Author’s note: In my last post I talked about the fact that your skin, hair or nails are usually the first place you see a lack of Omega-3, following this, many of you asked about other things that may be indicators of an Omega-3 deficiency, so I have outlined some more for you.
A lack of Omega-3 in the diet is more common than you might think, most people on a typical western diet are getting more Omega-6 than they need (see “What are Omega-6 fats?” blog) and not enough Omega-3 – this causes an imbalance in the body that often displays itself as the symptoms of an Omega-3 deficiency.
Typically this lack of Omega-3 will show up as one or more of the following physical symptoms:
- Excessive thirst
- Excessive ear wax
- Frequent urination
- Attention deficit
- Soft, brittle or easily frayed nails
- Lowered immunity
- Dry eyes
- Poor wound healing
- Frequent infections
- Learning and memory problems
- Patches of pale skin on cheeks
- Cracked skin on heels or fingertips
- Craving for rich fatty foods
“Ouch – that’s a long list, several of these are me” you say?
You are right, it is a long list but many of these conditions can be easily remedied by returning to a better balance of Omega 3 and 6. By changing your diet to include things like flax seed oil that are high in Omega-3, you can boost the levels of Omega-3 in your body and return to this better ‘balance’ – more on that later.
“The list also seems to potentially include any part of the body?”
Yes it does, because all the cells in your body should have Omega-3 in their cell membranes to function smoothly, so lack of Omega-3 can manifest in many ways throughout the body.
Everybody is different – your diet, exercise levels and mental attitude all affect the way your body is going to show an Omega-6/Omega-3 imbalance.
Most people I see are exhibiting some symptoms of lack of Omega-3 – but no I don’t go around looking for lots of ear wax.