WHY PUFAS AGE YOU
Polyunsaturated fatty acids, or PUFAs, are a type of fat essential for our health, but they can also have a role in aging us prematurely when we apply them to our skin and have them in our diet. Today we will delve into why PUFAs might have an aging effect, the new TG difference, and how to maintain a healthy omega 6 / omega 3 ratio balance for healthier aging.
PUFAs are a category of fats that include some omega-3 and omega-6 fatty acids. These fats are crucial for our body's proper functioning, playing roles in cell structure, brain health, and inflammation control. However, when not consumed in moderation or in the wrong balance, they can contribute to premature aging.
Oxidative Stress and Inflammation
One reason PUFAs may accelerate aging is their susceptibility to oxidative stress. PUFAs have multiple double bonds in their structure, making them prone to oxidation. When these fats oxidize, they produce free radicals, unstable molecules that can damage cells and DNA. This oxidative stress can contribute to premature aging by causing cellular damage and tissue inflammation.
The effect of PUFAs on skin aging is particularly noticeable. High intake of omega-6 fatty acids, often found in vegetable oils like sunflower and soybean oil, can lead to increased inflammation in the skin. This chronic inflammation can result in the breakdown of collagen and elastin, the proteins responsible for skin's firmness and elasticity. As a result, skin may become wrinkled and saggy prematurely.
PUFAs can also influence cellular aging. Telomeres, protective caps on the ends of our chromosomes, naturally shorten as we age. However, excessive consumption of PUFAs has been associated with accelerated telomere shortening. This suggests that a diet rich in PUFAs might contribute to cellular aging and the associated health issues.
Maintaining a Healthy Balance
While PUFAs can have aging effects, it's important to note that they are still essential for our health. Instead of eliminating them from your diet entirely, focus on achieving a balanced ratio of animal, olive and coconut derived fats and omega 6’s from whole nuts and seeds — in your skincare and diet.
THE TG DIFFERENCE
Our NEW TG line will include only olive oil, which is a big change from our previous formula which was made with sunflower oils, and we are so proud to be offering one of the first low PUFA skin products in the luxury market — for your healthiest, most youthful skin!
Stay tuned for our pre-order launch, coming soon!
**This is for general information and research purposes only, not medical advice. Ashley Cox is a certified IHP (Integrative Health Practitioner) and wellness writer based in San Diego, CA. When she’s not with her dog at the beach, or skiing in the mountains with family, she enjoys empowering others through research-forward writing and holistic skin education.