The cells of your body are extremely complex and are composed of a variety of fatty acids that help the cells preform various functions. Fatty acids are classified into 4 groups, saturated fatty acids (SFA), monosaturated fatty acids (MUFA) and polyunsaturated fatty acids (PUFA).
Your body produces many fatty acids from other molecules with the exception of 2 forms of PUFA commonly known as omega-3 and omega-6 fatty acids. Both of these are referred to as essential fatty acids because they cannot be synthesized in the body from other molecules and it is ‘essential’ they be consumed in the diet.
For millions of years during our evolution, there was a balanced intake of omega-3 and omega-6 fatty acids with a ratio of 1:1. This means that when omega-3 fatty acids were eaten, an equal portion of omega-6 fatty acid were also eaten.
The present Western diet is deficient in omega-3 fatty acids and contains an overabundance of omega-6 with a resulting omega-3:omega-6 of 1:15. The excessive intake of omega-6 fatty acids triggers excessive metabolic inflammation within your body.
Metabolic inflammation is the driving force behind many common diseases such as heart attacks, diabetes, high blood pressure, sleep apnea, obesity and Alzheimer’s disease.
Increase your intake of all 3 types of omega-3 fatty acids (ALA, EPA & DHA) and reduce your intake of omega-6 fatty acids to begin restoring your health.
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