin C, Omega 3s & probiotics.

McCarthy recommends looking for natural products with these super-powered antioxidants. The omega 3s (found in healthy fats and supplements such as cod liver oil) are great for improving your hair and skin’s elasticity and shine.

Translation: Ladies, these natural products will help you repair and prevent those wrinkles and add more body to that lovely mane.

The probiotics (those friendly, little bacteria that improve digestion) help improve your skin’s appearance by improving digestion and nutrient absorption, which is reflected in your skin. Your skin is like a billboard for what’s going on inside. Take a daily probiotic to be your most gorgeous self.

Vitamin C helps to produce collagen, that lovely ligament strengthener and elasticity restorer. Your body doesn’t produce vitamin C, so it’s a necessary part of keeping your skin soft and supple.

Stressed? Pop that C!

Don’t look to the prescription pad for a stress reliever. Get some good old-fashioned exercise, enough zzzs and add in a vitamin C and B complex to get you back to your calmest self.

How does it work? Vitamin C really helps with the side effects of stress – getting sick, fatigue, etc. When you boost your C, you’re boosting your immunity and reducing the chances that you’ll get sick.

New Research: Omega 3s – Could they protect against the effects of smoking?

You betcha! Researchers from Greece have found that these good-for-you fatty acids could help repair arteries damaged by smoking.

At the World Congress of Cardiology in Dubai, a panel of scientists showcased how short-term treatment with omega-3s can improve arterial stiffness and vascular elasticity in smokers.

The research participants received 2 grams of omega 3s every day for four weeks.

“These findings suggest that omega-3 fatty acids inhibit the detrimental effects of smoking on arterial function, which is an independent prognostic marker of cardiovascular risk,” said Dr. Gerasimos Siasos of the University of Athens Medical School in a press release.

“The cardio-protective effects of omega-3 fatty acids appear to be due to a synergism between multiple, intricate mechanisms involving anti-inflammatory and anti-atherosclerotic effects.”

Could omega-3s and vitamin C be the end of heart disease? Only time will tell.

 

 

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