Essential fatty acids, such as Omega 3 and Omega 6 are constantly marketed as being extremely good for our health, and they are to a point, but they weren’t created equally and we are unintentionally over-doing it with one of them, potentially making ourselves sick!
Both Omega 3 and 6 in varying degrees are beneficial for skin, and hair growth, brain function, reproductive health, metabolic health, and bone health.
But today, we are unconsciously over-consuming Omega 6 to Omega 3 at a ratio of somewhere around 20:1, making us vastly deficient in Omega 3s.
Too much omega 6 trigger inflammatory and pain conditions, and are linked with heart problems, diabetes, lung disorders, weight gain and obesity.
A research paper published in the Biomedical Pharmacotherapy Journal, stated: “A lower ratio of Omega-6 to Omega-3 fatty acids is more desirable in reducing the risk of many of the chronic diseases of high prevalence in Western societies.”
The greatest contributor to this huge swing into the high Omega 6 diet we have, appears to be the use of soybean oil in almost all processed foods and snacks we consume on a daily bases, such as margarines, cooking oils, microwave popcorn and confectionary.
On the flip side is Omega 3, found in some seaweeds, fish, krill, fish oils, flax seeds and chia seeds.
Omega 3’s are very anti-inflammatory, so they can benefit heart health, pain, weight, allergies, cholesterol, skin problems and even brain development and function.
In one of many published research papers the Oxford Journals, from Oxford University UK, found that interestingly, most schizophrenic patients lack the Omega fats, principally, the Omega 3 fats!
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