Wild Salmon This variety of salmon has a high concentration of the vital skin nutrient omega-3. What is striking is its immediate conversion to eicosapentaenoic acid (EPA) inside the body. Renowed for its anti-inflammatory properties, EPA may reduce collagen damage associated with skin-aging, UV damage and alleviate inflammatory skin disorders. Oily fish is the major dietary source of EPA and a slightly lower amount is provided in the form of DHA (docosahexaenoic acid). EPA can act as a competitive inhibitor of usually potent pro-inflammatory signaling molecules that can influence the appearance of the skin. The amounts of EPA and DHA contained in salmon are unusual among commonly-eaten foods. Levels of omega-3 in the skin can be protective against the damaging effects of sunlight. However, its ability to influence UV-induced inflammatory responses in the skin relies on a good balance between omega-6 and antioxidants; vitamins A, C, E, minerals and phytonutrients. **Wild salmon is a rich source of selenium (a mineral which acts as another powerful antioxidant) and vitamin D (a particularly essential vitamin at this time of year).
Kellie's easy salmon tip: There are many ways to enjoy salmon: poached, grilled or baked or smoked. Salmon poached in miso soup with soba noodles, baby corn, raw courgette ribbons and diced sweet potato is calming on the digestive system and therefore skin. Bake it and serve with short-grain brown rice and a tenderstem broccoli, beetroot and pumpkin seed salad.