Omega-3 Deficiency and What it Means for Your Hair and Body

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Omega-3 fatty acids are fats that your body does not produce on its own and therefore needs to intake regularly in its diet. Two types of Omega-3 fatty acids are EPA and DHA which can be found in fish like salmon and tuna, as well as nuts and seeds like walnuts and flaxseeds. An Omega-3 deficiency can cause adverse effects on your overall health including your hair and body. Here are the tell-tale signs that you may be Omega-3 deficient.

Signs You Are Omega-3 Deficient 
1. You have dry, itchy or flaky skin
2. You have dandruff, dry hair, and hair loss
3. You have brittle fingernails
4. You have an excessive amount of earwax
5. You have dry eyes

As you can see the results of not incorporating Omega-3 into your diet can cause to several areas of your body to not perform well. According to the Harvard School of Public Health:
“What makes omega-3 fats special? They are an integral part of cell membranes throughout the body and affect the function of the cell receptors in these membranes. They provide the starting point for making hormones that regulate blood clotting, contraction and relaxation of artery walls, and inflammation. They also bind to receptors in cells that regulate genetic function. Likely due to these effects, omega-3 fats have been shown to help prevent heart disease and stroke, may help control lupus, eczema, and rheumatoid arthritis, and may play protective roles in cancer and other conditions” (Source).
Include Omega-3 in your diet through taking supplements and by adjusting your dietary intake. Always consult your physician before trying a supplement.

Foods That Contain Omega-3
  • Salmon
  • Tuna
  • Walnuts
  • Flaxseeds/ Flaxseed oil
  • Dark leafy vegetables 
  • Canola Oil
  • Soybean oil

Sources: "The Facts on Omega 3 Fatty Acids" via WebMd
"Omega 3 Deficiency Symptoms" via Livestrong
"Omega-3 Fatty Acids: An Essential Contribution" via Harvard School of Public Health
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