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Essential Fatty Acids

Essential fatty acids are polyunsaturated fatty acids that cannot be created within the human body and must therefore be obtained from the diet

Some people think that individuals with autism do not have enough EFAs, or that they have a poor balance of EFAs i.e. too much omega-6 fatty acid and not enough omega-3 fatty acid.

They think that this may cause some of the symptoms of autism, such as impaired communication and social difficulties. They believe that these difficulties can be overcome by following a diet rich in essential fatty acids or by taking supplements which contain the right kinds of fatty acid.

There is a wide range of supplements which contain essential fatty acids from a variety of sources such as borage, cod liver oil, evening primrose etc.

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