Omega-3 Deficiency Symptoms

Are You Ignoring These Dangerous Omega-3 Deficiency Symptoms?

Tips for Understanding Commonly Overlooked Omega-3 Deficiency Symptoms

Ever eat a non-fat cookie or brownie?

Notice how dry, brittle and crumbly it is? Well, not enough Omega-3 does the same thing to your skin.

Omega-3 deficiency symptoms

Your skin is the first place to show signs of deficiency. No amount of moisturizing creams will fix that.

Then look at your hair and nails. Is your hair a bit straw-like? Are your nails brittle or soft?

Scientific Recognition

We know that low iron causes anemia.

And low Calcium causes brittle bones.

But we don’t think much about low Omega-3. Most doctors don’t either. Part of the reason is that Omega-3 deficiency symptoms are shared by other illnesses, so they are easily overlooked. Or misdiagnosed.

Scientists have recently given a name to Omega-3 deficiency – it is FADS or Fatty Acid Deficiency Syndrome.

List of Omega-3 deficiency symptoms:

1. Skin related signs

  • Dry skin and hair and soft or brittle nails
  • Rough patches of skin
  • Small bumps (like chicken skin) on the back
    of upper arms and legs
  • Atopic allergies like eczema
  • Dandruff
  • Dry eyes

2. Attention and concentration problems

  • Attention Deficit, hyperactivity
  • Inability to concentrate

3. Mood related signs

  • Anxiety
  • Irritability
  • Depression
  • Mood swings
  • Low frustration tolerance (“short fuse” or highly emotional outburst when things don’t go as planned)

4. Energy and sleep related signs

  • Fatigue
  • Poor sleep quality

5. Inflammation related signs

  • Joint pain – the Omega-3 called EPA can moderate the body’s immune response and this has an effect on Rheumatoid Arthritis pain.
  • Omega-3 reduces inflammation in the joints, so persons with Osteoarthritis supplementing with Omega-3 can expect to feel increased comfort in their stiff joints, particularly in the morning.

Omega-3 Deficiency Symptoms Change With Age

Children and young adults usually have skin and concentration symptoms but as you age, you may begin to notice sleep and energy related symptoms.

Joint and cognitive related symptoms are commonly seen in middle-aged and elderly persons.

So Why is it Dangerous to Ignore these Symptoms?

Most of these symptoms are just inconvenient or annoying but some can be painful or unpleasant. If ignored, your body can stay in a constant state of inflammation. And over time, this can lead to heart disease and several other serious illnesses.

Eating the wrong kind of fat is like putting diesel into a car that runs on gasoline.

Except your body somehow manages to keep sputtering along.

Now that you know these easily-prevented deficiency symptoms, eat more fish (salmon), nuts and green leafy vegetables. And if you go a day or two without eating fish, make sure to take a high purity, pharmaceutical grade fish oil supplement like OmegaVia.



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Vin Kutty
Vin Kutty, MS, is co-founder of Innovix Pharma. He is a nutritionist, author, and Omega-3 expert with 20 years of experience.


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  1. I have a severe seafood allergy. I have a very low omega vitamin count and it has affected my eyes.
    My eye doctor placed omega 3 on my lips to see if they would have a reaction to the omega 3 vitamin for five minutes. Nothing happened in five minutes. He gave me a very pure form of omega 3 s but I have not taken them. Can I really take these with a seafood allergy?

    • Hi Yvette – I cannot advise you on this. This must be monitored closely by your doctor. Generally, seafood allergies are to proteins present in marine animals. However, most high purity Omega-3 products do not have seafood proteins. OmegaVia contains fish gelatin capsules. It is possible that you are allergic to the gelatin from fish. I suggest you work with your doctor and take a liquid Omega-3 that does not have animal gelatin capsules. You may also benefit from vegetarian Omega-3 sources.

  2. Hi Vin – quick one for you. I have been thought tough times with stress, anxiety, sleeping problems, headache, concentration problems and dizziness. I would like to mention that I don’t have any health problems I did all the blood tests etc. It seems that stress is the main cause and my brain isn’t work properly after all this. Would I benefit if I start using Omega 3? Would you recommend Omega 3-6-9 complex or only Omega 3 ? Is there any major side effects? Also how these should be taken (how many times/period?)

    Thanks a lot in advance for your answer. Have a great day ahead!

    • Hi Senell – a high concentration Omega-3 supplement is much better are addressing deficiencies and for addressing dietary imbalance than Omega-3-6-9. So skip the 3-6-9. Along with Omega-3, magenesium, Vitamin D, B-complex, and probiotics along with prebiotic fibers are all good to take if you are stressed. Of course, the obvious first thing to do is address the source of stress and find ways to reduce its impact on your body and mind (exercise, yoga, nature immersion, socializing, meditation etc.). You cannot outrun the effects of stress or poor diet with supplements. You need to address these things at the root cause level.

      • Thanks a lot Vin. Is there any strategy how to take these pills of Omega 3? 3 per day or 3 per week ? I don’t want to make an excess of these I only need a small “push” because I am working on the stress part but it will take time 🙂

  3. Hey Vin,

    Currently I am using OmegaVia 3 supplements (1/day) but also I used to combine this with Magnesium B6 + Zinc daily. Magnesium in the morning after breakfast and Omega before dinner. I’m using these for my anxiety/panic attacks symptoms. I would like to switch from Magnesium to Multivitamin+Mineral supplements in the morning but not sure which is more helpful. I am taking these by my own so I don’t wanna make any mistakes


    • Hi Alex – I assume you are working with your doctor, if not, please do. Your dosage could use some improvement. Aim for 3000 mg Omega-3 per day (or 3 pills per day), 400-500 mg of Magnesium per day. There are also some probiotics that can help with mood. A good B-complex in the morning would be a good idea. Have your doctor test your Vitamin D levels

  4. Hi Vin… I haven’t been having sea food since a long time. I have brittle hair and dandruff too.I have been having anxiety issues and sudden deterioration of academic grades. Are my problems related to my diet? I stay at a place where procuring fish oil isn’t easy… Will cod liver oil capsules suffice? If not then are there any alternate sources of epa and dha?

    • Hi Atif – try cod liver oil if that is what’s available. You may have some Omega-3 deficiency symptoms. Although I suspect there are other dietary issues. Talk to a dietitian if you are concerned.

    • Hi Mary – Omega-3 can help reduce the redness and inflammation in your skin, so it may help indirectly. If you have severe acne, eliminate sugar, dairy, and flour from your diet. Eat ONLY vegetables, seafood, meats, eggs, and fruits – stuff that was alive last week.

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