Below is such a great article on the importance of balance when it comes to your omega-3 and omega-6 ratios. It describes the two fats, gives examples of each, and also lists suggestions on how to reach a balance in order to decrease your risk of disease. It’s definitely a must read!
As a person who struggles with anxiety and autoimmune issues, I find this topic extremely important because I can tell when my balance is off. My skin acts up, my digestion worsens, and my stress level increases. Your body is always talking to you, you just have to listen – that’s one of my biggest mottos in life. Give it some thought, then listen to what your body has to tell you.
Omega-3 fats = good for the body and your health but lacking in our diets today.
Omega-6 fats = good for your health but large amounts are present in the American diet today which can negatively affect fat ratios and cause health problems.
Why the Ratio Matters?
Research states that as omega-6 consumption has risen, so have the rates of heart disease and other health related issues. Coincidentally, at the same time, consumption of omega-3 fats have decreased.
The bottom line is that a balance needs to be obtained between the two fats to create that healthy equilibrium we all should strive to achieve. This can be difficult to achieve with our modern-day food supply so supplementation may be needed. However, how much supplementation depends on the person, that individuals diet, or current health status.
HEALTHY SOURCES OF…
Omega-3 fatty acids: fish oil, salmon, tuna, chia seeds, flax seeds, egg yolks, and spinach
Omega-6 fatty acids: whole grain bread, poultry, sunflower seeds, and pumpkin seeds.
Another great article!
I love this quote from Chris Kresser in the article, it explains the issue in a nutshell:
“the more omega-3 fat you eat, the less omega-6 will be available to the tissues to produce inflammation. Omega-6 is pro-inflammatory, while omega-3 is neutral. A diet with a lot of omega-6 and not much omega-3 will increase inflammation. A diet of a lot of omega-3 and not much omega-6 will reduce inflammation.”