Numerous studies suggest that that the human diet should have a ratio of omega 6 to omega 3 fatty acids of about 1/1. In our society the typical diet has a ratio of 10/1 to 20-25/1 indicating that our diets are lacking in omega 3 fatty acids compared to the diet on which we have our genetic patterns established. Docosahexaenoic acid (DHA) is essential for the normal functional development of the brain and retina especially in premature infants.
Because of fast foods the increase of trans-fatty acids has created a detrimental hazard to our health. It has been shown that the benefit of omega 3 fatty acids include those patients who have cancer, psoriasis, inflammatory bowel disease, rheumatoid arthritis and mental health issues.
Omega 3 Fatty Acids/Omega 6 Ratio
The omega 6/omega 3 ratio has changed in our food supply over the last 150 years. With the increase use of soybean oil, corn oil, sunflower, safflower and linseed oil we have observed a dramatic change in the omega 3 fatty acids/omega 6 ratio. DHA is found in high amounts in the membranes of the brain and retina and is critical for proper neurogenesis, neurotransmitter metabolism, neuroprotection and vision. Omega 3 fatty acids cause apoptotic death in cancer cells whereas omega-6s allow cancer cells to continue to increase. Stress may cause an increase of proinflammatory reactions which are minimized with adequate levels of omega 3 fatty acids. The omega-6/omega 3 fatty acid ratio is critical for brain function, healthly hearts, immunity, joint health and pain syndromes. Cognitive function improves with omega 3 fatty acids as well as having positive effects on dementia, schizophrenia, Alzheimer’s and other central nervous system diseases. Omega 3 fatty acid deficiency in childhood delays brain development and is associated with poor learning ability. A ratio of 1:1 to 2:1 omega 6/omega 3 fatty acids should be the goal of each individual.
this article on Omega 3 Fatty Acids is informational and not to be used to diagnose or treat any medical condition