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Do you take into consideration ALA for your O6:O3 ratio?

Answered on August 19, 2014
Created May 12, 2012 at 11:25 PM

I get a good amount of EPA and DHA from supplementing with cod liver oil, but I was wondering earlier today the importance of ALA. I haven't found that much on the subject, but surely ALA has some role in human physiology?

Although barely any of it is converted to EPA and DHA, it still IS omega-3. So should you take it into consideration for your O6:O3 ratio?

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Many may not realize, but the omega 3 in pastured beef is ALA, not DHA/EPA:

http://paleohacks.com/questions/107432/is-n-3-fat-in-pastured-beef-ala-or-dha-epa

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ALA is the essential omega-3. It's not that we only need DHA and EPA, as you mention we do make our own DHA and EPA. The poorer our diet in EPA and DHA the greater the efficiency of conversion from ALA.

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