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# A for instance about omega 6's

Created May 18, 2011 at 7:29 PM

Lets say you are out of balance on your omega 6s and 3s. for instance omega 6s are at 10 and Omega 3s are 5 just to use simple numbers. So you start taking enough omega 3s, say through fish oil supplements, to get the ratio 10 and 15 respectively. Does this technincally fix the problem?

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on May 18, 2011
at 08:56 PM

I entered this thread thinking I'll have to write "Ratio is just one part of the story, lesser one. Amounts !" again. Thank you for doing it prettier and more clear than I could :)

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on May 18, 2011
at 08:02 PM

Not a bit to add to this, nor would I take away a single letter. Totally concise and on the button.

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on May 18, 2011
at 07:56 PM

A ratio of 10:15 in favour of O3 would be correct, as the optimal range for O3:O6 is somewhere between 1:1-1:4. However, keeping overall polyunsaturated fats low (whether O6 or O3) is just as important as maintaining the correct ratio. Total PUFA calories should not exceed 4%, so unless your intake is huge, taking in 25g PUFA/day is excessive, even if it favours O3.

(2399)

on May 18, 2011
at 08:56 PM

I entered this thread thinking I'll have to write "Ratio is just one part of the story, lesser one. Amounts !" again. Thank you for doing it prettier and more clear than I could :)

(3417)

on May 18, 2011
at 08:02 PM

Not a bit to add to this, nor would I take away a single letter. Totally concise and on the button.

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on May 18, 2011
at 08:58 PM

The basic idea is that we don't want a huge amount of o-6 in the diet, even if it is balanced (in a good ratio) by a lot of o-3. You want a good ratio but you also want your absolute quantity of o-6 to be low to match the levels of ancestral diets.

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on May 18, 2011
at 08:16 PM

There is good, better, best.... From what I've read, reducing o-6 intake and eating lots of o-3s would be best, and evening out the ratio would be next best.

All polyunsaturated fat (6 or 3), is susceptible to oxidative damage. Increasing n-3 intake while making no reduction in n-6 intake raises the total amount of polyunsaturated fat in the diet, increasing the risk of oxidative damage.