Getting the right balance: Omega 6 and Omega 3

Posted on November 24th, 2012 at 9:48 pm by

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With the busy pace of life most of us lead these days, it is little wonder that our diets have suffered. We often rely on junk food and highly processed foods for convenience and speed. However, this inevitably means that you will be missing out on valuable vitamins, minerals and nutrition.

One thing that more and more of us have started to miss out on due to our ‘convenience diets’ is a good balance of essential fatty acids, which come in the form of Omega 3 and Omega 6 fatty acids. These acids cannot be produced naturally by our bodies but they are vital to our health, which is why it is so important that wePhotobucket get them through our diet.

Where can you find Omega fatty acids?

We weren’t always as reliant on fast foods and convenience foods as we are today. In years gone by, many people were getting a good balance of Omega 3 and Omega 6 fatty acids as part of their diet.  However, these days many of us are consuming high levels of Omega 6 but are getting nowhere near enough Omega 3, which is creating an imbalance that needs to be addressed. Omega 6 is often found in processed foods, so the intake of this particular fatty acid is quite high for some.  However, Omega 3 is only available through a limited number of sources such as cold water fatty fish (think tuna and salmon), which means that many of us miss out on Omega 3.

Omega fatty acids and health issues

An important difference that needs to be noted when it comes to Omega 3 and Omega 6 fatty acids is that one – Omega 3 – is considered to have anti-inflammatory properties whereas the other – Omega 6 – is thought to be pro-inflammatory. The fact that most of us are getting too much Omega 6 and not enough Omega 3 therefore puts us at risk of various health issues, such as heart problems, neurological issues and even cancer.  With this in mind, the importance of changing our diets to ensure a good combination of Omega 3 and Omega 6 fatty acids become clear.

A balancing act

Getting the right balance when it comes to these fatty acids is important in terms of promoting a healthy lifestyle. Some of us head to the local gym to get into shape, however, this is just a part of the bigger picture – diet is just as important as exercise. If you are planning to work out at the gym in order to enjoy a healthier lifestyle, you should also take time to look at your diet and determine whether you are getting the right balance of these essential fatty acids.

Author Bio: Sarah Paige  is a health and fitness enthusiast who enjoys to work out at her local Bondi gym.

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