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Conflicts With Six - Omega 6

Updated on July 15, 2012

Omega Fats 101

Omega fats work very much like vitamins, in-fact when they were first discovered in the 1920’s they were called vitamin F. The typical American diet ranks very poorly when it comes to being healthy. Even if you consider yourself as a health conscious person, or a vegetarian, or a person who consumes raw food, the chances are that your diet is lacking in Omega-3 even if you take Omega-3 supplements. Why? There are many reasons but one of the biggest has to do with way too much Omega-6, particularly processed food sources of Omega-6. This omega fat is for all intents and purposes the opposite of Omega-3.

If you remember nothing else from reading this article then remember this;

A lot of Omega-3 = good.

A lot of Omega-6 = bad.

Omega-3 heals and gets rid of inflammation.

Omega-6 does not heal and causes inflammation.

Omega-3 will lower your blood pressure.

Omega-6 will raise your blood pressure.

Omega-3 help to reduce cancer cell growth.

Omega-6 have been found to cause cancer growth.

There are other examples, but you get the idea. Just as there are good and bad cholesterol, there are good and bad Omega fats. Too much Omega-6 from what you eat is bad, very bad. Olive oil is in the Omega-9 group which is considered to be healthy, however buying a Omega-9 supplement is a waste of money because you don’t need very much of it, and a handful of olives taste much better than a supplement ever will, not to mention cost less. So of all the omega fats (Omega-3, Omega-6, Omega-9) the only one that you need to add to your diet is Omega-3. Most people get plenty of the short chain Omega-3 (ALA) in their diet, so that narrows it down to only needing to add the Omega-3 long chain (EPA and DHA) to your diet.

Not only does too much Omega-6 have a toxic effect on your body, but in the standard American diet (SAD) it out numbers your Omega-3 consumption in some cases by up to 50 times! Omega-6 is not all bad. Our ancestors had an Omega-6/Omega-3 ratio closer to 1:1 which is fine. The problem is that in the American diet we eat so many foods that contain Omega-6 that we have thrown the balance between Omega-6 and Omega-3 completely off balance. Today most Americans have a 20:1 ratio of Omega-6 to Omega-3, which will have detrimental effects on your health.

As if that wasn’t bad enough, too much Omega-6 in your body will directly interfere with the health benefits of Omega-3. That's right, if you’re taking a Omega-3 supplement and haven’t noticed many health improvements, DON’T blame your Omega-3, blame the fact that you have way too much Omega-6 in your body. The answer is NOT to take more Omega-3. Remember, you need to limit the amount of fat in your diet, not consume more of it. The answer to this issue is to LOWER your Omega-6 consumption while still taking Omega-3. Believe it or not there are actually omega fat supplements that contain Omega-6 in them. Stay away from these supplements unless you enjoy shooting yourself in your foot. They are for the most part a total waste of your hard earned money. Instead buy a good quality Omega-3 supplement that contains both long and short chain. I’ll get into how you can tell which is which in a minute.

Omega-3 Deficiency Kills

Think Omega-3 is just another supplement that you need to take to be healthy? Think again. A recent study from Harvard University now shows that Omega-3 deficiency is possibly the sixth biggest killer of Americans and rising. What's so sad is that it is all preventable with quality Omega-3 supplementation.


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