Skip to content

The Necessity of Having Proper Levels of Omega-3 Fatty Acids

‘Fatty acids are used by every cell in the body; they are an integral part of cell membranes and influence the function of cell membrane receptors.’

‘Essential fatty acids are polyunsaturated fatty acids that cannot be synthesized by the body and must be obtained from dietary sources.’

‘The appropriate ratio of dietary omega-6 to omega-3 is important for optimal body function, and should be around 3:1 or 2:1.’  In the current human diet, this ratio is approximately 20:1, ‘largely because of the high intake of omega-6 rich foods…’

‘The primary sources of omega-6s are grain-fed beef, processed foods, and liquid vegetable oils…’

‘A diet high in omega-3 fatty acids is associated with decreased risks of heart disease, arthritis, asthma, and certain cancers.’

‘Adequate omega-3 intake in pregnant and nursing women and young children is acknowledged for its positive role in increasing gestation and birth weight and its effects on neonatal cognitive and visual function.’ (Prenatal Omega-3 Fatty Acids: Review and Recommendations – Journal of Midwifery & Women’s Health, November/December 2010; Volume 55, No.6; pp. 520-528)

This is another great study which demonstrates the necessity of having proper levels of omega-3 fatty acids in our body.  Although omega-3 fatty acids can be found in flax seed, canola oil, and certain leafy plants, we recommend that you get them from consuming fish or from purified fish oil as they are more readily absorbed by the body in these forms.