What are they?
Omega-6 and Omega-3 fatty acids are called polyunsaturated because they have many double bonds (poly = many). Their longer length and multiple flex points enable them to play roles in our health that other fats cannot.
Why are they named essential fatty acids?
Our bodies don’t have the enzymes to produce them and therefore we must get them from the diet. If our diet lack them we develop deficiencies and become sick.
What is the difference?
Omega 3: Is Anti-inflammatory. The body does not make Omega-3 fatty acids so they must be obtained from foods.
Omega 6: Is Pro-inflammatory. Is abundant in the Western diet so much so majority of population consume 15 times more than Omega 3
Why is the Omega 6 : Omega 3 Ratio important?
2:1 is the ideal ratio
The typically the western diet consume WAY TOO MUCH OMEGA 6! As it is more abundant in our diet. This throws out the ratio and places stress on the body by promoting inflammatory state.
Inflammation is one of the leading causes of heart disease, metabolic syndrome, diabetes, arthritis, Alzheimer’s, many types of cancer. Not only this but inflammation
How to avoid imbalanced ratio?
Consume food rich in Omega 3 such as:
· Green Leafy Vegetables
· Brazil Nuts
· Hempseed Oil
· Mustard Seeds
· Pumpkin Seeds
· Chia Seed Oil
· Wheat Germ Oil
· Canola Oil (Rapeseed)
· Raw Walnuts & Walnut Oil
· Flaxseeds or Flaxseed Oil
· Supplement with BePure Three
Scientist believe that our ancestors consumed Omega-6 and Omega-3 fats in a ratio of close to 1:1. As vegetable oil consumption and processed grain consumption have risen
Vegetable oils are very high in Omega-6 fats:
Safflower oil is 75% Omega-6 and 0% Omega-3
Sunflower, Corn, Cottonseed and Soybean oils are all more than 50% Omega-6 fats with 0% Omega-3s
Fish oils are 0% Omega-6 and 100% Omega-3!
Luke Taylor – Taylored Fitness