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Nutrition and Supplements for Healthy Skin 

Nutrition and Supplements for Healthy Skin
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Nutrition and Supplements for Healthy Skin
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Jeanette Jacknin

DOI:
10.1093/med/9780199907922.003.0002
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date: 07 June 2020

The Western diet may be deficient in important micronutrients such as B vitamins, vitamin C, vitamin E, folic acid, iron, or zinc with deleterious results on the skin. Nutritional supplements may be important for skin health in patients not motivated or for some other reason not able to change to a healthier diet. Supplemental anti-oxidants such as vitamins A, C, and E as well as beta carotene, other carotenoids, selenium, zinc, chromate, B vitamins, coenzyme Q10, and vitamin D can facilitate having normally functioning healthy skin. Essential fatty acids that cannot be made by the body may require dietary supplementation. Omega 3 fatty acids found in fish oils and flaxseed oil tend to be anti-inflammatory, countering the pro-inflammatory effects of omega 6 fatty acids including arachadonic acid found in animal proteins.

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