How Much IS The Right Amount?
Some researchers suggest that the perfect ratio is one Omega 3 for every four Omega 6. But they base these figures on enzyme studies in tissue culture.
Some suggest that the traditional Omega 3 to Omega 6 ratio was 1:1. This is untrue. The Inuit ratio was 2.5 : 1 and did not produce Omega 6 deficiency symptoms.
Mediterranean diets are about 1 : 6 without producing Omega 3 deficiency. The brain of both traditions contains a ratio of 1 : 1, indicating that the brain takes what it needs from what the body gets.
In practice, we find that oils richer in Omega 3 (a 2 : 1 ratio of Omega 3 to Omega 6) provides the best health support and improvement.
Flax oil is too rich in Omega 3 for the long term, and can lead to Omega 6 deficiency, because Omega 3 and Omega 6 EFAs compete for enzyme space in our cells. When using only Flaxseed oil some experience dry eyes, skipped heart beats and fragile, thin skin, and others suffered eczema, psoriasis and increased infections. Research now suggests that too much n-3 accompanied by too little n-6 can increase cancer incidence up to 8-fold. This indicates that the n-3:n-6 ratio is one of the most important determiners of whether an oil will heal or kill. (Flax is the richest source of Omega 3 but a poor source of Omega 6). No traditional diet has flax's high ratio of 4:1 Omega 3 to Omega 6.
The Inuit's 2.5:1 ratio is the Omega 3 - richest diet, and serves as nature's measure of the upper limit of safe Omega 3 richness.
There are fats that kill, and fats that heal. We should avoid the first, and
make sure that we get the second.
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