You’ve probably heard about the taking fish oil supplements, noticed the pastured eggs at the grocery store with the “DHA/EPA”, eating more fish and grassfed meat, etc. etc. Why is that important?
– Omega 3 and Omega 6 are “essential” fatty acids because they’re necessary but are not produced by the body.
– Although they are both essential, our standard western diet is rich in Omega 6 fatty acids (usually found in vegetable oils – corn, soy, peanut, safflower and other oils) and deficient in the Omega 3 fatty acids (grassfed animal products, wild caught fish, algae, flax, etc.)
– This skewed ratio of omega 6 to omega 3 in the typical modern American diet (30:1) is far from what is supposed to be normal and good for us (1:1, 2:1, 4:1).
– The ratios are important because omega 3 fatty acids are non-inflammatory and omega 6 are pro-inflammatory. They keep each other in check.
– Trying to achieve that balanced ratio by increasing our consumption of omega 3 fatty acids leads to — lower inflammation — higher bone density and lower risk for diabetes, heart disease and many other inflammation related disorders.
– Fish oil is a great way to help restore this ratio. Whole foods like grassfed animal fats and wild caught fish are ideal.
Here’s a 5-ingredient fish recipe that’ll take you less than 20 minutes to cook!