Second Session Study Guide
(Omega-6 to Omega-3 Ratio)
The two essential fatty acids need to be in a proper ratio to one another. The ideal ratio is 1:1 or 2:1 but we currently have a ratio of about 20:1 in our country. That’s a ratio that can cause problems.
Both of these fatty acids need the same enzymes to make some acids that our body needs. Omega-3s make EPA and DHA which are anti-inflammatory. Omega-6s make some acids (arachadonic acid) that our body needs but they are inflammatory. You can see that the problem is that a huge imbalance of omega-6 to omega-3 fatty acids will cause an imbalance in the acids produced by them. Unfortunately, the omega-6s produce those inflammatory acids that can be the cause of chronic inflammation. The most likely site of chronic inflammation is the lining of the blood vessels, on which are deposited fat and cholesterol, forming plaques that resemble sores.
Excessive omega-6s come from vegetable oils and animal foods. The easiest way to correct an imbalance in your omega-6 to omega-3 ratio is to decrease the amount of animal foods and free vegetable oils consumed and consume more omega-3 fats from plant sources.
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