Fatty Acids Have a Major Influence on Inflammatory Response and Information Flow

Volume 13    |   Issue 52

You may know that the omega-3 fatty acids that you get from sources such as fish oils are good for you. But it's not enough to just pop a supplement every once in a while. To enjoy optimal health, you need to make sure you're getting omega-3 and omega-6 fatty acids in the right ratio.

The reason you hear so much more about omega-3 fatty acids than about omega-6s is that omega-3s are both more beneficial and tend to be under-consumed. There are several plant derived omega-6 sources such as borage and primrose oil. But most of us are not getting this. We are getting hidden corn and vegetable oils. In fact, Westerners tend to consume a ratio of anywhere from 1:10 to 1:25 omega-3s to omega-6s. A better ratio would be 1:4 to 1:2 — that's a big difference!

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A lot of health writers and practitioners focus their attention on this ratio. But here's the good news. Don't worry about your ratio. All you need to do is simply increase your intake of alpha linoleum acid (ALA), eicosapentaenoic acid (EPA), and docosahexaenoic acid (DHA). Many studies show that this will take care of the ratio and give you all the health benefits you need.

Maintaining the perfect fatty acid ratio really doesn't matter. Add additional fresh green vegetables and dark fruit and fish or vegetarian sources of omega 3s a couple of times a week to your diet. These will help prevent the oxidation of less-healthy fats, as well as give you additional reinforcements in the fight against inflammation. And, of course, you can take a fish oil product like Complete Daily Oils to make sure you're getting enough good oils in your diet. Either with supplements or dietary strategies, maintain your fatty acids to insure less inflammation and better brain activity.







http://www.ncbi.nlm.nih.gov/m/pubmed/18449139/.

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