By now, many of us know how important omega-3 is for our health. Harvard Medical School has hailed it a “superfood, packed with nutrients and potent disease-fighting compounds”.
Many studies have shown that omega-3 fatty acids can reduce blood pressure, improves brain functioning and has anti-inflammatory properties.
On home soil, the South African Heart and Stroke Foundation recommend that one eats 2–5g of this type of fat every day.
With so many health benefits, it’s difficult to imagine a healthy diet without these fats. But what are the symptoms of omega-3 deficiency?
Problems in the extremities of the body, such as skin, hair and nails, are usually a good indication that you have too little omega-3 in your system.
Many of these symptoms on their own can be an indication of other conditions which is why it is important to discuss any unusual symptoms with your doctor.
Seafood like salmon and sardines and plant foods such as some nuts and seeds are a good source of omega-3. Unfortunately many South Africans aren’t able to access foods rich in omega-3 fatty acids every day and therefore don’t get enough of this nutrient in their diet.
Including a quality omega- 3 supplement will help to ensure you avoid a deficiency. Taking the recommended amount every day will not only ensure optimal physical and mental functioning, but will also help fight cardiovascular disorders.
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