Omega 3, Omega 6 -- Balancing the Omega Fats

Psychiatrists, cardiologists, nutritionists and immunologists all agree that Omega 6 and Omega 3 should be balanced 1:1, but at this point the ratio in the North American diet is 20:1, O6 to O3.

The brain needs more Omega 3 to balance Omega 6 -- so where do we get more Omega 3? Alpha-linolenic acid (Omega 3) comes from fish:

  • salmon
  • sardines
  • mackerel
  • albacore tuna
  • rainbow trout
  • dark green leafy vegetables
  • flaxseed.

Omega 3's eicosapen taenoic acid (EPA) is required for hormone production and doxosahexaenoic acid (DHA) is required for brain development and function as well as vision. Linoleic acid Omega 6 has arachidonic acid (AA) which is required for brain function and hormone production.

Omega 6 cannot be made by the body and must be obtained from our food. Omega 6 comes from:

  • seeds
  • nuts
  • grains
  • vegetables
  • fish
  • dairy
  • eggs
  • meat.

From derivatives of Omega 3 and Omega 6 the body makes the hormones, eicosanoids and prostaglandins which regulate everything in the body all the time. The hormones estrogen, testosterone and cortisone are made from CHOLESTEROL! (Who knew?)

An essential nutrient is a substance the body must have to live and function, but cannot make, so must get it from food or supplement. A nutrient is essential if at least one biochemical reaction cannot happen without it. If the body gets too little of an essential nutrient, deficiency symptoms degenerative in nature appear and worsen with time. If the essential nutrient is not supplied, the body dies. Essential nutrients include the essential fatty acids, 20 minerals and 13 vitamins.

Diets that include the healing oils with the essential fatty acids help adults feel calm and cope with stress better. The healing oils help the elderly see better, process information and learn faster. Healing oils reduce learning problems, reduce criminal behavior and reduce mental illness.

Pregnant mothers need these healing oils with the essential fatty acids because theirs are depleted by the fetus. Thus women are more susceptible to:

  • Fatigue
  • Depression
  • Fibromyalgia
  • Chronic fatigue
  • Collagen disease
  • Inflammatory conditions and allergies
  • Autoimmune conditions
  • Digestive problems

Twenty two years ago Prevention Magazine's article "Nutritional Breakthrough of the Eighties-Omega3" proclaimed that Eskimos ate more fat than anyone else but had little to no heart disease because their fats came from fish and reduced harmful cholesterol and triglicerides. It continued to state that Omega 3 offers pain relief from rheumatoid arthritis, reduces itchy scaling from psoriasis, reduces migraines, fights effects of protaglandins that encourage tumors and makes blood cells clot. Omega 3 makes clots "break up and move along".

It took 50 years after Dr Lind's answer to scurvy before they put limes on sea-going ships. Do we have to wait 50 years?

Talk around the water cooler shows that people are aware of Omega 3 now. It is the latest "gotta have" supplement following the latest vitamin D craze. The people are leading the medics. Now that we are learning that besides improving cardiovascular health and inflammatory conditions, it also improves memory, attention, mental and emotional problems. What are we waiting for? It's just food, folks! This is the food that Hercule Poirot must have had lots of for his "little grey cells". It is abundant in the cortex of the brain where learning and reasoning stem from. Unless you'd rather your brain substituted other fats for the real thing forcing you to suffer memory loss, lower IQ than you have now, difficulty in concentration and (worse) dementia. These can be avoided or sometimes reversed with fish oil.

Here are some new thoughts for children. Fish oil with its Omega 3 could well be the answer as a treatment for ADHD. Let's get them off drugs like Ritalin and substitute fish oil. It's safer and more effective. It is now being studied as a treatment for autism and Asberger's syndrome. One study showed fatty acid supplements improved their language and learning skills.

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Deficiency symptoms for Omega 3 include:

  • Retarded growth
  • Behavioral change
  • Weakness
  • Weakened vision
  • Learning problems
  • Depression
  • Hyper-activity
  • Attention deficit
  • Dyslexia
  • Poor motor coordination
  • Poor muscle growth
  • Impaired healing of injuries
  • Tingling in arms and legs
  • Insulin resistance
  • High triglycerides
  • High blood pressure
  • Sticky platelets
  • Tendency to form clots in arteries (heart attack, stroke, embolism)
  • High lipoprotein
  • Inflammation in tissues
  • Leaky gut
  • Allergies
  • Auto immune conditions
  • Increased succeptability to tumors
  • Edema
  • Dry or inflamed skin
  • Low metabolic rate
  • Low energy
  • Lowered thyroid and adrenal function
  • Low testosterone

Deficiency symptoms for Omega 6 include:

  • Eczema like skin eruptions
  • Hair loss
  • Water loss with attendant thirst (often in hyperactive children)
  • Behavioral changes
  • Fatty infiltration of liver
  • Kidney mal-function
  • Drying of glands
  • Susceptibility to infection
  • Failure of wounds to heal
  • Male sterility
  • Miscarriage (in female)
  • Arthritis-like condition
  • Heartbeat abnormalities (leading to cardiac arrest)
  • Growth retardation
  • Dry skin and hair
  • Brittle nails
  • Dry eyes
  • Elevated cholesterol

Essential fatty acids improve energy and stamina by:

  • Making red blood cells more flexible and interior of arteries more slippery (easier for cells to deliver nutrients and oxygen)
  • Optimizing production of hemoglobin to bring oxygen to cells
  • Optimizing glandular functions
  • Increasing production of enzymes for energy, heat and fat burning
  • Increasing metabolism
  • Helping to dump excess water
  • Suppressing appetite
  • Elevating mood


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