Omega-3 and omega-6 fatty acids are essential fatty acids that are necessary for good health, but when they are not in balance, it can lead to a variety of health problems.
Symptoms of an imbalance in omega-3 and omega-6 fatty acids can include:
- Dry, itchy, or inflamed skin
- Dry or brittle hair and nails
- Mood swings or irritability
- Joint pain or stiffness
- Poor memory or concentration
- Inflammation in the body
- Increased risk of certain chronic diseases, such as heart disease and certain types of cancer
It’s worth noting that these symptoms can also be caused by other factors, and an imbalance in omega-3 and omega-6 fatty acids may not be the only cause. However, if you are experiencing these symptoms, it may be worth considering your dietary intake of omega-3 and omega-6 fatty acids.
The typical Western diet tends to be high in omega-6 fatty acids, which are found in vegetable oils, processed foods and meats. While omega-6 fatty acids are necessary for health, they should be consumed in balance with omega-3 fatty acids, which are found in fatty fish, flaxseed, and walnuts. Consuming a diet that is rich in omega-3 fatty acids, such as fatty fish, flaxseed, and walnuts, and limiting the intake of processed foods and high-omega-6 vegetable oils may be beneficial for maintaining a balance of omega-3 and omega-6 fatty acids.
It’s also important to consult with a qualified healthcare professional if you have any concerns about your dietary intake of omega-3 and omega-6 fatty acids. In clinic we will evaluate your individual needs using blood test based nutrition and provide the best advice on how to achieve the best balance of these essential fatty acids to relieve you of the symptoms and inflammation you may be experiencing. Book your consultation today.