Omega 3 and Omega 6 essentially fatty acids both have different effects on the body. Omega-6s are pro-inflammatory, while Omega-3s have an anti-inflammatory effect -- and it's important to find the right ratio to ensure you stay healthy.
The modern Western diet typically attracts an over-consumption of omega 6.
Historically, the ratio between omega 3 and 6 was 1:1, more often now it is closer to 10:1 – 20:1. High consumption of omega 6 may result in an inflammatory environment in your body making it more susceptible to disease. Omega 6 may block the pathways for omega 3 to convert to EPA and DHA, which are responsible for many health benefits including reduced risk of heart disease and reducing inflammation and enhancing brain health.
Ideally, we want to re-establish and maintain a 1:1 – 4:1 ratio. By enjoying a variety of different Healthy Kitchen Oils we are providing our bodies with the right nourishment to create this balance.
We asked Our Resident Nutritionist, Steph Lowe to delve into the reasons behind this imbalance, and how to achieve a better omega balance – check out her article.