Omega-6 To Omega-3 Fatty Acids: What Is The Ideal Ratio?
We hear about omega fatty acids all the time. Omega-3, omega-6, yeah, whatever that means…they’re a good thing, right?
Well, yes and no. Our bodies need both of these building blocks and they can only be derived from food, however, the key is how much of which for a healthy balance.
The balance is significant because some omega-6 tends to cause inflammation while omega-3 reduces it.
Chronic inflammation in the body leads to all kinds of adverse reactions besides simply pain: heart disease, stroke, arthritis, diabetes, cancer, and more.
Scientists and nutritionists vary on the optimal ratio of omegas—the range is 1:1 to 4:1 of omega-6 to omega-3. In the North American diet, the typical ratio is 16:1. That’s bad, by any standard. What this means is that inflammation can run rampant and do its nasty deeds.
Omegas are critical for brain, skin, and hair growth and development.
The dominance of omega-6 fatty acids occurs as the result of increased intake of processed and fatty foods—along with an excess of animal fats—and the decrease of foods containing omega-3s to counteract them.
The answer to balance, of course, is not simply to eat more fats that contain omega-3; be mindful of what you’re eating to reduce the omega-6 and make sure you’re getting enough omega-3 and you’ll meet in the middle.
How to Adjust?
Cut down (better yet, cut out) on processed foods that contain lots of added fats like processed oils (soy, corn, sunflower, and cottonseed), grain-fed meats (cattle naturally eat grass, not corn) and fast food. Better sources are olive oil, black currants, hemp oil, avocados, leafy vegetables, raw nuts, and seeds.
If we don’t have enough omega-3 or too much omega-6, the development of all healthy components of the spectrum of essential fatty acids doesn’t happen, putting us at risk for illness and disease.
There are plenty of healthy sources of omega-3: flax, eggs, fatty fish oil, algae, pumpkin seeds, chia seeds, grass-fed meats, wild fish, and walnuts to name a few.
(All fish oils are not created equal, however, and you need to know what to look for. Potency, additional nutrients, standards of purity, freshness, and sustainability are all factors to consider.)
Omega fatty acids are at once complex and simple.
There are several types of omega-3 and omega-6 fatty acids and all are used in the body; some are used directly to support immunity, blood, and organ health, and some are converted by the body to be used in an alternate form.
You don’t have to know what they all are to know that too much processed fat causes problems with the liver and problems with the liver affect everything else.
Sixty percent of the brain is fat and not enough omega-3 (DHA) or too much of omega-6 fatty acids can have an impact on memory, cognition, and the development of degenerative disease.
The only way to know the levels of these fatty acids in our bodies is through a blood test. You can probably take a wild guess, however, based on the foods you eat to ascertain whether you’re getting too much omega-6 and/or not enough omega-3. As in many things in life, balance is the key.
Don't Take Our Word For it! Here's What Our Customers Think:
My doctor told me I needed these the ones I had gotten at the drug store were like horse pills and I could not swallow them. These are much better and smaller and so easier to take.
Janet *Results may vary from person to person
I'm surprised to say that this stuff seems to work for me. I take one pill with breakfast and it seems to curb my sugar cravings for the rest of the day.
Hally *Results may vary from person to person
I just had my third heart valve replacement on June 23 2016 and the doctors were amazed at how well i tolerated the surgery and my recovery was swift. I have been taking the Nutrusta Ubiquinol for about two years and the benifits are amazing. This is the real deal. Anyone undergoing any type surgery should consider trieng this amazing supplement
William *Results may vary from eprson to person
This product worked very well for me - I'm very religious about taking fish oil and this didn't cause any negative side effects and it didn't give me any fishy tasting burps. I'm very happy with this product and definitely recommend it!
Richard *Results may vary from person to person
This product is the first and only supplement I've ever tried that actually helps to reduce cravings and appetite. I do take more than the one daily recommended, but the label also states, "or as prescribed by physician".
Fran *Results may vary from person to person
I would like to share my experience to this amazing product as soon as i recieved the product i tried and its work!my sugar before its shooting so high but then just 3 days of taking this supplement my sugar gone down lower than the required by my Dr
No name *Results may vary from person to person
I've been using it for about three months and it really seems to work well. I like that it's a lot of CoQ10 in just one dose.
Sooraj *Results may vary from person to person
I think this is one of the best fish oil supplements that I've taken so far - I can feel a noticeable difference in my body. I didn't experience any negative side effects or fishy tasting burps. I would definitely recommend this product.
Green *Results may vary from person to person
This specific brand of Coq 10 was recommended to me by one of my doctors to control migraine headaches. I have been taking it for over two months and so far, so good. No migraines.
Juani *Results may vary from person to person
It has helped with sugar cravings, and reduced my a1Cs 3 tenths of a point in two weeks. Additionally, it has helped with weight loss.
FREE SHIPPING ABOVE $100Free shipping when you order over XXYou Have Qualified for Free ShippingSpend $x to Unlock Free ShippingYou Have Achieved Free ShippingFREE SHIPPING ABOVE $100Spend $100 To Unlock Free ShippingYou Have Achieved Free ShippingFree shipping when you order over XXou Have Qualified for Free Shipping