Throughout human history, mankind has ingested an approximate equal proportion (1/1 ratio) of Omega6 to Omega3 fatty acids. The Omega 6 and 3 are two of the forty-nine known essential nutrients.
As essential nutrients, they cannot be synthesized by the body, but must be ingested directly in foods or in the form of dietary supplements.
Omegas 3 & 6 balancing act is critical. They self-check each other in precise measures to regulate thousands of metabolic functions. Nearly every biologic function is somehow interconnected with the delicate balance between Omega 6 and Omega 3.
Omega 3’s are intimately involved in the control of inflammation, cardiovascular health, myelin sheath development, allergic reactivity, immune response, hormone modulation, IQ, and behavior.
A seemingly minor, yet major change in this delicate Omega balance can have absolutely hazardous health effects. The rapid increase in dietary fat intake in only the last 50-100 years has bewildered the human biophysiology. Our bodies were created to function optimally, on equal proportions of dietary Omegas.
Diets that provide Omega 6 oils, stimulate pro-inflammatory pathways in the body. Omega 3’s on the other hand stimulate anti-inflammatory pathways.
Omega 6's are coined as “bad” and Omega 3’sas“good”.
Recommended Amount: 1-omega 3 to 4-omega 6's (1:4)
and 1-omega 3 to 6-omega 6's (1:6) depending on your age and sex.
It is important to remember, however that - BOTH - are essential for human health, and the balance of both Omega 3 and 6, in relation to each other that is important.
Dominant Omega 6 in the body can create a situation that promotes chronic inflammation, propagation of cancer, heart disease, stroke, diabetes, arthritis, and auto immunity.
The body’s inflammatory response is intimately regulated by Omega3’s, and this inflammatory response was created to respond to acute injury or microbial attack. If our inflammatory responses are needlessly provoked, damage to tissue and organs of the body occurs.
The reduction of Omega 3 in the diet of the industrialized nations has created a situation of chronic inflammation in people. In this case, the symptom of inflammation precedes the disease.
As inflammation leads to disease a vicious circle of inflammation of disease is formed.
What is the Recommended Daily Amount of Omega 3 required?
Is it really Important to our Health?
Triple Omega 3
DHA - EPA - DPA
How important is the balance between Omega 3 and Omega 6?
Omega-3 shortage is positively correlated with over 50 diseases and illnessesincluding the dreaded diseases of *Cancer*-*Heart Disease*-*Diabetes*-*Stroke*-and-*Arthritis*.
The so-called western degenerative diseases have risen in a near perfect linear fashion with the elimination of Omega 3, and the over-provision of Omega 6 in the food chain. In many regards saturated fats may have been ruled guilty by association, as the cause of cardiovascular disease, but it appears to be more closely related to an increase vegetable oil intake than it does to saturated fats.
The United States Department of Health and Nutritional Services, The National Institute of Health, and the Life Sciences Research Offices of the Council for Responsible Nutrition have agreed that the daily intake of Omega 3 should increase to 1-3 grams per day. The World Health Organization (WHO) recently recommended that the daily intake of omega 3 should be increased above that consumed today by mature adults.
It is important to note that, as in the case of Vitamin C, Omega 3's do not store well in the body and therefore must be replenished on a daily basis. An Omega 3 supplement is the best method of ensuring an adequate Omega 3 daily intake.
Perhaps it should come as no surprise that supplemental intake of Omega 3 Supplements, on a regular ongoing basis, greatly improves all of the 50 known Omega 3 deficiency conditions.