Thursday, October 18, 2012

Omega-3 Fatty Acids - Part 2

Omega-6 to Omega-3 Balance

Eating cold-water fish on a regular basis (3-4 serving per week) increases the amount of omega-3 fatty acids in your diet.  However, you must watch the amount of omega-6 fatty acids (pro-inflammatory) you consume to reap the benefits of your fish intake.

The ideal ratio of omega-6 to omega-3 intake is 4:1 or less.  Yet, the typical omega- 6 to omega-3 ratio is 15:1 because omega-6 fatty acids are over- abundant in the standard North American diet.

Follow a diet that focuses on healthy fats (especially cold water fish) and avoids processed foods to help to improve their omega-6 to omega-3 ratio.

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