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Omega-3 And Omega-6 Fats – Balancing For Your Health

Escrito por OmegaXL on May 9, 2014

There is plenty of good science out there suggesting we should be adding omega-3 fats to our diets. The American Heart Association tells us that cold-water fish, such as wild caught salmon, is the preferred source of Omega-3 fats because it has the greatest concentrations of DHA and EPA. While some popular plant-based sources of Omega-3 fats include flaxseed oil and certain nuts, these omega-3s are not DHA or EPA. They are in fact ALA, which has to be converted by the body into DHA and EPA. Unfortunately, that conversion is dismally inefficient and results in very little DHA and EPA. The reality is that in modern diets there are few good sources of omega-3 fatty acid other than fish.

Otra buena grasa que nuestro cuerpo necesita es Omega-6. El cuerpo utiliza las grasas Omega-3 y Omega-6 para sintetizar hormonas importantes que el cuerpo necesita. En la búsqueda del cuerpo para la homeostasis, esas hormonas tienen efectos opuestos. La que se sintetizan a ase de grasas omega-6 tienden a aumentar la inflamación – un componente importante del sistema inmunitario – mientras que las de grasas Omega-3 disminuyen la respuesta inflamatoria. Tanto las grasas Omega-3 y las Omega-6 deben estar en equilibrio para una salud óptima.

Sin embargo, mientras que las fuentes de Omegas-3 son pocas, fuentes de Omegas-6 son numerosas en las dietas occidentales modernas, de hecho demasiado numerosas. En la naturaleza, las grasas Omega-6 se encuentran en las nueces y semillas y los aceites extraídos de ellos. Sin embargo, los aceites vegetales refinados, tales como aceite de soja, se utilizan en la mayoría de los alimentos procesados y comida rápida ahora comunes en la dieta occidental. Sólo el aceite de soja que se encuentra en alimentos comercializados representan un 20 por ciento de las calorías que se cree que la mayoría de los estadounidenses consume.

Now that the western diet is so heavily slanted toward omega-6 fat intake the balance is out of whack. Instead of an optimal one-to-one balance of omega-3 and omega-6 fats, westerners now get far too many omega-6s and not enough of the omega-3s. This imbalance is the reason health professionals believe there has been such a rise among westerners in inflammatory related health conditions affecting the brain, heart, eyes, and joints. Bringing the intake of these essential fats back into proper proportion may actually relieve some of those inflammatory conditions.

Because our food supply is plagued by the ravages of industrial mass-production that has mitigated much of the Omega-3 fats from food products commercially produced, omega-6 intake is approximately 25 times greater than omega-3 resulting in a severe deficiency of Omega-3 fats. Some health professionals believe that most Americans only get about 10% of the Omega-3 they need, but it’s tough to tell because deficiency symptoms are vague and are often not diagnosed. This is because other deficiencies and illnesses manifest similar conditions. However, if you are experiencing joint pain or joint stiffness, there is a chance you might be suffering from a deficiency in essential omega-3 fats.

OmegaXL was formulated to provide your body with essential omega-3 fats it needs for optimum health, and ease certain inflammatory conditions.