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November 2020 – Should I get my Omega Ratio Tested?


 

 
“Should I get My Omega Ratio Tested?”
 
The ALP Newsletter
 

Dear Reader,

We are looking forward to the growing research on Omega 3s and how a balanced Omega 6:3 ratio will help benefit human health for years to come.

We want to use this month’s newsletter to help our readers gain a better understanding of Omega 3s and how they function in the body. An omega 3 is a polyunsaturated fatty acid (PUFA). These PUFAs are the predecessors to highly effective lipid mediators, called eicosanoids (Wall, Ross, Fitzgerald, and Stanton, 2010). Eicosanoids are what the body uses to control inflammation. Eicosanoids derived from omega 3s reduce inflammation while eicosanoids derived from omega 6s increase inflammation (Wall, Ross, Fitzgerald, and Stanton, 2010). Both Omega 3s and Omega 6s are necessary for bodily function, but they must be kept in balance in order to promote homeostasis (the state of your body when it is balanced).

Having a balanced Omega 6 to Omega 3 ratio allows your body to function properly in order to prevent underlying chronic inflammatory diseases. Artemis Simopolous explains in The American Journal of Clinical Nutrition:

“Several sources of information suggest that man evolved on a diet with a ratio of ω6 to ω3 fatty acids of ∼ 1 whereas today this ratio is ∼10:1 to 20–25:1, indicating that Western diets are deficient in ω3 fatty acids compared with the diet on which humans evolved and their genetic patterns were established. . . Therefore appropriate amounts of dietary ω6 and ω3 fatty acids need to be considered in making dietary recommendations, and these two classes of PUFAs should be distinguished because they are metabolically and functionally distinct and have opposing physiological functions. Their balance is important for homeostasis and normal development. Canada is the first country to provide separate dietary recommendations for ω6 and ω3 fatty acids” (Simopolous, 1991).

So a question arises after understanding the need for a balanced omega 6:3 ratio, “How do I find out my Omega 6:3 ratio?” The answer is, to get your ratio tested. There are labs that will perform these tests and we recommend checking out Cleveland Heart Labs, Quest Labs, or Grassroots Labs. If your provider does not order, then you can self refer and order an Omega Check lab from Grassroots Labs to have an OmegaCheck for $65. This lab report will help you understand if your current diet is “cutting it” in terms of your omega 6:3 ratio. If you are eating too many Omega 6s you put yourself at a greater risk of developing an inflammatory disease and a host of other bodily imbalances.

 

We recommend you not only test your omega 6:3 ratio but also consume a diet rich in Omega 3s (i.e. salmon, trout, avocados,  flax seeds, etc…) You should also consider supplementing with a high-quality Omega 3 supplement (such as Alp High 3) as many western diets simply do not contain enough Omega 3s to balance your ratios. ALP Life Sciences is committed to providing you with thorough research so you can make more informed decisions about your health.

 

Stay safe and stay healthy.

Sincerely,

Robert A. Barker, MD

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The Big Three

Three scholarly research articles to further your understanding of Omega 6/3 Ratios and their roles in reducing Chronic Inflammatory Disease

 
 
The Influence of Omega-3 Fatty Acids on Skeletal Muscle Protein Turnover in Health, Disuse, and Disease
 
Ingestion of omega-3 fatty acids is known to exert favorable health effects on a number of biological processes such as improved immune profile, enhanced cognition, and optimized neuromuscular function. Recently, data have emerged demonstrating a positive influence of omega-3 fatty acid intake on skeletal muscle. 
  
 
 
 
 
 
 
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Human Milk Omega-3 Fatty Acid Composition Is Associated with Infant Temperament
 
These associations remained statistically significant after considering covariates, including maternal age, marital status, and infant birth weight. The n-6 PUFAs, n-6/n-3 ratio, and total fat of milk were not associated with infant temperament. These results suggest that mothers may have the ability to shape the behavior of their offspring by adjusting the n-3 PUFA composition of their milk.
 
 
  
 
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Omega 6:3 Ratio
 

Excessive amounts of omega-6 polyunsaturated fatty acids (PUFA) and a very high omega 6-/omega-3 ratio, as is found in today’s Western and Indian diets, promote the pathogenesis of many diseases, including cardiovascular disease, cancer, and inflammatory and autoimmune disease, whereas increased levels of omega-3 PUFA (a lower Omega-6/omega-3 ratio), exert suppressive effects. In the secondary prevention of cardiovascular disease, a ratio of omega-6/omega-3 of 4/1 was associated with a 70% decrease in total mortality.

 
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ALP Life Sciences is focused on advancing research in Applied Lipid Polymorphism (ALP – taking good fat to remove and remodel bad fat) to Combat the Global Epidemic of Chronic Inflammatory Disease

 
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