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Are You Taking Omega 3-6-9? STOP AND READ!!

Updated: Nov 12, 2022

When we reach for Omega supplements we tend to opt for Omega 3-6-9 which contains all three types of Omega but are they doing us any good? Far from it!

Our body makes it's own omega-9 so it isn't really necessary to supplement this but it cannot make omega-3 and 6. It is very easy to get omega-6 from our diet….far too easy it seems. It is present in our modern day diet in ample amounts - fast food, cured meats, bread, eggs to name but a few.

In reality most people should be decreasing our omega-6 intake and increasing our omega-3 to get the safe ratio...but why?

In times gone by when we lived off the land our omega 6 and 3 ratio was 1:1. Over the course of human evolution and because of the modern day diet there has been a dramatic change in the ratio of omega-6 and omega-3 fats consumed in the diet. Nowadays, the average diet is a ratio of anywhere roughly between 10:1 and 25:1 This is an extremely unbalanced ratio causing an alarmingly high amount of health problems because the safe ratio is a maximum of 4:1.

This change, perhaps more than any other dietary factor, has contributed to the epidemic of modern disease. Of course we need Omega-6 but too much is health damaging .. and most of us are getting far too much.

A diet with a lot of omega-6 and not much omega-3 will increase inflammation within the body which cancer cells love. A diet with a lot of omega-3 and not much omega-6 will reduce inflammation.

The billion dollar Big Pharma industry is well aware of the effect of omega-6 on inflammation. Ibuprofen, aspirin etc. work by reducing the formation of inflammatory compounds derived from omega-6 fatty acids. The same effect could be achieved by simply limiting dietary intake of omega-6. The drug companies of course don’t want you to know that, that would mean less profit for them.

So what are the consequences to human health of too much omega-6? The list includes (but isn’t limited to):

  • cardiovascular disease

  • type 2 diabetes

  • obesity

  • metabolic syndrome

  • irritable bowel syndrome & inflammatory bowel disease

  • macular degeneration

  • rheumatoid arthritis

  • asthma

  • cancer

  • psychiatric disorders

  • autoimmune diseases

We need to balance out that ratioIn studies the relationship between intake omega-6 fats and cardiovascular mortality is particularly striking. On the other hand, several clinical studies have shown that decreasing the omega-6 to omega-3 ratio protects against chronic, degenerative diseases. One study showed that replacing corn oil with olive oil and canola oil led to a 70% decrease in total mortality. That is no small difference.

Another efficient way to lower the ratio of too much omega-6 in ratio to omega-3 is to take omega-3 supplements and eat more omega-3 rich food. In fact I personally believe everyone should take an Omega-3 supplement as the average modern day diet just isn't giving us enough. Beware though, the Omega-3 supplements you can buy off the shelf are not all equal and there are a lot of inferior products out their in leading chainstores!

Without a doubt, fish oil supplements can play an important role in increasing intake of omega-3 fats. As tempting as it may be to take large doses of fish oil supplements to balance the dietary omega-6 to omega-3 ratio, it’s best to stick to the recommended dosages to provide the right amount of omega-3 fats and then correct the omega ratio by directly addressing omega-6 fat consumption—preferably through whole foods.

*Patients suffering from a clotting disorder or those taking antihypertensive, anticoagulant, or antiplatelet agents should consult their physician before taking fish oil supplements.

  • Depression

  • Inflammation and Arthritis

  • Weight Gain

  • Heart Disease

  • Difficulty Concentrating

  • Unhealthy Skin

  • Memory Loss

  • Poor Immune System

  • Fatigue

  • Eyesight Problems / Macular Degeneration

Foods Rich Omega 3 Are

Seafood - Mackerel, Salmon, Herring, Cod Liver Oil, Sea Bass, Oysters, Sardines, Trout, Shrimp

Vegetarian - Seaweed and Algae (Seaweed, Spirulina, Chlorella, Nori), Chia Seeds, Hemp Seeds and Oil, Flax Seeds and Oil, Edamame Beans, Walnuts, Kidney Beans.

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