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How important is timing intake of omega 3 fats for absorption?

Answered on August 19, 2014
Created January 15, 2013 at 11:47 AM

I've heard omega 3 and 6 compete for the same receptors, so they should be ingested apart from one another. Is this true? What about other fats such as coconut or saturated fats?

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on January 17, 2013
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So, it matters more what the daily average ratio is, but not when you take them, such as together?

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on January 16, 2013
at 01:47 AM

Good to know. Thanks for the info.

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on January 16, 2013
at 01:46 AM

Me too. After workout I could digest a shoe.

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on January 16, 2013
at 01:45 AM

And yes, fat loss and muscle gain/hardening is my focus.

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on January 16, 2013
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I wasn't really asking about ratios. I get 15g fish oil daily (CBL and many recommend), eat no veggie oils or poultry, and plenty of lean beef (750g a day, reg aussie beef as grass fed isnt available or cost effective here in Tokyo) and coconut oil. Figure I get plenty of O-6, arachiodonic acid/linoleic acid from the meat. I was really thinking of absorption/competition.

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on January 15, 2013
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Right, but ratios don't cause chronic inflammation- eating hydrogenated/adultered omega 6 does. Omega 6s make Prostacyclin/PGE1, which is more anti-inflammatory than PGE3 from omega-3s.

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on January 15, 2013
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Acute Inflammation (from working out for example) != Chronic Inflammation (from a abnormally high o6:o3 ratio). The former is necessary to build muscle, reducing the latter is just as important in building muscle as it can prevent recovery.

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on January 15, 2013
at 01:00 PM

I don't think it's related to absorption, but rather the downstream receptors for converting PUFAs into signaling molecules show competition between omega-3s and omega-6s.

If you look at most food, you'll see that the overwhelming majority of the time omega-3s and omega-6s are packaged together in nature. The notable exception being fatty ocean fish.

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on January 16, 2013
at 01:47 AM

Good to know. Thanks for the info.

Medium avatar

(2417)

on January 17, 2013
at 04:48 AM

So, it matters more what the daily average ratio is, but not when you take them, such as together?

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on January 15, 2013
at 03:28 PM

I take all my supplements, including omega 3s, immediately after a workout along with my protein and starchy carbs. I figure my body is hungry for just about everything after a heavy workout, so I load up on all the good stuff as much as possible.

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on January 16, 2013
at 01:46 AM

Me too. After workout I could digest a shoe.

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on January 15, 2013
at 03:21 PM

I'm just going to say that if you're a young male interested in building muscle and getting lean, it's probably best not to concern yourself too much with omega 3/6 ratios. I say this simply because arachidonic acid (which can be created from LA or eaten directly) is like the miracle nutrient for packing on slabs of lean muscle. Plus, if you don't have inflammation you can't build muscle.

Of course, not everyone just wants to build muscle, but if you're already fit and healthy I think ratios are pretty irrelevant when you're eating a whole foods diet that includes grass fed meats, some seafood, and eliminates vegetable oils.

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on January 16, 2013
at 01:44 AM

I wasn't really asking about ratios. I get 15g fish oil daily (CBL and many recommend), eat no veggie oils or poultry, and plenty of lean beef (750g a day, reg aussie beef as grass fed isnt available or cost effective here in Tokyo) and coconut oil. Figure I get plenty of O-6, arachiodonic acid/linoleic acid from the meat. I was really thinking of absorption/competition.

3ce6a0d24be025e2f2af534545bdd1d7

(26217)

on January 15, 2013
at 03:44 PM

Acute Inflammation (from working out for example) != Chronic Inflammation (from a abnormally high o6:o3 ratio). The former is necessary to build muscle, reducing the latter is just as important in building muscle as it can prevent recovery.

1edb06ded9ccf098a4517ca4a7a34ebc

(14952)

on January 15, 2013
at 04:39 PM

Right, but ratios don't cause chronic inflammation- eating hydrogenated/adultered omega 6 does. Omega 6s make Prostacyclin/PGE1, which is more anti-inflammatory than PGE3 from omega-3s.

Medium avatar

(2417)

on January 16, 2013
at 01:45 AM

And yes, fat loss and muscle gain/hardening is my focus.

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