Balancing the Omega 3-6-9 Ratio
Lots of research has been done on the benefits of Omegas, most of which are correlated to cardiovascular health. All three of these fatty acids – Omega 3, 6 and 9 – have a role to play in maintaining homeostasis (or balance when it comes to your health). Find below the similarities and differences between different Omegas, as well as the products in-store to help keep inflammation in check.
Omega-3 fatty acids are considered essential fatty acids. That is, they are vital for our health, but the human body cannot make them on its own and so we have to get them from our food. Of all the fatty acids, omega-3s are the most important. They reduce inflammation in the body and can help lower the risk of chronic degenerative diseases that plague the population—heart disease, high cholesterol, arthritis, dementia, and even certain types of cancer.
Omega-6 fatty acids, like omega-3s, are essential fatty acids that can only be provided to us through food and supplements. Omega-6 fatty acids play a critical role in brain function. They also help stimulate skin and hair growth, maintain bone health, regulate metabolism, and maintain the reproductive system.
Unlike the 3s and 6s, omega 9 fatty acids are not considered essential fatty acids because our bodies can make omega-9s in small amounts. Omega-9s are used by the body when the omega-3 and omega-6 fatty acids are not readily present. Primarily, omega-9 has a positive health effect on the lowering of cholesterol levels, reducing of insulin resistance, and boosting the immune system. However, the body will eventually suffer from having a large amount of omega-9s if there is lack of the proper amount of omega-3s.