American Diet Moving Steadily Away From Omega-3 Fatty Acids
December 28, 2009 by Bob Livingston
The ratio of omega-3 fats to omega-6 fats has been moving in favor of omega-6s for years in the American diet. My reading tells me that this imbalance of the omega-3s and omega-6s is dominant in the American diet, leading to general and specific deterioration in American health. Domination of omega-6s appears to be specific to inflammation, and inflammation seems to be associated with serious health problems including heart disease and cancer.
To help rebalance the omegas, eat more fish, especially salmon.
Recently I’ve done considerable research on krill oil. This product is truly amazing and far superior to fish oil supplements in both safety and efficacy.
I firmly believe that as more and more studies are done on krill oil you’ll see it revolutionize the supplement market for boosting cardiovascular health and lowering inflammation.
In krill we may have the most basic nutrition possible. When we consume krill and krill oil we are at the very beginning of the marine food chain. This is our guarantee of purity and peak nutrition.
Krill oil’s bioavailability means peak absorption. The key is the phytoplankton diet of the tiny krill. The smaller the marine life, the shorter its life span and the lesser the chance of contamination. The smaller the sea life the less mercury and other toxins. In fact, phytoplankton is grown abundantly in oceans around the world and is the foundation of the marine life food chain. Krill’s food source is phytoplankton.
Since phytoplankton contains the pigment chlorophyll, which gives them their greenish color, its food source comes from photosynthesis in which sunlight is the energy source. Through photosynthesis, phytoplankton are also responsible for much of the oxygen present in the earth’s atmosphere. What better energy food source than sunlight?
Besides photosynthesis, phytoplankton are crucially dependent on ocean minerals. These are primarily macronutrients such as nitrate, phosphate or silicic acid. This means that through krill we are getting the macronutrients and microorganisms in aquatic food webs of the ocean, as well as in sea salt, which we have come to accept as a miracle for human health.
Krill Oil is an Excellent Source of Omega-3
A major health issue in the United States today is obesity, caused in large part by our diet heavy in omega-6. In early human history the ratio of omega-6 to omega-3 fats was one to one. In America today our dietary ratio is as high as 50 to one in favor of omega-6 fats. The lower our ratio of omega-6 to omega-3 the better—with the ideal ratio being one to one.
Many scientists believe that a major reason for our high incidence of heart disease, hypertension, diabetes, obesity, premature aging and some forms of cancer is the profound imbalance of our consumption of omega-6 and omega-3 fatty acids.
The large food processors, in their drive for mass marketing and shelf life, have loaded us with omega-6 fatty acids. They have given us easy living and early death.
There are more oils on the market to avoid than there are we should eat. Commercial oils to avoid are sunflower oil, corn oil, soy, safflower and canola oil. Also avoid hydrogenated or partially hydrogenated fats, margarine, vegetable oils and shortening. All these are chock full of omega-6 fats and have worsened our ratio of good/bad fats.
Grain-fed beef is very high in bad fats.
Oils that are good are high-quality virgin olive oil and coconut oil. Avocados and organic butter from grass-fed cows are also healthy.
Can We Just Eat Fish?
We can just eat fish and over time we can begin to reverse our omega ratio, especially if we greatly diminish our intake of omega-6 and increase our intake of omega-3.
Krill oil is the perfect way to restore proper omega-3/omega-6 balance, as it contains 10 times more of the healthier omega-3 fatty acids than omega-6. This is more than enough to help offset the dangers of the high omega-6 American diet and will greatly help you reduce inflammation.
Krill oil is purely formulated from tiny Antarctic krill which feed on the powerful phytoplankton sea diet.
In the past we have discussed the huge problem of sludging blood in seniors. Our blood thickens with age, evidently leading to a stroke or heart attack. Omega-3 deficiency is known to compromise the blood-brain barrier that normally protects the brain from unwanted matter gaining access to the brain. Omega-3 deficiency can also decrease normal blood flow in the brain.
Just for the record, clinical studies are conclusive that omega-3s improve heart health, improve memory, slow aging and support the brain and nervous system.
Krill oil contains phospholipids that closely resemble the ones in the human brain and this makes krill oil very easy for the body to assimilate and use. Contrary to this, regular fish oil contains triglycerides, which the body has to break down and convert before assimilation.
I’ve been a long-time advocate of supplementing diets with fish oil. However, I firmly believe that krill oil is a remarkable discovery and will totally revolutionize the fish oil and omega-3 market as we know it. In every head-to-head scientific study between fish oil and krill oil, krill has been proven far superior in its healthy benefits. It’s definitely made a believer out of me.
I need more research on the balance of the omegas. Do you readers know of any, including a book(s)? Also I need more material on the cause of inflammation.
I have found that readers, particularly those who are hard core involved in alternative health, have serious information that is hard to uncover. Please share with me.