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Who should use omega-3 fatty acids?

Omega-3 is considered an essential fatty acid. Essential fatty acids are polyunsaturated fatty acids, which the body needs for metabolic functioning. Since the body does not produce this type of fatty acid, we must get it from our foods. The symptoms from an omega-3 deficiency are difficult to diagnose, since the symptoms could be due to other health factors. Some symptoms to look for decide if you might need more omega-3 in your diet are brittle hair and nails, prone to colds, lack of endurance, joint pain, fatigue, depression, dry or itchy skin, and constipation.

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