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When it comes to vitamins and minerals, which ones are important for healthy skin?  

We've all been told to eat our fruits and vegetables to ensure good health. Besides keeping our heart, our lungs and the rest of our body in good working order, vitamins and minerals also help to ensure the health of the body's largest organ – our skin.

In Part 1 of this blog posting, let's go beyond what you put on your skin. Here are some of the nutrients that you should consume in adequate amounts to achieve youthful and glowing skin:
[Link Removed]– EFAs are integral to maintaining the skin's natural oil barrier. Dry, inflamed skin and frequent white heads and black heads are an indication that you may be deficient in EFAs. There are two major EFAs – omega-3 and omega-6. While the typical North American diet includes plenty of omega-6, omega-3s are often lacking. Look for omega-3 EFAs in cold-water fish (salmon, sardines, and mackerel) and flaxseed. Take a supplement if you lack these sources in your diet.
• A healthy diet and a multivitamin will provide most of the nutrients necessary for great skin. However, some vitamins and  minerals deliver greater benefit when applied topically.

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