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Does omega 3-6 ratio affect body composition?

Answered on August 19, 2014
Created June 16, 2011 at 8:19 PM

I know that it's bad for inflammation heart disease etc. Does it also have negative effects on body composition if one's ratio is out of whack?

E7adfe31507efb7c935f618a829f56d6

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on April 27, 2012
at 11:39 PM

good O-3:6 can definitely affect body comp in ladies, particularly in wasit-hip-ratio. http://www.psych.ucsb.edu/research/cep/papers/whrlassekgaulin2008.pdf

667f6c030b0245d71d8ef50c72b097dc

(15976)

on July 02, 2011
at 12:46 PM

I have been harping on quilt's less-than-helpful faux-answers for months. Whether they are little hooks to get you to his site, little bits to make himself come off as smarter than you, etc I dont know but what i do know is that it simply makes no sense to me to leave "answers" that are not helpful to the OP. I mean, simply put, why put something if its not going to help? Why not simply not write anything? I just don't get it.

667f6c030b0245d71d8ef50c72b097dc

(15976)

on July 02, 2011
at 12:43 PM

wow, interesting Kamal. I didn't know that. Shoot, and i consider myself decently informed. thanks for that link. learning as we go always, eh.

667f6c030b0245d71d8ef50c72b097dc

(15976)

on July 02, 2011
at 12:42 PM

damn good answer

21fd060d0796fdb8a4a990441e08eae7

(24543)

on June 17, 2011
at 02:41 PM

Anastasia-- not quite. Stored body fat is about 55% monounsaturated, 35% saturated, and 20% polyunsaturated...http://www.ajcn.org/content/50/2/288.full.pdf+html

2ab6415f5f20b8fe1d34a94c7be85e6a

on June 17, 2011
at 07:03 AM

@The Quilt-It seems as though your just acting immature for no reason taking things super literally and being a smart @$$. I just wanted help here... Thanks everyone else for the actually HELPFUL answers

8dcaccd731863adaf88b5f645d601935

(201)

on June 17, 2011
at 05:32 AM

Just to note: omega 3/6 are polyunsaturated fats. Your stored body fat is mostly saturated. Fatty acids released for energy when you are in a fat burning mode are mostly saturated, predominant is palmitic. So I'm not sure why you would have an 3/6 imbalance while losing weight. Could you clarify please Jesse?

Cbb1134f8e93067d1271c97bb2e15ef6

on June 17, 2011
at 12:53 AM

-1 @ The Quilt: as there is a troubling, "toying" quality to these communications, which even in this writer's abbreviated experience on this site, seem to be a pattern...

Cbb1134f8e93067d1271c97bb2e15ef6

on June 17, 2011
at 12:51 AM

@Aravind: +1 especially for great link!

A8d95f3744a7a0885894ee0731c9744c

(3761)

on June 17, 2011
at 12:47 AM

Got it. Boom. Fixed the question. Please expound.

Ed71ab1c75c6a9bd217a599db0a3e117

(25482)

on June 17, 2011
at 12:16 AM

no Ben. I have not posted on dietary cornerstones yet so there is nothing to see as yet on this. I answered it as asked. If "why" had of been there I would have dove in.

559aa134ff5e6c8bcd608ba8dc505628

(3631)

on June 17, 2011
at 12:15 AM

He's been doing it for months. It used to be every. single. question. At least now he's got other fish to fry.

A8d95f3744a7a0885894ee0731c9744c

(3761)

on June 17, 2011
at 12:11 AM

@The Quilt- Sometimes I think you leave vague answers like this to coax us into going to your site for answers.

93f44e8673d3ea2294cce085ebc96e13

(10502)

on June 16, 2011
at 11:54 PM

@TheQuilt -- c'mon now....seriously?

21fd060d0796fdb8a4a990441e08eae7

(24543)

on June 16, 2011
at 11:21 PM

This isn't about the rules, it's about helpful answers. If someone comments on here "Thanks Quilt, I've learned so much from this answer!", then color me embarrassed. You are not a new user- I presume you've seen what paleohackers find useful and enriching.

Ed71ab1c75c6a9bd217a599db0a3e117

(25482)

on June 16, 2011
at 11:14 PM

He never asked Why as part of the question. I answered the question asked. You may not dig it but I followed the rules.

D687712302e0103ea52615eefc94d102

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on June 16, 2011
at 11:11 PM

i would really love to know more about this as well. i've tried to read up on my own but my word! it's enough to make a girls head spin!

21fd060d0796fdb8a4a990441e08eae7

(24543)

on June 16, 2011
at 10:28 PM

People find this forum most useful for getting answers to questions. The above only loosely qualifies as an answer. Posting one detailed and thoughtful answer is worth many dozen esoteric answers.

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D1c02d4fc5125a670cf419dbb3e18ba7

on June 16, 2011
at 11:20 PM

As you have noted, a distorted Omega 3-6 ratio leads to chronic inflammation. There is evidence that amongst the victims of inflammation within the body, it includes the hypothalamus.

The hypothalamus is critical with respect to leptin. Some evidence suggests that inflammation of the hypothalamus impacts leptin sensitivity. Since leptin sensitivity is clearly a factor (the factor?) in body composition and obesity, it is reasonable to conclude that O-3:O-6 impacts body composition.

Stephan Guyenet has written about this. See attached http://wholehealthsource.blogspot.com/2010/01/body-fat-setpoint-part-iii-dietary.html

Cbb1134f8e93067d1271c97bb2e15ef6

on June 17, 2011
at 12:51 AM

@Aravind: +1 especially for great link!

667f6c030b0245d71d8ef50c72b097dc

(15976)

on July 02, 2011
at 12:42 PM

damn good answer

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8dcaccd731863adaf88b5f645d601935

on June 17, 2011
at 05:39 AM

As mentioned before polyunsaturated fatty acids are pro-inflammatory in large doses. High omega 6/3 ratio is even more so. Apart from the hypothalamus, their main effect is on the liver where the chronic inflammation leads to NAFLD: non-alcoholic fatty liver disease. This causes a multitude of problems downstream contributing to (some even say causing) features of metabolic syndrome: central obesity, hypertension, insulin resistance, high blood triglycerides. Short answer: spare tyre around the middle means watch your 6's and 3's.

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E8e196a7d6ea6173b3eb14a83d330969

on June 16, 2011
at 11:35 PM

I read that a proper n6:n3 balance makes your muscle cells slightly more inflated which brings more insulin receptors to the surface... leading to better insulin sensitivity. Depending on your metabolic state that could lead to better body composition...

Also, I read that if you are currently losing body fat then your body is releasing stored omega6 into your system so you would need more omega-3 to offset that in order to maximize results.

Just stuff I read on the net.

8dcaccd731863adaf88b5f645d601935

(201)

on June 17, 2011
at 05:32 AM

Just to note: omega 3/6 are polyunsaturated fats. Your stored body fat is mostly saturated. Fatty acids released for energy when you are in a fat burning mode are mostly saturated, predominant is palmitic. So I'm not sure why you would have an 3/6 imbalance while losing weight. Could you clarify please Jesse?

21fd060d0796fdb8a4a990441e08eae7

(24543)

on June 17, 2011
at 02:41 PM

Anastasia-- not quite. Stored body fat is about 55% monounsaturated, 35% saturated, and 20% polyunsaturated...http://www.ajcn.org/content/50/2/288.full.pdf+html

667f6c030b0245d71d8ef50c72b097dc

(15976)

on July 02, 2011
at 12:43 PM

wow, interesting Kamal. I didn't know that. Shoot, and i consider myself decently informed. thanks for that link. learning as we go always, eh.

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3c6b4eed18dc57f746755b698426e7c8

on June 17, 2011
at 03:48 PM

From my readings, the optimal range of Omega 6 to Omega 3 is from 4:1 to 1:1.

Since both are PUFAs, you don't want imbalance in favor of Omega 3 either, I suppose. At least, that was one of the findings in the recent prostate cancer vs. DHA meta research. Although the research is being interpreted differently, my reading is that too much of an imbalance in favor of Omega 3 vs. Omega 6 is potentially worse than the usual n-6 vs. n-3 imbalance.

Too much n-6 could give you inflammation and lead to the metabolic syndrome and chronic diseases. Too much n-3 could make you susceptible to cancer.

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Ed71ab1c75c6a9bd217a599db0a3e117

(25482)

on June 16, 2011
at 10:21 PM

most certainly........

A8d95f3744a7a0885894ee0731c9744c

(3761)

on June 17, 2011
at 12:47 AM

Got it. Boom. Fixed the question. Please expound.

A8d95f3744a7a0885894ee0731c9744c

(3761)

on June 17, 2011
at 12:11 AM

@The Quilt- Sometimes I think you leave vague answers like this to coax us into going to your site for answers.

21fd060d0796fdb8a4a990441e08eae7

(24543)

on June 16, 2011
at 11:21 PM

This isn't about the rules, it's about helpful answers. If someone comments on here "Thanks Quilt, I've learned so much from this answer!", then color me embarrassed. You are not a new user- I presume you've seen what paleohackers find useful and enriching.

93f44e8673d3ea2294cce085ebc96e13

(10502)

on June 16, 2011
at 11:54 PM

@TheQuilt -- c'mon now....seriously?

Ed71ab1c75c6a9bd217a599db0a3e117

(25482)

on June 16, 2011
at 11:14 PM

He never asked Why as part of the question. I answered the question asked. You may not dig it but I followed the rules.

559aa134ff5e6c8bcd608ba8dc505628

(3631)

on June 17, 2011
at 12:15 AM

He's been doing it for months. It used to be every. single. question. At least now he's got other fish to fry.

21fd060d0796fdb8a4a990441e08eae7

(24543)

on June 16, 2011
at 10:28 PM

People find this forum most useful for getting answers to questions. The above only loosely qualifies as an answer. Posting one detailed and thoughtful answer is worth many dozen esoteric answers.

Ed71ab1c75c6a9bd217a599db0a3e117

(25482)

on June 17, 2011
at 12:16 AM

no Ben. I have not posted on dietary cornerstones yet so there is nothing to see as yet on this. I answered it as asked. If "why" had of been there I would have dove in.

2ab6415f5f20b8fe1d34a94c7be85e6a

on June 17, 2011
at 07:03 AM

@The Quilt-It seems as though your just acting immature for no reason taking things super literally and being a smart @$$. I just wanted help here... Thanks everyone else for the actually HELPFUL answers

Cbb1134f8e93067d1271c97bb2e15ef6

on June 17, 2011
at 12:53 AM

-1 @ The Quilt: as there is a troubling, "toying" quality to these communications, which even in this writer's abbreviated experience on this site, seem to be a pattern...

667f6c030b0245d71d8ef50c72b097dc

(15976)

on July 02, 2011
at 12:46 PM

I have been harping on quilt's less-than-helpful faux-answers for months. Whether they are little hooks to get you to his site, little bits to make himself come off as smarter than you, etc I dont know but what i do know is that it simply makes no sense to me to leave "answers" that are not helpful to the OP. I mean, simply put, why put something if its not going to help? Why not simply not write anything? I just don't get it.

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