EFA (Essential Fatty
Acid) Requirement

EFA (Essential Fatty Acid) Requirement: Overview

Please refer to the discussion of this topic in the Recommendations/Treatments section.  This knowledge will help you decide what you should do as you read about "Essential Fatty Acids" there.

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Signs, symptoms & indicators of EFA (Essential Fatty Acid) Requirement:

Supplements and Medications

Symptoms - Head - Ears

Symptoms - Metabolic

Symptoms - Muscular

Symptoms - Skin - Conditions

Symptoms - Skin - General

Conditions that suggest EFA (Essential Fatty Acid) Requirement:

Autoimmune

Circulation

Poor/Slow Wound Healing

Failure to provide either omega-6 or omega-3 fatty acids in the diet results in poor wound healing.

Diet

Fat/Oil Craving

Our bodies instinctively seek out the nutrients our bodies are lacking.

Infections

Inflammation

Chronic Inflammation

In order to maintain proper balance of the antispasmodic and anti-inflammatory prostaglandins (PGE1 and PGE3) with the pro-spasmodic and pro-inflammatory prostaglandins (PGE2), it is critical to have the proper balance of essential fatty acids.  Without adequate amounts of both Omega-3 and Omega-6 oils in the diet, prostaglandin production will be reduced and problems may result.

Lab Values

Nutrients

Reproductive

Fibrocystic Breast Disease

Fatty acid profiles may be abnormal in women with fibrocystic breast disease.  Treatment with essential fatty acids may help to normalize this.  [Plasma fatty acid profiles in benign breast disorders.  Br J Surg, 1992 May, 79:5, pp.407-9]

Skin-Hair-Nails

Dandruff

A diet low in essential fatty acids can result in skin problems, such as dandruff.

Male Hair Loss

Essential fatty acid deficiency can results in dry, brittle hair and hair thinning or loss.

Female Hair Loss

Essential fatty acid deficiency can results in dry, brittle hair and hair thinning or loss.

Symptoms - Female

Risk factors for EFA (Essential Fatty Acid) Requirement:

Symptoms - Female

Symptoms - Food - Intake

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EFA (Essential Fatty Acid) Requirement suggests the following may be present:

Nutrients

EFA (Essential Fatty Acid) Requirement can lead to:

Circulation

Poor/Slow Wound Healing

Failure to provide either omega-6 or omega-3 fatty acids in the diet results in poor wound healing.

Recommendations for EFA (Essential Fatty Acid) Requirement:

Digestion

Nutrient

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