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Low Omega-3

Why Diet Alone Is Not Enough

A diet rich in Omega-3 fatty acids is key to having a healthy heart and well-functioning cells throughout the body. Many Canadians do not get the recommended amount of Omega-3, which is about 1-1.6 grams per day, according to Dietitians of Canada (DC). Low Omega-3 levels can manifest with the following symptoms:

  • Rough or dry, bumpy skin
  • Dry, dull, brittle hair and dandruff
  • Soft, peeling, or brittle nails
  • Excessive thirst
  • Difficulty sleeping
  • Difficulty paying attention
  • Excessive mood swings, depression, or unwarranted anxiety

If you are experiencing these symptoms, a doctor can perform a fatty acid profile through a blood test. The causes may include a lack of Omega-3 in the diet, lifestyle factors which may affect the metabolism of fats (such as smoking cigarettes, consuming alcohol, stress, or diabetes), genetics, or immune system issues.

To overcome low omega-3 levels, it is important to eat foods that increase levels of the fatty acid in your body, as well as to supplement your diet with an Omega-3 dietary supplement.