Fatty Acid Comparison
There are two main classifications of essential fatty acids, omega 3 fatty acids and omega 6 fatty acids. These classifications are based on the structure of the fatty acid and as they differ in structure they also differ in biological function. It is useful to think of omega 6 fatty acids coming from corn, soy, safflower, and sunflower sources. Think of omega 3 fatty acids as coming from flax (LNA) or from fish or wild game meat (EPA/DHA).
The different types and sources of omega 3 fatty acids will be discussed in detail in a later section – this is a very important topic which includes information clarifying why humans and other meat-eating animals require the consumption of EPA and DHA from fish or wild game and cannot rely on flax (LNA) in order to supply sufficient EPA and DHA Omega 3 EFAs.
Without getting too biochemically technical the best word to think about with regard to the proper relationship between omega 6 and omega 3 fatty acids is balance. Literally, the ratio of omega 6 to omega 3 fatty acids in both your diet and your body should be 1:1. Too much omega 6 (toxicity) or too little omega 3 (deficiency) leads to improper cell function which causes excessive inflammation, decreased immune function and increased susceptibility to virtually every chronic illness including heart disease, cancer, arthritis, diabetes, depression, Alzheimer’s, osteoporosis, allergies etc.
It is a scientific fact that due to our dietary and food processing habits virtually every citizen in Industrial or Western nations is both toxic with omega 6 EFAs and deficient in omega 3 EFAs. This is responsible for significantly contributing to poor physical and mental health and increased incidence of illness. In fact research indicates that the ratio of omega 6 to omega 3 fatty acids in the average diet is now up to 20:1 in favor of omega 6!! This is because farmed meat and virtually every packaged or fast food is loaded with corn, soy, safflower, or sunflower derivatives.
Furthermore, fish, including farmed fish, is now so riddled with pollutants such as heavy metals and PCBs and dioxins that eating enough fish to get your omega 3 EFAs is considered dangerous. In fact, pregnant women are now being advised by the federal government to avoid eating some fish due to the documented high levels of these contaminants. This is why supplementation with a purified, toxin free fish oil like Omega Sufficiency® is now crucial for every person starting from infancy. We simply cannot safely get enough EPA/DHA omega 3 fatty acids without proper supplementation.
Wild game sources of omega 3 EFAs are not available to the vast majority of citizens and simply raising deer or other “wild” animals on a farm and feeding them corn or soy produces the same omega 6 rich and omega 3 deficient meat as is found in domesticated farmed animals.