What's the optimal intake of omega 3 and omega 6 fatty acids

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Understanding the Omega-6 to Omega-3 Ratio

The ideal Omega-6 to Omega-3 ratio for human health is suggested to be 1:1. However, modern Western diets have significantly skewed this ratio to as high as 16.7:1. This imbalance can contribute to inflammation and various chronic diseases.

Impact on Disease Prevention

Studies indicate that a higher Omega-6 to Omega-3 ratio is linked to increased risk of diseases, while higher Omega-3 levels have anti-inflammatory and suppressive effects. A lower ratio is associated with a reduced risk of chronic diseases.

Real-world Examples and Recommendations

For instance, a ratio of 2.5 to 1 was shown to reduce rectal cell proliferation in patients with colorectal cancer. Achieving balance is key; a ratio of 4 to 1 with the same Omega-3 amount had no effect, highlighting the importance of optimal ratios for health.

Practical Tips for Balanced Intake

Including high-quality Omega-3 sources like fish in your diet...

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