Omega-3s are an important topic in the nutrition industry.
Why Omega-3s are Essential
Your body cannot make this type of fat on its own, so must be obtained from food. That’s why we refer to omega-3 fatty acids as essential.
These fats are essential for proper nervous system development and function from Day One. In addition, they allow our bodies to grow normally, repair wounds, protect against skin disorders, support healthy vision, maintain ideal cognitive function, and preserve fertility.
Omega-3 has been proven to help with things like;
Reduce children symptoms of ADHD
Improve Bone & Joint Health
As you can see there is a MASSIVE benefit to having the right amount of Omega-3 in your diet, but what’s the big deal?
We evolved with an Omega-3/6 ratio of around 1:1 but in this time a Western diet is more like 1:20 these days!!
Omega-6’s are important but when the ratio is as out of balance as it is in most people it actually ends up making worse a lot of the things that Omega-3 can make better.
One of the reason that Omega-6’s are so high is that we find them in A LOT of foods that are now produced. Things like plant oils, factory raise animals – fed on corn and soy.
Seeds, nuts, flaxseed oils are other examples of high Omega-6 foods.
It is important to help the Omega-3 level raise up for your own health and wellbeing. Omega-3’s can be found in certain foods.
Things like grass fed meat, cold water fatty fish (salmon, trout, sardine, mackerel, herring) Fish Oil, Shellfish are great examples.
Most of us though don’t eat enough of these foods to balance out the Omega-3/6 ratio which is why taking an Omega-3 supplement is a good idea. The thing to watch out for here is to get the Omega-3 only supplements.
There are plenty out there which are 3&6 or 3,6 & 9 and for most people these will do nothing to help the balancing of the ratio.
So in summary, to improve health and mood make sure you’re increasing your Omega-3 intake while at the same time keeping an eye on how much Omega-6 you intake 😊