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Fat is Good

Updated on September 25, 2006

Omega-3 and 6 Fatty Acids

Yes, fat is good, but not just any fat.

Omega-3 fatty acid is an essential fat that the body must obtain from our ordinary diet. It is available in fish oil, mostly sprat, salmon,sardines and less in tuna and trout. It may also be obtained from vegetaian sources such as sea algea, flaxseed, hemp oil, canola oil, walnuts and other dark green vegetables. As a vegetarian, I am always searching for better sources of non-animal commercially available Omega-3 fatty acids.

Omega-3 fatty acids play a critical role in the overall well being of a human during the different stages of life. It is essential to the development and maintenance of the brain cells. It is also critical to the vision system. In all, it is an important part of cell generation, maintenance and prevention of many of the degenerative sicknesses associated with aging.

Our typical diet tends to be richer in Omega-6 fatty acids. It is well documented that a lower ratio of Omega-3 to Omega-6 fatty acids is better for a healthy body. Typical intake may include 1:10 ratio of Omega-3 to Omega-6. A much lower ratio of, say 1:3, 1:2 or even 1:1 is more desirable.


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      vic 11 years ago

      Omega-9 fatty acid is equally important for the body and its immune system. However, it is not an essential fatty acid so the body can produce some. Also, in our normal diet, similar to Omega-6, we seem to get more of it than Omega-3. Acai and olives offer a lot of Omega-9.

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      Jason Menayan 11 years ago from San Francisco

      What exactly are omega-9 fatty acids, and do we need them like omega-3? I recently drank an Acai drink which had a lot of omega-9 and was wondering if that was a good thing or a bad thing.