‘Omega-3 fatty acids’ is a term that gets thrown around a lot these days in nutrition. Food companies advertise when their products have omega-3 rather than omega-6, and we may see or hear on TV a medical expert comparing the two. What really matters, however, is the ratio of one to the other, not so much the absolute amount of either. Western diets, however, typically have drastically more omega-6 fatty acids than omega-3s. In the Western diet, omega-6s are consumed many more times as much as omega-3s, and consumption of omega-6s has decreased by 50% in the last 50 years in the United States.
The ratio of omega-6s to omega-3s regulates nerve health, visual health, memory function, mood, emotional response, a healthy heart and healthy blood vessels. Fine sources of omega-6 fatty acids include: most fish, especially herring, sardines, tuna, and swordfish; fish oil; flaxseed oil; butternuts; almonds, pumpkin seeds, walnuts and krill oil. Questions? Call my office to set up a consultation and an in depth analysis of all of your health and supplement needs. (201)487-3131