Essential Fatty Acids

Essential fatty acids are essential to the human diet because we aren’t able to synthesize enough on our own. Omega-3 & Omega-6 regulate the body’s inflammation response. If you are eating the Standard American Diet, you are most likely consuming too much Omega-6. This imbalance leads to inflammatory diseases. In Latin, “-itis” means inflammation, thus any disease ending in “-itis” (arthritis, colitis, bronchitis, etc…), all stem from there being too much Omega-6, and too little Omega-3.

Inflammation is important in the proper amount. It helps fight viruses and induces healing. It’s not inherently “bad”, it just needs balance.

In order to achieve this balance, one should reduce consumption of foods high in Omega-6 and increase consumption of Omega-3. You want to be avoiding meats such as pork and chicken which have a 10:1 ratio of 6:3, as well as oils commonly found in processed foods including olive, canola and soybean.

While the most popular supplement prescribed is Omega-3 as fish oil capsules, there are many other arguably better sources. Fish don’t synthesize fatty acids in their bodies and actually acquire them through eating algae, which you can easily supplement. Chlorella, Blue-green algae, phytoplankton, and even nori seaweed provide you with pure omegas in their original form. Chia, flax, and hemp seeds also supply adequate, well balanced amounts of both 3 and 6, plus other nutrients and fiber; delicious additions to any recipe. And with overfishing and pollution straining our oceans, choosing plant based sources of omegas are a great way to keep both yourself and the planet healthy and happy.

At Country Harmony we are happy to carry a wide range of supplements to help you choose which source of omega fatty acids is right for you.

– Sarah Klein, Health Writer