If I take krill oil (omega 3) supplements, should I take omega 6 supplements also?
Adam Yezer (Raleigh, NC) on Mar 6, 2012
Try to consume foods rich in omega-3s, like salmon, twice a week. A healthy diet contains a balance of omega-3 and omega-6 fatty acids. Omega-3 fatty acids help reduce inflammation, and some omega-6 fatty acids tend to promote inflammation. In fact, some studies suggest that elevated intakes of omega-6 fatty acids may play a role in Complex Regional Pain Syndrome. The typical American diet contains up to 25 times more omega-6 fatty acids than omega-3 fatty acids. The Mediterranean diet, on the other hand, has a healthier balance between omega-3 and omega-6 fatty acids. Many studies have shown that people who follow this diet are less likely to develop heart disease. The Mediterranean diet does not include much meat (which is high in omega-6 fatty acids, though grass-fed beef has a more favorable omega-3 to omega-6 fatty acid ratio) and emphasizes foods rich in omega-3 fatty acids, including whole grains, fresh fruits and vegetables, fish, olive oil and garlic, as well as moderate wine consumption.
Beth Warren (Brooklyn, NY) on Mar 6, 2012
The typical American diet contains plenty of omega-6. On the other hand, omega-3 supplements are a good idea. Omega-3 is also found in foods like salmon and walnuts. Visit www.bethwarrennutrition.com for other tips.
Melanie Zook (Fort Mill, SC) on Mar 6, 2012
Most people typically get plenty of omega-6 fatty acids from their diet, so there is no need to supplement.
Michaela Ballmann (Altadena, CA) on Sep 30, 2012
For the most part, our ratio of omega 6 to omega 3 fatty acids is way out of balance. The optimal ratio is somewhere between 1:1 and 4:1, but the standard western diet is closer to 15:1. In other words, we don't have any problem getting enough omega 6 from the food we eat (vegetables oils like corn, safflower, sunflower; meat, eggs, dairy). It would be beneficial if we ate less of omega-6-containing foods while eating more omega-3-rich foods (fatty fish, canola oil, flax seed, chia seed, hemp seed, walnuts) and taking omega 3 supplements (either from marine or algal sources) to improve our omega 6:3 ratio.