How fast does improving Omega 6:3 ratios take to work?

Answered on August 19, 2014
Created May 31, 2012 at 1:22 PM

I have the impression that fish oil (omega 3) supplementation takes many, many months before any benefit can be felt.

If true, does the same hold true for cutting out omega 6 seed oils & nuts to improve the ratio of omega 6:3 ??

I know that anything that ends in 'itis' means inflammation, and that omega 3 is anti-inflammation, so I'm curious if the omega 6:3 might be helpful to improve tendinitis.

During the last 3 months, I've done a good job of reducing the total quantity of Omega 6 oils, and increasing saturated fats. Now I'm ready to focus on the ratio of the remaining PUFA.

Just curious,



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on May 31, 2012
at 02:19 PM

In rats, about a year: http://www.westonaprice.org/blogs/cmasterjohn/2012/05/17/ajcn-publishes-a-new-pufa-study-that-should-make-us-long-for-the-old-days/

So, it's reasonable to believe that it takes at least as long for the process to be mostly complete in humans.

I believe effects of the omega-3s on blood lipids, etc. show up sooner, though.


on June 01, 2012
at 02:17 AM

I don't know.. Within a couple weeks of decreasing omega-6 and supplementing with liquid fish oil, salmon, and grass fed meat and coconut oil inflammation severely decreased. Maybe internally it takes longer thOugh-- makes sense



on May 31, 2012
at 02:55 PM

It will take awhile to convert your body fat. However eating wild salmon etc does have immediate health benifits for some people with regards to weight loss.

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