The Omega Balance

Research into omega-6 and omega-3 fatty acids shows a dramatic story. Studies suggest that the human race originally evolved on a diet with a ratio of omega-6 to omega-3 essential fatty acids of approximately 1 to 1. Given this background, our bodies still want to receive that ratio for nutritional balance. However, western diets lack this indispensable balance. They tend to contain omega-6 to omega-3 ratios of 15-16:1. As far as the human body is concerned, that’s way too much omega-6 and far too little omega-3!

These excessive amounts of omega-6 polyunsaturated fatty acids are the likely culprits of many chronic health issues rampant in today’s western society, including problems caused by chronic inflammation and immune system issues. Dr. Artemis P. Simopoulos, founder of the Center for Genetics, Nutrition and Health in Washington, DC, and formerly of the National Institutes of Health and the National Academy of Sciences, is a well-respected expert on the omega balance. In a paper published in the journal Experimental Biology and Medicine, she wrote “[a] lower ratio of omega-6/omega-3 fatty acids is more desirable in reducing the risk of many of the chronic diseases of high prevalence in Western societies.”

Eicosapentanaenoic acid (EPA) and docosahexaenoic acid (DHA) are two of the three essential omega-3 fatty acids. The third is alpha-linolenic acid (ALA). The body is able to create EPA and DHA if it has a sufficient amount of ALA and the proper omega-6 fatty acids. Omega-6 fatty acids include linoleic acid, arachidonic acid (AA), docosapentaenoic acid and more.

The problem is not omega-6 fatty acids, per se. The problem is the overabundance of omega-6 fatty acids in today’s diet, and the lack of sufficient omega-3 fatty acids. The body wants to return to that original one-to-one balance, and it is up to us to try harder to reach that balance in our daily diet.

It’s time to reclaim the desired one-to-one ratio of omega-6 to omega-3 fatty acids in our diets. Bringing this balance back into alignment with your body will do an incredible amount of good for your health. It may require some realignment in your diet, better choices in cooking oils, and less fried foods, but the positive benefits for your health can be dramatic!

A great way to start getting back to that 1:1 ratio of omega-6s to omega-3s is E. EXCEL Essential Blend™ cooking oil. With a blend of macadamia nut oil and perilla seed oil, Essential Blend is great for all your cooking needs, from frying to baking to salad dressings! May we suggest our Vegecolor Savory Muffins or perhaps the Strawberry Vinaigrette