What are the Health Benefits of Omega-3 and Omega-6 and How They are Different
The health benefits of omega-3 and omega-6 are many! These essential fatty acids are not produced by the body and must be obtained through our diet. Omega-3 and 6 are used for growth and repair in our bodies as well as for making other fatty acids needed such as DHA.
Very basically, mega 3 sources developed in the sea. Omega 6 sources are from plant seeds, meat, and dairy foods. By eating seed oils, oily fish such as salmon, and meat, eggs, and dairy foods, we can support our bodies’ needs for these raw materials.
Omega fatty acids 3 and 6 are two building blocks of the cell walls as well as components in regulating blood pressure and anti-inflammatory response.
Omega-3 is especially import in the prevention of fatal heart attacks and heart disease. It may also be important in diabetes and cancer research. It’s used to make EPA and DHA. Fatty acids are used by your eyes, brain and heart as well as by your nervous system and immune system.
There is a ratio of one to one of Omega-3 to Omega-6 needed for the body and brain to function properly. That ratio is skewed to twenty times higher Omega-6 to Omega-3 in the our typical diet here in the U.S. which is one of the reasons for the heart disease rates in this country. Our national diet has too much Omega-6 and we must find Omega-3 foods to eat to obtain a balance. Ratios in Omega-3 and 6 vary the world over by country because of the indigenous food they eat, but when the one to one ratio is of of balance, it is also a reason our brains degrade as we grow older.
Other differences in Omega-3 and 6 are in their chemical makeup, and that’s what gives them different “jobs” to do. Omega-3 helps prevent heart disease and is anti-inflammatory whereas Omega- 6 lowers blood cholesterol and supports healthy skin; each, when taken in balance, helps us maintain good health.
A good healthy diet will provide you with sufficient Omega 6 without supplementation; you can get too much Omega-6 in your diet if you eat larger quantities of certain foods like red meat. You need to either take Omega-3 as a supplement or adjust your diet to include two meals of oily fish each week (wild salmon, sardines). To fulfill your Omega-3 requirements you can also eat flaxseed meal added to foods you make, or eat nuts and fresh fruits for snacks.
My go to flaxseed oil supplement is Deva Vegan Flaxseed Oil. I really take a hard look at my vitamins before I include them in my daily regimen and definitely before I share that information with you! I’ve used this Omega-3 supplement for a while now and have been very happy with it!
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Cheryl A Major, CNWC