What is Omega 6 and Omega 3 Balance?

What IS Omega 6 and Omega 3 Ratio?

An Introduction to Omega 6 and Omega 3 Balance.

What is Omega 6 and Omega 3 ratio? 

And why is it important to your overall health,
to balance your Omega 6:3 ratio to a ratio of 4:1 and down?

The History Of The Omega 6:3 Balance


“The high amounts of omega-6 fatty acids and low levels of omega-3 fatty acids found in today’s Western diets promote the pathogenesis of cardiovascular disease, cancer, inflammatory conditions, and autoimmune diseases.” 

Artemis Simopoulos, MD, president of the Center for Genetics, Nutrition, and Health and author of The Omega Diet.


The Omega Diet

Omega 6 Vs. Omega 3

Omega 6 vs Omega 3


Omega 6 and Omega 3 are critical to your overall health.
The right ratio of omega 6 and omega 3, is important, for your body to work optimally, and to improve the long-term health.

 

Essential fatty acid deficiency

 

What Are The Essential Fatty Acids?

Omega 3 and Omega 6 are the only essential fatty acids, which means that your body can’t produce them by itself and needs it from an outside source.
That’s why they are termed the “essential” fatty acids (EFAs).

Omega 6 and Omega 3 are the most important fatty acids.
We need both in the diet. Otherwise, we risk ending up sick.

The (EFA’s) is supporting many vital roles in your overall health, this includes ensuring proper growth and development of the brain and nervous system, reducing the risk of chronic illnesses, such as heart disease.

They play a critical role in helping the cell walls to become more fluid, increasing nutrient absorption and getting rid of waste products from the cells.

Research shows that omega 3 and omega 6 work together to help manage blood pressure and blood clotting. They also help to regulate the immune system, including the body’s inflammation response.

Essential fatty acid deficiency is linked to a wide range of symptoms and disorders.

Official Recommendations:

Nordic Council of Ministers, Nordic Nutritional Recommendations, 2004/2012.
And
The World Health Organization (WHO)

Recommends an omega 6 and omega 3 balance
 between 2:1 to 5:1 (Recently adjusted down to 4:1).

          


“As stated by the World Health Organization (WHO), Chronic disease is estimated to be the cause of death of approximately 38 million people worldwide every year.


PUFAs, and EPA and DHA, in particular, have long been associated with decreased risk of cardiovascular mortality and cognitive decline.

 The conclusions of this paper highlight that a significant proportion of the population is at increased risk of chronic disease due to low omega-3 PUFA status.
 (PUFA is  short for Poly Unsaturated Fatty acids).

Dr. Manfred Eggersdorfer, senior vice president, nutrition science and advocacy at DSM and Professor of Healthy Ageing at the University Medical Center Groningen.


Micronutrients And Brain Health

Balance your Omega 3 and Omega 6

In the years ahead, it is expected that we will see a massive increase in lifestyle-related diseases.

The imbalance between omega-6 fatty acids and omega-3 fatty acids in the body is a driving force for the development of lifestyle-related health problems. Science is starting to point at the omega 6/3 ratio as one of the main reasons we are seeing a rise worldwide in lifestyle diseases and chronic inflammation or you could say a fire within our bodies.
Silent Inflammation

A thumb rule says, that:
Most Omega 6’s causes inflammation, and most Omega 3 is anti-inflammatory.


How Do You Get In Balance And Know Your Own Omega 6:3 Ratio?

Omega 3 Blood Test

Zinzino,  is one of the leading companies in omega 6 and omega 3 balance products. 

Zinzino

The company has made a concept, where you can test your fatty acid profile in the blood, this includes the omega 6:3 ratio.

With their Balance Oil, you can obtain an omega 6:3 balance of 3:1 or lower in just 120 days.

Vitas, one of the leading laboratories in the Nordic countries, has analyzed more than 200.000 anonymous first-time  blood sample tests from customers before starting on the Balance Oil, which shows that the average ratio of Omega 6:3 is:

The Average Balance Of The Western World.

  • In Scandinavia: 12:1
  • In Europe: 15:1
  • In the USA: 23:1

     

    Out of those tested in Europe:

  • 75% didn’t take Omega 3 supplement and had an average balance of 12:1
  • 20% took some Omega 3 supplement and had an average balance of 7:1
  • 5% had a balance of 3:1 in Europe

95%  of those who took the BalanceOil on a daily basis,
optimized their omega 6/3 balance to a ratio of 3:1 or lower after 120 days.

Only 5% of those who took the BalanceOil on a daily basis didn’t get a balance of 3:1 or lower.


Omega-6/Omega-3 Imbalance

And Chronic Diseases

 

 

 
 Subject Omega-6/Omega-3 Ratio Comment
 When Humans Were Developed 1:1 Establishment Of Genetic Pattern
 Todays Western Diet 15-25:1 Plant Oils And Meat Are Preferred Over Fish
 Cardiovascular Disease 4:1 Up To 70% Reduction In Mortality
 Colorectal And Breast Cancer 2.5:1 Reduced Risk of Developing Cancer
 Inflammatory Diseases 2-3:1 Reduced Inflammation Of Arthritis
 Autoimmune Diseases 5:1 Favorable effect against Asthma

 Artemis P. Simopoulos, 2008  Minireview – The Importance of the Omega-3 Fatty Acid Ratio in Cardiovascular Diseases and Other  Chronic Diseases Society for Experimental Biology and Medicine, 674-688. *The Center for Genetics and health, Washington, DC 20009, Artemis P. Simopoulus. 2011. Evolutionary Aspects of Diet. The Omega-6/Omega-3 Ratio and the Brain. Mol. Neurobiology, 29. January 2011.

The recommended ratio from WHO is between 5:1 and 2:1, for optimal health benefits it should be 3:1 and lower, according to studies made.

The importance of the ratio of omega-6/omega-3 essential fatty acids. 

Visit Zinzino’s Wesite to learn more about the BalanceTest

Prostaglandin And Inflammation

Our body reacts on a bee sting by swelling the attacked area (causing acute inflammation) and telling the body’s immune system to send aid to the inflamed area.

A complicated process of inflammation and blood clotting is triggered.

As a part of this process, a group of signal hormones called prostaglandins is formed during a chemical reaction at the site where the injury or other issue occurred.

What makes prostaglandins unique among hormones, is that they are not secreted from a gland, but are created at the time they are needed directly where the problem exists.

Problems with prostaglandins can limit the healing process, cause increased inflammation and pain, and impact your overall health.

Once the attack is under control, the anti-inflammatory Omega 3 kicks in.

Omega-6/Omega-3 Balance And Prostaglandin Balance In The Body

Production of prostaglandins is strongly affected by our diet, but also by the body’s hormone balance, health status, and medication.

Due to high consumption of vegetable oils and meat from grain-fed animals, many people have a surplus of arachidonic acid (AA, omega-6 ) in their body.

This may result in an imbalance between omega 6 and omega 3. If such situation is sustained over time, chronic inflammation may develop and promote lifestyle-related health issues.

However, prostaglandin balance may be restored by changing to a diet rich in marine omega-3 fatty acids.

For more information on prostaglandins, take a look at these links:

More on Prostaglandins

Prostaglandin synthesis

 

Why most sources of omega 3 won’t get you in balance

 

Eating Fish

Farmed salmon contain more omega 6 than wild caught salmon because they are mostly fed with soy, corn and other Omega 6 rich fodder (Not to mention all the antibiotic treatments and sea lice treatments).

The seas are getting more and more contaminated, so the fish contain more heavy metals than is good for us (and them). The higher up the food chain, the more heavy metals they contain.

(2) Even some canned tuna in oil, contain a ratio of Omega 6:3 up to 15:1 This is because the oil used in the can is Omega 6.

If you were to balance your Omega 6:3 ratio eating fish. Some suggests that you would have to eat fish twice a day to get enough EPA (eicosapentaenoic acid) and DHA (docosahexaenoic acid), which are the active compounds in the Omega 3 fish oil. (and that would have to be wild caught deep sea fish to avoid heavy metal contamination).

What About Plant-Based Omega 3?

You might have heard that you can get Omega 3 in foods like flax, chia seeds, and walnuts.

It’s true that these are excellent vegetarian sources, but the form of Omega-3 in these products is called Alpha-Linolenic acid or ALA,  which the body has to convert into the longer chained EPA and DHA to benefit from it…

The problem is that the body can only convert a small portion (1-5%), into the beneficial EPA and DHA. But it’s still a good idea to supplement with those along with marine-based Omega 3’s.

What about Fish Oil Supplements?

Most fish oils go through a refining process where it’s cleaned from heavy metals and other contamination (which is good).

But in that process, the natural polyphenols that are in the fish protecting against oxidation is removed, exposing the oil to oxidation.

This destroys the Omega 3 and makes it harsh, which have adverse health effects.

So to keep the oil from oxidation, most fish oils are added vitamin E to help prevent oxidation.

This is all fine, but unfortunately, it’s not enough, because it takes the body up to 30 – 35 hours to fully uptake the oil and in that time most fish oils tend to get oxidized and thus have the opposite effect than desired.

Another overlooked issue is that many fish oil supplements come in capsules and is dosed wrongly since the correct dose depends on weight and how much EPA and DHA the oil contains.

Oil Stability Index

AOCS Official Method Cd12b-92
Average of 3 analysis at 70°C SINTEF – Fisheries and Aquaculture – August 2010

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Benefits Of Omega 3

1. Brain – Help maintain optimal and healthy brain function.

2. Circulation – Help maintain optimal and healthy circulation.

3. DNA Protection – Helps protect your DNA from free radical damage.

4. Anti-Oxidant – Protects your cells from the oxidative stress by free radicals.

5. Cell Function – Provides nutrients vital to optimal cell function.

6. Bone Health – Provides nutrients vital to a healthy bone structure.

7. Vision – Helps maintain optimal and healthy eye function.

8. Hair and Nails – Supports healthy hair and nails.

9. Skin Health and Elasticity – Promotes skin health and elasticity.

10.Heart – Helps maintain optimal and healthy heart function.

11.Immune System – Supports optimal and healthy immune function.

12.Muscle Health – Supports optimal and healthy muscle function.

* These statements have not been evaluated by the Food and Drug Administration.
These products are not intended to diagnose, treat, cure or prevent any disease.

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8 thoughts on “What Is Omega 6 3 Balance?

  1. This is a super cool article. I have spent years learning about nutrition and natural therapies but I have never heard of this 6:3 balance. You describe it really well. I’m stunned to learn of the benefits, especially as it relates to inflammation. Both my husband (who has cancer) and my sister-in-law (who has rhumatoid arthritis) have issues with inflammation. I will surely share this info. Thank you!

    1. Hi, Randene

      I’m sorry to hear about your husband has cancer, I really hope he will recover and the same goes for your sister-in-law.

       I can’t promise that getting in balance will help them, but I have seen a lot of unexplainable incidents.

       My mother was diagnosed with an aggressive type of cancer, and she was on both the BalanceOil and the Xtend, she had surgery where they removed the tumor, and they didn’t find any spread. (this happened this year) so she still has to wait the 5 years it takes to be declared totally cancer free. But my point is that the kind of cancer she had was one of the kinds of cancer with very low survival rate, so I can’t help thinking that the products have helped her, but that’s just my own theory.

      I would advise you to do some google search on omega balance and cancer, you might find some interesting articles. I’m glad you found my information helpful and please spread the word.. this is, in my opinion, a game changer when it comes to doing the best to prevent lifestyle-related diseases. 

      Best Reards

      Jasser

  2. Hi this is interesting because i am in the process of healthy eating i am trying to find out about suppliments ,
    I never knew that omega 6 and omega 3 were important fatty acids.
    I suffer from haemochromtosis which is an iron overload do you think i would be ok taking a suppliment? maybe cod liver oil as i see you have it on your chart with different products.
    I have also just lost my father to cancer so i am trying to weigh everything up, whats right and whats not.
    My father had mestatic lung, liver and lymph node cancer which none of us knew not even him, so this is why i really want to try and do things the proper way .
    Thank you for your interesting information i will deffo take it on board 🙂

    1. Hi,Sharoncl

      Sorry to hear about your loss of your father.

      I did a search on haemochromatosis and found that you would benefit from omega 3, but what I’m writing about is to get your omega 6 and omega 3 balanced and most fish, cod or krill oils can’t deliver that.

      This is from a search I did:

       Omega 3 fatty acids are also beneficial for everyone. People suffering from hemochromatosis are more prone to strokes than other people and these fatty acids may be very helpful as preventive measure against stroke or heart-related problems.

      If you ask me, most people will gain some or many benefits by getting in balance. Please take a look at the BalanceOil from zinzino that I’m promoting, it has helped me and many others with different issues, just by getting in balance.

      Thank’s for your comment, and I’m glad if I can help. 🙂

      Best regards

      Jasser

  3. Thank you for this very detailed post, I was taking Omega 3 supplements for few years due to memory problems, but finaly I decided that it doesn’t really help, so I stopped.
    Could you please share your thoughts about Omega 3/6/9 and memory problems?

    Thanks a lot for your time
    Best regards

    1. Hi, My Blog Secrets

      It’s often the case that people get too little omega 3 from Fish oil capsules and mostly also from the bottled omega 3’s.
      Approximately 90% of the fat in the human brain is DHA, so I would say that all people would benefit from adding a proper omega 3 supplement to their daily intake. (not only for memory but overall health)

      What I’m writing about is not an ordinary fish oil, since most fish oils can’t get your omega 3 and omega 6 in balance, which is crucial to the overall health and to combat chronic inflammation, one of the reasons we see such an explosion in lifestyle-related diseases.

      Also, most fish oils are not taken properly according to the body weight. The BalanceOil from Zinzino which you can learn more of on the next page’s is a test based omega 3 supplement added a special polyphenol, which is the way nature protects the oil in the fish so that it doesn’t get oxidized. I don’t recommend 3-6-9 supplements since we get too much omega 6 in our daily life in the foods we eat.

      With Zinzino’s test and balance oil, one will know how the fatty acid profile is before you start on the oil and again after 120 days. 95% of those who took the BalanceOil are getting an omega 6:3 balance of 3:1 or lower in the 120 days.

      Hope you got some answer to your question and thanks a lot for commenting and asking the question.

      Best Regards

      Jasser

  4. Thank you for this very informative article. I know plenty of information about Omega-3. I do actually consume a lot of fish that is caught in our closest lake. I do also take Omega-3 supplements. I find the benefits are great especially helping my body and mind as an anti-inflammatory and anti-oxidant. However, I do not know much about Omega-6, nor have I heard of it nearly as much as Omega-3. Thank you for providing me with this info as I will look out for Omega-6 and the proper ratio I need with Omega-3.

    1. Hi, Rob
      First, let me explain in short what Omega 6 is. Omega 6 is in almost all plant-based oils and most processed food is added Omega 6 to make it last longer and other factors.
      we need both Omega 3 and Omega 6 but as it is now we get too much omega 6 compared to Omega 3, thus creating an unbalance between the two.

      Recent science point at the unbalance as a crucial factor when it comes to lifestyle-related diseases, caused by a silent inflammation in our bodies. Depression is also according to many research papers a form of silent inflammation in the brain.
      I’m not sure if the freshwater fishes contain a high amount of omega 3, but If you had read the whole article, you would learn that most omega 3 supplements cant get you in a balance of the recommended 3:1 or lower, because you either dose wrong and it gets oxidized in the body before your body can absorb it.

      To test your balance you can buy a test that shows where you’re at in your omega 6:3 balance. Most Americans have a balance of 25:1 which is way out of proportion. Zinzino has made a bundle where you get 2 tests and the BalanceOil on a subscription, so you can test before you start and again after 120 days on the BalanceOil.

      The BalanceOil is not an ordinary Omega 3 supplement as it is added the right amount of polyphenols to protect the oil from oxidizing.
      Take a look at this video: https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=0kzBGl140XE

      I’m glad that you like the info I have provided and wish you the best.

      Best Regards

      Jasser

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