When people reach for Omega supplements we tend to go for the Omega 3-6-9 which contains all three types of Omega but are they doing us any good? Far from it!
Our body makes it's own omega-9 so it isn't really necessary to supplement this but it cannot make omega-3 and 6. It is very easy to get omega-6 from our diet….far too easy it seems. It is present in fast food, cured meats, bread, eggs and regular items in the western diet.
In reality most people should be decreasing our omega-6 intake and increasing our omega-3 to get the safe ratio. WHY?
In times gone by when we lived off the land our omega 6 and 3 ratio was 1:1. Over the course of human evolution and because of the modern day diet there has been a dramatic change in the ratio of omega-6 and omega-3 fats consumed in the diet. Nowadays, the average diet is a ratio of anywhere roughly between 10:1 and 25:1. Which is extremely unbalanced and causing health damage because the safe ratio is maximum 4:1.
This change, perhaps more than any other dietary factor, has contributed to the epidemic of modern disease. Of course we need Omega-6 but too much is health damaging .. and most of us are getting far too much.
A diet with a lot of omega-6 and not much omega-3 will increase inflammation. A diet with a lot of omega-3 and not much omega-6 will reduce inflammation.
The billion dollar Big Pharma industry is well aware of the effect of omega-6 on inflammation. Ibuprofen, aspirin etc. work by reducing the formation of inflammatory compounds derived from omega-6 fatty acids. The same effect could be achieved by simply limiting dietary intake of omega-6. The drug companies don’t want you to know that, that would mean less profit for them.
So what are the consequences to human health of too much omega-6? The list includes (but isn’t limited to):
type 2 diabetes