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Symptoms of Omega-3 Deficiency

Sleepy and Forgetful? It Could Be an Omega-3 Deficiency

Are you unusually sleepy and have trouble remembering simple things like what you walked into the kitchen for? If you're getting enough of both beauty sleep and exercise, then you might want to take a closer look at what's going into your meals. Are you getting enough omega-3s? Women should aim to get 1.1 grams (1,100 mg) a day. Seafood is an excellent source, so vegetarians and vegans who don't eat fish may be particularly prone to an omega-3 deficiency. Those whose diets are too high in omega-6s — foods such as corn oil, soy oil, safflower oil, and sunflower oil — are also at risk. Symptoms include:

  • Fatigue
  • Poor memory
  • Immune weakness
  • Dry skin, eczema, or hair loss
  • Heart problems
  • Reproductive problems
  • Mood swings or depression
  • Poor circulation

If you're experiencing these symptoms and think it may be caused by a lack of omega-3s in your diet, then talk to your doctor. Increasing your consumption of omega-3 eggs, canola oil, walnuts, flaxseed, flaxseed oil, soybeans, chia seeds, and cold-water fish such as salmon, trout, cod, and anchovies can relieve these symptoms. If you don't eat enough of these foods, then you may want to take fish oil capsules. Aside from preventing omega-3 deficiency, getting enough omega-3s can also reduce inflammation, decrease joint pain, fight obesity, reduce exercise-induced asthma, lower blood pressure and cholesterol, and may reduce your risk for heart disease and diabetes.

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emilylee emilylee 8 years
wow....i never knew there was omega 6's . I should hurry and go get some foods that contain omega 3
michlny michlny 8 years
I used to take the fish oil pills, but I've found a teaspoon of the actual oil works better for me. Carlson makes a great oil with orange flavor - so you don't get the fish burps! :)
kikidawn kikidawn 8 years
I know I don't get enough omega-3. So I need to take a fish oil pill ... any suggestions? What do I need to look for in one? I take a daily vitamin so is that going to be a problem?
bethinabox bethinabox 8 years
I probably don't get enough omega-3, since I don't eat any of the stuff you listed up there. I don't think I have too many of those symptoms - I'm always a little tired, but who isn't? Poor memory - I've always had a sucky memory... Maybe I'll buy a bottle of fish oil and take them and see if anything changes. Can't hurt, I suppose. :)
misskacie misskacie 8 years
Spectra, that makes me feel better. I always feel like a little geeky since I've been the only person I've known to take fish oil capsules! I swear they make my hair better, at the very least. I'm hoping all that other good stuff is happenin' while I avoid the bad stuff (like the list above).
pillowtalkk pillowtalkk 8 years
good infor tropicana orange juice has omega 3 ! get on it. def. helps
GlowingMoon GlowingMoon 8 years
I didn't know an omega-3 deficiency could cause so many problems. Good to know. I happen to eat the non-meat sources everyday. Just my (daily) hummus serving alone, I add a tablespoon of canola oil. I know, that's a lot of oil, but in my overall diet, I'm still eating low-fat. Also, in the mornings, I have walnuts. I chose these fats because I heard it was good for the brain (Alzheimer's runs in my family, so I'm trying to offset that).
Spectra Spectra 8 years
I always take my fish oil pills, even though I do tend to eat a lot of nuts. I don't eat enough oily fish, so I think it's probably a good idea. I know it's been helping me with overall inflammation and it's been helping with my cholesterol HDL levels are in the 70's, so it's definitely an anti-inflammatory.
miss-malone miss-malone 8 years
I know I get enough Omega-3's, but this is good information.
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