31 Mar Do You Need to Supplement with Fish Oil?
Omega-3 and omega-6 fatty acids are very common in our diets. Unfortunately, Americans on average consume 10 times more omega-6 than omega-3. This leads to an increase in inflammation that has been linked to many diseases including cardio-vascular disease, diabetes, Alzheimer’s and arthritis. Foods containing omega-6 fatty acids are vegetable oils, salad dressings and mayonnaise, fried fast foods, cookies, candies, pastries, dairy products, eggs and red meat. Foods high in omega-3 fatty acids (DHA docosahexaenoic acid and EPA eicosopentaenoic acid) are mackerel, salmon, cod liver oil, walnuts, chia seeds, herring, flax seed and tuna. Ideally, the ratio consumed between omega-6: omega-3 should be 1:1. Unfortunately, Americans tend to be closer to 15 or 17:1.
A balanced ratio between omega-3 and omega-6 can be achieved by either decreasing the amount of omega-6 that is consumed or increasing the amount of omega-3. It is recommended to eat 2 servings (8 oz) of fish high in omega 3’s two times per week. If this is not reasonable, patients can use supplementation. Supplementing of Omega 3 should be done with fish oil, krill oil, cod liver oil or algal oil for vegan patients.
Through making smart dietary choices, including consumption of fish and reducing processed foods and red meat, you can take control of your overall health. Supplementation of omega-3 may be necessary so please feel free to call and ask about our high quality, professional grade Pro-Omega fish oil from Nordic Naturals. It is guaranteed not to taste “fishy” and even comes with Vitamin D. It may be just what you need to put your body in the proper balance.