So what is all the fuss over Omega Oils?
For years now, we have heard about the health benefits of Omega oil, with omega-3 and omega-6 getting lots of attention. But how much do we really know about why these oils are so important for our health. This blog aims to demystify the Omega Oil mystery!
Also known as Fatty Acids, there are actually 11 different types however, omega-3 and omega-6 are considered essential fatty acids because our bodies can’t make them on their own. Therefore, we have to supplement them both orally and topically, using emollients that contain significant concentrations.
Omega-3 can be found in oily fish and some nuts and seeds, while omega-6 comes from plant oils, nuts and seeds. Consequently, while most of us have reasonable levels of omega-6 in our bodies through our diets, we tend to be deficient in omega-3, requiring some kind of supplement to boost our levels.
When you start understanding how amazing these oils are for our bodies, it’s incredible that it isn’t being shouted from the rooftops! Medical evidence tells us that, as well as omega-3 being vital for the health of our joints, brain and heart, it also plays a major part in other ways:
- It soothes and supports skin health. Scientists have discovered that omega-3 supplements and topical treatments (lotions and oils) can help ease irritating skin conditions, eczema, rosacea and psoriasis. The conclusion states that this is probably due to the proven anti-inflammatory properties in omega-3.
- It can be a sleep aid, as scientists believe omega-3 helps your body naturally produce substances such as melatonin, which is the hormone released for sleep.
- It can help with PMS and in the lowering of blood pressure
Is Omega 3 the same as Fish Oil?
Everyone is aware that certain oily fish such as salmon, sardines, mackerel and tuna contain high levels of omega-3 and that it is important to include them, or a supplement, in our diets. However, what is not so widely known is that there are also plant sources, such as flaxseed, linseed and walnuts, that also contain high levels of omega-3. Right at the top of the list though is a little-known plant that grows in the Amazon Rainforest called Sacha Inchi. This incredible seed is the earths richest plant source of omega-3, 6 and 9 with 84% Essential Fatty content! Sacha Inchi is basically odour-free (unlike its pungent neighbour, the flaxseed!) so it is a brilliant ingredient for topical application enabling our skin to reap the benefits of this phenomenal, healing oil.
Sacha Inchi Seeds - Earths richest plant source of Omega Oils
Our bodies are a complex machine of organs, muscles, minerals and water, working seamlessly together to allow us to function healthily. What is the largest organ in our body? Our skin! Our skin naturally contains a lot of omega-3 fatty acids but with age and exposure to the elements, these are significantly depleted and need replenishing constantly. Applying an effective, topical product can:
- Help prevent stretch marks and improve the appearance of existing marks and scars.
- Improve skin tone
- Rehydrate the skin and support ageing skin
- Bolster antioxidants to the skin to calm redness and sensitivity
- Protect and nourish the skin against sun and element exposure
Omega Oil, formulated by Botánico Vida, is a laboratory formulated complex combination of 100% plant-based oils, including Sacha Inchi. It works by putting the skin’s building blocks, Essential Fatty Acids and other vitamins, directly back into the skin. Independent clinical trials have proven its effect on skin elasticity, with an average improvement of 45% and with one third of participants reporting over 100% increase in skin elasticity.
This year, let’s give our skin the treatment it deserves. Layering Omega Oil and Balm to protect, nourish and heal, will help us towards a fresher complexion and soft, smooth skin all over our bodies.