The Importance of Balancing Oil
To begin, I want to quote an article, “When there is an overabundance of omega-6 in the diet, our body’s ability to absorb and utilize omega-3 is inhibited. This causes a host of undesirable reactions including sexual and immune dysfunction, and increased cancer risk. The Western world has greatly increased its omega-6 intake due to its higher use of vegetable oils over the past 60 years. Not surprisingly, cancer and heart disease rates have skyrocketed.” Stephen Byrnes, ND, The Role of Essential Fatty Acids in Breast Cancer Prevention. Health Quarters Monthly, August 2009.
Omega-6 Sources: Cereals, eggs, meats (other than fish), breads, baked goods, and most vegetable oils (corn, canola, safflower, sunflower, soy)
Omega-3 Sources: Fish and/or fish oil, flaxseed (oil), walnuts (oil), spirulina, and other blue/green algae
Another quote I found quite useful, “The main component of flaxseed and walnut oils is alpha-linolenic acid, while the predominantly fatty acids found in fatty fish and fish oils are eicosapentaenoic acid (EPA) and docosahexaenoic acid (DHA). The most beneficial and active of these fatty acids are EPA and DHA. Alpha-linolenic acid can be converted to EPA and DHA in the body, but the conversion is quite insufficient, especially in older people.” (Also true for diabetics or people suffering schizophrenia). Stephen Byrnes, ND. The Role of Essential Fatty Acids in Breast Cancer Prevention. Health Quarters Monthly, August 2009.
I wanted to quote these two significant points because this is very important! You want to do whatever you can to balance your oils. Become aware of what you are eating. Do you “eat to live” or “live to eat”?