I watched the Dr. Oz show and there was a female doctor who said Omega 6 was good for PMS and bloating. Is this true?
Shantih Coro (Hallandale Beach, FL) on Aug 26, 2011
As far as PMS goes, some fatty acids like Gamma Linolenic Acid (GLA) actually improve PMS symptoms. GLA can be taken in form of supplements, but source quality is key, as is the way that manufacturer extracts, processes and encapsulates it, or if any filler is added. Not all supplements are made equal. Usually good healthcare practitioners use supplements that are sold only to physicians or nutritionist. This does not mean that GLA should be taken in excess; there always must be a balance between Omega3 and Omega 6. Too much Omega 6 results in inflammation. The ideal ratio of Omega3/Omega 6 should be between 1:1 to 1:3 while the SAD is 1:25. As far as Omega 6 reducing bloating -- totally unscientific. Thinking that a pill being a supplement or a medicine will solve a problem is wrong. Bloating can occur when fruit is eaten with a meal, but more likely it is the result of poor gut function and flora due to poor nutrition and lifestyle. Only a lab test like a mucosal barrier test can really tell you about the health of your gut.