No, dry skin can be a visible sign of the body lacking essential fatty acids, also bumpy skin on the back of the upper arm. The body will prioritize the cells in the internal vital organs first, and therefore the skin will be the last organ to get the necessary fats.
Other known symptoms of a lack of fatty acids can be:
- Poor brain development
- Problems maintaining focus and attention
- Mood swings, emotional lability
- Internal tension/unrest
- Anxiety, depression
- Increased thirst, frequent urination and large quantities of urine
- Atopic illness (especially eczema)
- Dry hair and dandruff, soft or brittle nails
- Reduced growth
EFSA – The EU’s food safety authority, reports that adults only get 32% of the recommended daily amount of Omega-3, and that children get only 25%. In Western Europe and the USA there is a big underconsumption of essential Omega-3 fatty acids and a corresponding overconsuption of pain-reducing medication because of various types of inflammation-based illnesses.