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Straightforward: Omega 3's and Omega 6's

Answered on August 19, 2014
Created July 11, 2011 at 3:09 AM

Looking for a POLITE (no pretentious paleos, please) and straightforward explanation of omega3's and 6's. What are the recommended ratios and amounts? What foods should I avoid? Does taking fish oil help to balance things out? (For example: If you eat something high in omega 6's but are taking fish oil, does that matter?)

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on July 11, 2011
at 02:26 PM

+1. Thank you Julianne. Great article. I especially like the breakdown of both O-6 and O-3 in all the foods you cited.

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on July 11, 2011
at 12:24 PM

not a good way to start a question.

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on July 11, 2011
at 04:16 AM

It's not a straightforward topic. I second that PUFA report.

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on July 11, 2011
at 03:50 AM

@paleon00b: You're very welcome.

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on July 11, 2011
at 03:48 AM

Thanks a lot for that link - I've never read that before and since I was diagnosed last week with Sjogren's Syndrome it's even more educational.

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on July 11, 2011
at 03:46 AM

If you don't mind spending like 10 bucks, chris masterjohn's the PUFA Report is comprehensive.

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on July 11, 2011
at 03:45 AM

My 2 cents - the Chris Kresser series linked to below is a great place to start. Kurt Harris continues to be my primary influence so whenever in doubt, Archevore is a great place to search for answers. You should also liberally use the Search function here on this site because as a "noob", it is highly likely you will find very robust discussions about many/most of your initial questions.

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on July 11, 2011
at 03:44 AM

My 2 cents - the Chris Kresser series linked to below is a great place to start. Kurt Harris continues to be my primary influence so whenever in doubt, Archevore is a great place to search for answers. You should also liberally use the Search function here on this site because as a "noob", it is highly likely you will find very robust discussion about many/most of your initial questions. Good luck

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on July 11, 2011
at 03:35 AM

not at all. thanks.

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on July 11, 2011
at 03:35 AM

awesome. thank you.

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on July 11, 2011
at 03:32 AM

See response below. There are differing views re: suuplementing with fishoil. To gain a better understanding for your own decision making, read the links provided in the answers below and maybe seek out info from Rob Wolf's site, Marks Daily Apple and Perfect Health Source. I supplement with O-3s for some health issues that are 95% healed now, as well due to O-6 exposure and lack of 100% pastured meat. Foods to avoid are well outlined in links provided in very accessible form. +1 for basic good question, concisely presented.

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on July 11, 2011
at 03:27 AM

+1 - This may be the best "overall" link around - one of my favorites too!

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on July 11, 2011
at 03:22 AM

I think you'd be good to read Kresser's post here. It's a good starter. Covers Omegas somewhere in the middle but the whole thing is very informative so read it.

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on July 11, 2011
at 03:48 AM

Thanks a lot for that link - I've never read that before and since I was diagnosed last week with Sjogren's Syndrome it's even more educational.

Cbb1134f8e93067d1271c97bb2e15ef6

on July 11, 2011
at 03:27 AM

+1 - This may be the best "overall" link around - one of my favorites too!

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on July 11, 2011
at 03:35 AM

awesome. thank you.

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on July 11, 2011
at 03:25 AM

Well, I hope you will not consider my sharing my favorite sources on the subject with you to be pretentious. ;)

http://www.psychologytoday.com/blog/evolutionary-psychiatry/201103/your-brain-omega-3

http://www.archevore.com/get-started/

http://www.archevore.com/panu-weblog/2009/5/18/6s-and-3s-and-the-logic-of-grain-avoidance.html

There you go -

Hope this is helpful to you!

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on July 11, 2011
at 03:50 AM

@paleon00b: You're very welcome.

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on July 11, 2011
at 03:35 AM

not at all. thanks.

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on July 11, 2011
at 05:55 AM

I did a post on omega 3 and 6 recently. It has recommendations on amounts, ratios, and how to work it out. Plus comprehensive charts of omega 3 and 6 amounts in seafood, meat, oils, animal fats, nuts and seeds

http://paleozonenutrition.wordpress.com/2011/05/10/omega-6-and-3-in-nuts-oils-meat-and-fish-tools-to-get-it-right/

There are also links to what I think are the best posts and info on omega 3 including Chris Kresser's posts

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on July 11, 2011
at 02:26 PM

+1. Thank you Julianne. Great article. I especially like the breakdown of both O-6 and O-3 in all the foods you cited.

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on July 22, 2012
at 08:47 PM

Dr. Bill Harris presents some seemingly credible evidence to challenge those who assert only a very low level of O-6 fats is healthy. Does anyone have the chops to critique his presentation?

Update 10/4/12: I posted this question on Chris Kresser's blog. He responded that Harris is cherry-picking the available data, but he didn't get specific.

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