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Posted on 01-28-2015

This Deficiency Found to be More Deadly than Trans Fats

A recent study from Harvard University and the Center for Disease Control found that Omega-3 deficiencies cause 96,000 deaths per year¹.  Omega-3 fatty acids have been found to play a critical role in the development of the central nervous system.  Research continues to link the association between omega-3 fatty acids (alpha-linolenic, eicosapentaenoic, docosahexaenoic) and depressive disorders.

Why are Omega-3 fatty acids important?

The connection is found through epidemiological, laboratory and clinical studies linking dietary lipids and other nutritional factors to clinical outcomes in depression management. 

Omega-3s are some of the “good” fats necessary for a healthy diet, but they are not naturally produced in your body. 

 It is important to have the perfect ratio of omega-3 and omega-6 in the diet.  Omega-3 fatty acids help reduce inflammation while omega-6 promote inflammation.

Omega-3 fatty acids are highly concentrated in the brain and have been found to be very important in brain memory, performance and behavioral functions.

Infants with omega-3 deficiencies are at risk for developing vision and neurological conditions.

Some symptoms of omega-3 deficiency are:

  • Poor memory

  • Weakened immune system

  • Mood swings

  • Dementia

  • Depression

How much Omega-3 do we need?

The Standard American Diet (SAD) often contains 25 times more omega-6 than omega -3 fatty acids.  The Perfect Ratio Omega has been formulated to promote the ideal 2:1 ratio of Omega 6 and 3² .. 

A number of recent studies now link cognitive decline and Alzheimer’s disease with omega-3 and 6 imbalances.  Scientists now believe proper supplementation and improved dietary factors to have a preventative quality in the production of these conditions.
Due to the risk of possible side effects and drug interactions, you should only take dietary supplements under the supervision of a qualified healthcare professional.  Our office will be able to encourage and support you and your specific health condition

Best Sources of Omega-3

  • Fish oil- a supplement of fish oil is the best source of omega-3 fatty acids

  • Flaxseed / flaxseed oil- flaxseed is a great source but flaxseed oil is more condensed than regular flaxseeds

  • Fish- Salmon, Trout, and other fish types are great ways to get omega-3 fatty acids in your daily diet.

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