You’ve probably heard about Omega-6 before, no doubt you’ve heard of Omega-3, but do you really know what they do? What do they do for you? Should you be supplementing these into your body?
First off, it’s a common misconception that we need to supplement Omega-6 into our systems. The ideal ratio of Omega-3 to Omega-6 is 1:1 and the average person is actually somewhere around 1:40 in favour of Omega-6!!! So why are we taking Omega-6 with our Omega-3 if we’ll never be able to reach the ideal ratio? We get Omega-6 in most of the foods we eat. Anything made with vegetable oil is high in Omega-6 as well. Too much Omega-6 has been been linked with depression and cardiovascular mortality.
Now let’s get to the good stuff. Omega-3 has so many health benefits it’s difficult to know where to start. Basically, we are born with Omega-3 in our system and we lose it over time. Unfortunately, our bodies are not able to produce it which is why it is important to supplement it into our diets. Omega-3 can benefit us from infance to old age. Prenatally and as a young child, Omega-3 helps maintain brain and retinal development as well as helps with coordination and intellectual development. In children, studies have found that omega-3 can also help with the signs and symptoms of ADHD. In teens it has been shown to reduce signs of depression and it’s anti-inflammatory properties have made improvements in young adults with asthma.
As for adults, Omega-3 is especially important for the heart. It reduces cholesterol, elasticizes the blood vessels of the heart allowing easier blood flow. It reduces the risk of coronary heart disease and slows the age related signs of macular degeneration of the retina.
Omega-3 is also extremely beneficial to seniors. It can maintain bone density and improve joint pain and can also reduce the signs and symptoms of mental and mood disorders including slowing down disorders like dementia and Alzheimers.
Omega-3 has been shown to reduce the risks and effects of the following: