When we reach for Omega supplements we tend to opt for 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 our modern day diet in ample amounts - fast food, cured meats, bread, eggs to name but a few.
In reality most people should be decreasing our omega-6 intake and increasing our omega-3 to get the safe ratio...but 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 This is an extremely unbalanced ratio causing an alarmingly high amount of health problems because the safe ratio is a maximum of 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 within the body which cancer cells love. 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 of course 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
irritable bowel syndrome & inflammatory bowel disease