What should I choose? Omega-3 or Omega-6 fatty acids? It does not matter as long as they are Omega’ fatty acids.
Our Omega-6/Omega-3-balance is fundamentally disturbed. Our food supply contains too many Omega-6 fatty acids, mainly derived from vegetable oils (safflower, sunflower, corn, sesame, peanut oils), meat, eggs and/or dairy products.
The amount of Omega-6 in the average Western diet is approximately 15 times too high. In order to restore the balance we need to take extra Omega-3 fatty acids on a daily basis.
Overconsumption of Omega-6 fatty acids releases substances in the body that cause inflammation. Chronic inflammation is a typical characteristic of auto-immune disorders such as rheumatoid arthritis, Crohn’s disease, colitis ulcerosa, multiple sclerosis, lupus erythematosus, but also of heart and cardiovascular disease, diabetes and depression.
Omega-3 fatty acids inhibit inflammation. Increased use of Omega-3 fatty acids reduces the risk of inflammation. All the more reason to consume a balanced supply of Omega-6 and Omega-3 fatty acids.
The Omega-6/Omega-3 balance defines the equilibrium between useful, acceptable inflammations and useless, chronic inflammations that should be avoided.