Aug 18, 2011 - 1:55 pm
The follow is an excerpt from an article whose link is http://www.ncbi.nlm.nih.gov/pubmed/18408140
"Excessive amounts of omega-6 polyunsaturated fatty acids (PUFA) and a very high omega-6/omega-3 ratio, as is found in today's Western diets, promote the pathogenesis of many diseases, including cardiovascular disease, cancer, and inflammatory and autoimmune diseases, whereas increased levels of omega-3 PUFA (a low omega-6/omega-3 ratio) exert suppressive effects.... [These] studies indicate that the optimal ratio may vary with the disease under consideration.... A lower ratio of omega-6/omega-3 fatty acids is more desirable in reducing the risk of many of the chronic diseases of high prevalence in Western societies...."
I have been diligently tracking my foods using a chart recommended by Karen, the link to which is http://nutritiondata.self.com/mynd/mytracking/tracking-analysis Following a breakfast of all types of fruit (peaches, plums, cantaloupe, banana) and a lunch of 1/2 avocado and one beefsteak tomato, a dressing of turmeric/black pepper/warm olive oil and then a handful of almonds, my total Omega 3s are about 350 and my Omega 6s are a whopping 2881mg. I think the avocado did me in.
All of the websites I check indicate that the ratio of Omega 6s to Omega 3s should ideally be 3:1. I am basically a vegetarian/almost a vegan. What can I do to up my intake of Omega 6 fatty acids and improve my ratio using only food and no supplements?
Is anyone else interested in this?