How is Omega-6 different from Omega-3 in terms of benefits?
Laura Cipullo (New York, NY) on Aug 19, 2011
Omega fatty acids are polyunsaturated fats. The typical American diet is too high in Omega 6 fatty acids (from animal protein) and too low in the omega 3 fatty acids (found in deep sea fish, flax and walnuts). Omega 3 fatty acids are the beneficial fats that are thought to help to decrease inflammation, increase your good cholesterol and possibly counter depression. Most important is that the omega 3 fatty acids be in the form of DHA or EPA, fatty acid chains that are only found in fish or algae. To increase your omega 3 intake, include wild salmon, wild trout and or canned chunk light tuna at least 2 times a week.
Shantih Coro (Hallandale Beach, FL) on Aug 19, 2011
The most important thing is to consume Omega 3 and Omega 6 in a certain ratio. Too much Omega 3 or Omega 6 is not good either way. Vegetable oils such as safflower, sunflower, corn, soy, etc. contain high levels of Omega 6 and no Omega 3. Canola oil contains some Omega 3, but since this "oil" is extracted at high temperature, it is mostly destroyed during processing. Carbohydrates are also high in Omega 6. An excess of Omega 6 leads to inflammation, premature aging, thyroid problems and many other health problems. Consume whole, real foods from local farmers, grass-fed meat, wild fish, etc. and you will be fine. Those foods have the perfect ratio of Omega 3/Omega 6. Nature does not make errors.