A healthy balance of omega 3 and 6 fatty acids is essential in the human diet and the body unfortunately does not produce it on its own and therefore it’s required through diet. Hence they are known as “essential fatty acids”.
Omega 3 and 6 have important roles in the body such as managing inflammation and heart diseases, hormone production, boosts the immune system, and have beneficial effects with your mental health.
When it comes to these acids it’s not necessarily always about how much of you get of it in your diet rather than the ratios. Studies have typically shown that an omega 6 to 3 ratio of 4:1 is what is considered healthy.
Due to the amount of foods that are high in omega 6 such as most processed foods and vegetable oils, it’s common to see these ratios hit above 12:1.
As Omega 6 is quite an unstable fatty acid it has the ability to oxidise readily under heat and becomes toxic to the body. These toxins then will continue to flow through your blood potentially harming your DNA, heart tissue, and raises the risk of other types of cancer and brain functionality.
Avoiding the processed foods and vegetable oils is a must for lowering your omega 6 fatty acids and replacing them with foods high in omega 3s such as wild salmon, sardines, nuts, and seeds.
Remember both of these fatty acids are essential and it’s the ratios that count!
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