Omega-3 Deficiency: Signs and Symptoms

How do I know if I have Omega-3 deficiency?
Omega-3 fats (technically fatty acids) are essential to the human body and have benefits for our heart, brain, eyes and joints.
By reducing inflammation, blood clots and improving membrane function, omega-3 fats are associated with a lower risk of heart complications – including heart disease, plaque build-up and heart attacks – both in persons with a history of heart disease and in healthy individuals.

Omega-3 fats also seem to be important for optimal brain development in babies, and mental function, particularly later in life.

For pregnant women, an intake of omega-3 fats supports normal visual development in the foetus. In short, the addition of omega-3 fats to the diet is important to maintaining both our physical and mental health.

There are potential benefits of omega-3 oils in a wide range of medical conditions. Here are some of the signs and symptoms associated with low essential fatty acid:

  • Dry flaky skin
  • Cracking, peeling skin
  • Colour variation of skin
  • Excessive thirst
  • Excessive ear wax
  • Dry mouth/throat
  • Menstrual cramps
  • Dry eyes
  • Vaginal dryness
  • Premenstrual breast tenderness
  • Dry, lacklustre, brittle hair
  • Brittle fingernails
  • Small bumps on back of upper arms
  • Dandruff or cradle cap

How can you find out?

If you would like to check your levels of Omega-3 essential fatty acids, testing is available.  An Omega-3 Index test can give you a percentage, which is simply a measure of the amount of EPA and DHA in your blood.

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