How To Keep Tabs On Your Fatty Acid Levels


It isn’t always easy to ascertain if or when you are running low in certain nutrients, the signs are quite often overlooked, or merge with a plethora of other potential causes! So what signs should you keep your antenna leaning towards when trying to keep on top  of your Omega oils and other fatty acids.

Various signs of potential fatty acid deficiency exists, but some of the main ones to look out for are excessive thirst, frequent urination, rough, dry or scaly skin, dry or lifeless hair, dandruff, and soft, weak and brittle nails. One of the most common signs of low fatty acid levels is follicular keratosis which manifests as small raised bumps on the skin as a result of dry, hard skin around the hair follicles. It makes sense if you think about the most common symptoms i.e. dry, scaly skin, weak, dry hair etc etc, and consider the characteristics of fatty acids and omega oils…they are lubricative in nature so a lack of these would likely lead to dryness and weakness in certain areas.

Other potential clinical signs of potential fatty acid deficiency, particularly omega-3 and 6 fatty acids might include allergic or atopic tendancies (eczema, asthma, hayfever etc), visual issues such as poor night vision, sensitivity to bright lights or trouble when reading. People may also notice attention deficits and difficulty staying focused, and sleep problems including difficulty settling for sleep, and trouble rousing in the morning.

NOTE: Many of these symptoms can be caused by other things and may not be a categorical sign that you are deficient in fatty acids. If you think your daily intake of the following is low, then chances are you might be low in some fatty acids:


-         Flaxseed

-         Walnuts

-         Sardines

-         Salmon

-         Soybeans

-         Tofu

-         Shrimp

-         Brussels sprouts

-         Cauliflower

-         Winter squash




-         Optimum Health Omega Oil Blend

-         Udo’s Choice Ultimate Oil Blend

-         CNP Professional Pro Omega

-         Optimum Nutrition Flaxseed Oil

-         Optimum Health Omega 3 Fish Oil

-         Sci- Mx Tri Omega EFA



Richardson, A & Ross, M. (2003). FAB Research Factsheet 002 - Physical Signs of Fatty Acid Deficiency. Retrieved 6th February, 2014, from

The world’s healthiest foods, (2013). Omega-3 fatty acids. Retrieved 6th February, 2014, from

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Job Role Qualified Dietitian and Sports Nutritionist Qualifications BSc (Hons) Sports Science | BSc (Hons) Dietetics Tom has always participated in sport both recreationally and competitively which led to an unquenchable thirst for information on anything health, nutrition and fitness. After leaving school Tom went on to play for a football academy during which time he studied Sport and Exercise Science. From here he went on to study a BSc (Hons) Sport Science at UEA followed by his second BSc (Hons) degree, this time at the University of Hertfordshire studying Dietetics. Tom has worked in the fitness, educational and clinical nutrition industry starting out at David Lloyd Health and Leisure Clubs. He then went on to work as a Dietitian (RD) in the NHS, during which time he conducted clinics for healthy eating, weight loss and weight gain, as well as specialised consultations on Diabetes, IBS and Coeliac disease to name a few. He has vast amounts of experience at devising diet plans and supplement regimens, as well as working in the community with schools and competitive athletes. As Head Nutritionist and Supplement expert at Discount Supplements Tom is here to provide current and evidence based health and nutrition information to help you reach your health and fitness goals!
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