Making Sense Out Of Omega-3 and Omega-6 And The Right Balance
Feb 11’th … Yesterday they had a news special on Omega 6 and Omega 3, and said exactly what it says in this post. Too much Omega 6 can cause heart disease / conditions …. Just saying, we need to be careful!
According to MayoClinic: “High levels of omega-6 fatty acids have been linked to an increased risk of some conditions such as heart disease and depression. Omega–3 fatty acids are thought to provide a wide range of health benefits, including a lower risk of coronary heart disease and improvement in cholesterol.”
Omega 3’s Are Fatty Acids, (unsaturated fats) – EPA and DHA. These are essential fatty acids that you need to ingest. the body cannot make them.
Omega 6’s Are Also Fatty Acids (unsaturated fats) – Some medical research suggests that excessive levels of Omega 6 fatty acids, relative to Omega 3 fatty acids, may increase the probability of a number of diseases and depression. For optimum health, these two Omegas need to be in a certain balance, a ratio. ( And so, isn’t life all about balance)
Dietary sources of Omega 6 fatty acids include:
* poultry* eggs* avocado* nuts* cereals* whole-grain breads* most vegetable oils* evening primrose oil* borage oil* blackcurrant seed oil* flax/linseed oil* rapeseed or canola oil* hemp oil* soybean oil* cottonseed oil* sunflower seed oil* corn oil* safflower oil* pumpkin seeds* acai berry* Cashews
For most of the time humans have been on earth we have eaten foods containing omega-6’s and omega-3’s in a ratio of about 2:1.
This is NOT good, because, over the last 50 years in North America, the ratio has changed to from 2:1 to 10-20:1.
We consume way too many plant oils, in prepared foods, junk foods and “easy” to cook foods. These are mostly from corn oil, safflower oil, cottonseed oil, peanut oil, soybean oil. We have decreased our intake of omega-3’s, found primarily in whole grains, beans and other seeds,(As ALA and then converted to EPA) then to DHA) and seafood.
The most efficient way to get Omega 3 is from Fish Oil, they can be taken in their correct dosage, and do not need to efficiency of our bodies to convert them.
Again, please remember, this website is for information, for the scientific documentations just do some searching on the internet ….