A glowing skin definitely speaks volumes about the health within. And while some are naturally blessed with a radiant and healthy skin, most of us still have to care and look after it well. We need to understand that as aging sets in, there are some common skin conditions we generally tend to experience. These include fine lines, dry skin, dullness, dark circles, patches and even some pigmentation here and there. And whatsoever cosmetics we could be using externally on the skin, what actually matters at the end of the day is the kind of nutrition we provide with on the inside. Although the commercial products can offer timely respite, but a natural, permanent cure lies somewhere within.
What Is Gamma Linolenic Acid?
Gamma Linolenic Acid is naturally occurring oil that can be found in the seeds of primrose, black currants and borage or the star flower. This is largely a nutritive omega-6 fatty acid which is mainly found in many plant oil extracts. It has been established by studies that GLA, which is fundamentally a pioneer of Arachidonic Acid, possesses physiological functions of modulating resistance and inflammatory response in some chronic skin ailments including psoriasis, eczema etc., while keeping the skin smooth, supple and glowing. This owes to the function of modifying various deficiencies in skin lipids by the GLA. This has particularly come to notice in sub-group of patients with atopic dermatitis displaying clinical improvement of the symptoms on taking the recommended dosage. Although, there are numerous nutritional supplements of this oil which are recommended to be consumed for attaining the gorgeous looking skin.
Implication of GLA
GLA is a very special and essential fatty acid which has been agreeably credited to a smooth, radiating and flawless skin. Gamma Linolenic Acid is believed to be one of the richest sources of omega-6 fatty acids, also known as the ‘good fats’. Although our body comes equipped with enzymes that transform food into GLA, these are nonetheless often rendered incapable because of various reasons such as a low thyroid, diabetes, menopause, viral infections and of course, ageing. It is therefore imperative for people, especially females, to make up for its deficiency and start using GLA at an early stage.
Amazing Benefits of Gamma Linolenic Acid
- It reduces the occurrence of dry, flaky skin.
- It offers relief from acne and dermatitis.
- It prevents wrinkles and premature ageing of skin.
- GLA rectifies, regenerates and moisturizes our skin from deep within.
- It locks the moisture in our skin cells and prevents skin from dehydration and dryness.
- It reduces skin inflammation caused due to rashes, redness and rosacea.
- It reduces the direct effect of sun and the harsh UV rays on our skin, prevents inflammation and reduces chances of skin cancer.
- Apparently GLA is responsible for an inclusive radiance and glow of our skin.
Skin Health Transformation
The GLA, therefore, offers great benefits in terms of skin health as well as its presence. Females (and males) may consume GLA supplements to ensure that they could enjoy a healthy skin. Even the women in their forties or fifties who are undergoing menopause are advised to maintain the intake of the GLA on daily basis in order to combat the various skin problems associated with the process of menopause, during and after. This is because menopause is usually accompanied by a much reduced ability of our body to produce the Gamma Linolenic Acid on its own, and hence, the skin tends to become dull and listless. Therefore, whether we use it topically or take it orally, the use of GLA is believed to add a certain life to our skin. Not only this, its direct application is easily absorbed by the skin and does not leave it oily. On the other hand, a deficit of this particular nutrient accompanies many of the skin maladies, over a period of time. Also, another good news is that Gamma Linolenic Acid comes without any side effects and, therefore, is absolutely safe for people from all age groups. Experience the assistance of GLA and let it take over your skin woes, all but naturally!
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