Archive for the ‘omega-6’ Category

One Cause of Inflammation

Friday, June 13th, 2014

“Dietary sugars and refined flours are the biggest triggers of inflammation. They cause insulin levels to spike and start a cascade of biochemical reactions that turn on genes and lead to chronic and persistent inflammation. This begins a downward spiral into more inflammation, more insulin resistance, poorer blood sugar control, and more disease.
“However, it is not just sugar, but also artificial sweeteners that drive inflammation. . . .Diet drinks and artificial sweeteners of all stripes likely increase insulin resistance.
“Lack of fiber, too many inflammatory omega-6 fats (soybean and corn oil), and not enough anti-inflammatory omega-3 fats (fish oil, flaxseeds) also contribute to the development of systemic inflammation, and that leads to worsening insulin resistance.” page 103, The Blood Sugar Solution, by Mark Hyman

In other words cut back on all artificial sweeteners and omega-6 intakes. For example, salmon, as much as it has omega-3 fatty acids when it is farm raised on corn (omega-6) looses it’s benefits because of the omega-6.

Read the labels and learn how to be healthier.

“Fat Head”

Monday, June 18th, 2012

The term “fat head” use to be an insult if anyone called you that. Now we know that the brain is more than 50% fat.

But which fat? Most people eat a lot of processed foods and fast food burgers which are filled with omega-6. This is bad!

Start with getting more omega-3. Salmon and other fish, algae for vegetarians, provide a lot of omega-3. It’s also good to have a pharmaceutical grade omega-3 supplement. I personally take Nordic Naturals omega-3 and would highly recommend them.

Nordic Naturals® Kenai Wild™ Alaskan Salmon Oil

Monday, March 21st, 2011

Nordic Naturals® Kenai Wild™ Alaskan Salmon Oil is First Salmon Oil in the Market to Surpass All International Standards for Purity

Nordic Naturals®, the industry leader in omega-3 fish oil introduces Kenai Wild™ Alaskan Salmon Oil to address the growing demand for salmon oil supplementation and to ensure that consumers have a choice that has been third-party tested for heavy metals including, arsenic, cadmium, lead, and mercury, and other contaminants such as PCBs.

According to Joar Opheim, CEO of Nordic Naturals, “Salmon naturally contains elevated levels of arsenic, which makes purification of this fish oil very important. We test for both organic and inorganic arsenic as well as many other toxins. After evaluating other salmon oils in the marketplace, we found the need for a wild salmon oil that meets all international standards of purity and freshness.”

Kenai Wild Alaskan Salmon Oil is the first salmon oil surpassing all international standards for purity including industry standards set by the Global Organization for EPA and DHA (GOED) and the Council For Responsible Nutrition (CRN) as well as ingestion limits set by California Proposition 65 (Prop 65). Nordic Naturals uses the highest quality raw material available, Kenai Wild Alaskan salmon, that is certified by the Marine Stewardship Council (MSC), the world’s most recognized certifier of sustainable wild fisheries. The Kenai Wild program ensures premium quality wild salmon from the Cook Inlet of Alaska­—involving comprehensive standards for harvesting and processing—and supports fair compensation for fishermen and processors. In addition, the program oversees the long-term sustainability of the wild Alaskan salmon.

Kenai Wild Alaskan Salmon Oil is available in 90 count, citrus flavored soft gels and in 8 oz. liquid. As in all non-concentrated fish oil, the product contains up to 23 different omega fatty acids including omegas 3, 5, 6, 7, 9 and 11. Unlike many salmon oils, Nordic Naturals Kenai Wild Alaskan Salmon Oil provides more than 500 mg EPA+DHA in each serving, and contains the powerful antioxidant astaxanthin which is naturally abundant in wild salmon and gives the oil its rich orange color.

Since 1995, Nordic Naturals has been the industry leader in fish oil supplementation, setting standards of excellence in the areas of purity, freshness, taste, and sustainability. With their reputation for efficacy and potency, Nordic Naturals fish oils and EFA blends are regularly chosen by independent research institutions and universities. Fourteen published scientific studies already completed and more than 30 currently underway. Distributing to over 30 countries on six continents, Nordic Naturals offers over 150 products in a variety of flavors, concentrations, and delivery forms. Nordic Naturals continues to deliver on its promise of innovation and quality you can trust. For more information, call 800.662.2544 or visit

Omega-3 & Farm Raised Fish

Tuesday, April 27th, 2010

It has been known for a long time that cold water fish are a great source of omega-3. What many people don’t know is that the industrialized food chain now produces a substantial portion of its harvest from mega fish-farms. Here the unnatural diet is soy and grain meal produce more omega-6 than omega-3.

Fish obtain their omega-3 by consuming natural sources of these fats. The original source of EPA and DHA is from marine algae and phytoplankton. Small fish eat algae and phytoplankton. Larger fish eat smaller fish so the larger fish have more omega-3. Farmed fish on the other hand are completely dependent on their feed and when it does not contain EPA and DHA, the fish will not contain it in the levels found in wild fish.

Some groups of people who are at high risk for omega-3 deficiency (and thus cardiovascular disease) are vegetarians, especially vegans. Omega-3 is absent from plant foods. Flax seeds and oil contain the omega-3 alpha-linolenic acid (ALA) which is converted very slowly in the body to EPA and DHA.

Then there is the situation where the right amount of omega-3 for one person is not the right amount for another. Each individual may need a different amount of omega-3 to obtain the right balance between omega-3 and omega-6 in their body. Omega-3 lowers inflammation whereas omega-6 raises inflammation in the body. We need both but need to have a balance.

It’s not that our bodies have changed in what is needed for good health. It’s that our production and intake of foods has been modified. And for our health’s sake usually not to the better.

The good news is that researchers have found ways to measure the ratio of omega-3 to omega-6 in our bodies. It’s a simple blood test. Your risk of sudden cardiac death can be estimated from the Omega-3 Whole Blood Score. The groundbreaking work of a team of Harvard researchers found that people with total levels above 6.1% in the blood had a 90% reduction in risk of sudden cardiac arrest compared with those whose omega-3 were 4.3% or less of their total fatty acids.

You can read more of this study in the May 2010 issue of Life Extension.

Treason by the FDA?

Thursday, April 15th, 2010

FDA allows potato chips to be advertised as “heart healthy”

Frito-Lay® is a subsidiary of the Pepsi-Cola company. Frito-Lay® sells $12 billion a year of products that include:

Lays® Potato Chips, Doritos®, Tostitos®, Cheetos®, and Fritos®

You might not associate these mostly-fried snack foods as being good for you, but the FDA has no problem allowing the Frito-Lay® website to state the following:

“Frito-Lay snacks start with real farm-grown ingredients. You might be surprised at how much good stuff goes into your favorite snack. Good stuff like potatoes, which naturally contain vitamin C and essential minerals. Or corn, one of the world’s most popular grains, packed with Thiamin, vitamin B6, and Phosphorous – all necessary for healthy bones, teeth, nerves and muscles.

And it’s not just the obvious ingredients. Our all-natural sunflower, corn and soybean oils contain good polyunsaturated and monounsaturated fats, which help lower total and LDL “bad” cholesterol and maintain HDL “good” cholesterol levels, which can support a healthy heart. Even salt, when eaten in moderation as part of a balanced diet, is essential for the body.

Wow! Based on what Frito-Lay® is allowed to state, it sounds like we should be living on these snacks. Who would want to ingest walnuts, pomegranate, or green tea (which FDA now says are illegal drugs) when these fat-calorie laden, mostly-fried carbohydrates are so widely available?

According to the Frito Lay® website, Lays® potato chips are now “heart healthy” because the level of saturated fat was reduced and replaced with sunflower oil. Scientific studies do show that when a polyunsaturated fat (like sunflower oil) is substituted for saturated fat, favorable changes in blood cholesterol occur.

Fatally omitted from the Frito-Lay® website is the fact that sunflower oil supplies lots of omega-6 fats, but no omega-3s. The American diet already contains too many omega-6 fats and woefully inadequate omega-3.

Excess omega-6 fats in the diet in the absence of adequate omega-3s produces devastating effects including the production of pro-inflammatory compounds that contribute to virtually every age-related disease including atherosclerosis.

For the FDA to allow Frito-Lay® to pretend there are heart benefits to ingesting their high-calorie snack products, while censoring the ability of walnut companies to make scientifically-substantiated claims, is tantamount of treason against the health of the American public.

Omega-3 and Omega-6 Levels Linked to Bowel Health

Saturday, August 1st, 2009

We’ve known for a long time that omega-3 lowers inflammation in the body and omega-6 raises inflammation. Now we have this new study. Dr Andres Hart, from the University of East Anglia, analyzed data from 203,193 people from UK, Sweden, Denmark, Germany and Italy aged between 30 and 74. Food frequency questionnaires were used to assess dietary intakes. Linoleic acid is found in foods such cooking oils (especially corn and sunflower oils), red meat (particularly beef and pork), and polyunsaturated margarines.

Increased intakes of omega-6 fatty acid linoleic acid may double the risk of ulcerative colitis, a type of inflammatory bowel disease, says this Pan-European study.

On the other hand, the highest intakes of omega-3 were associated with 77 per cent reduction in the risk of the disease, according to findings of the European Prospective Investigation into Cancer and Nutrition (EPIC) with 203,193 men and women published in Gut.

The study adds to a small but growing body of evidence supporting the importance of balance between omega-3 omega-6 fatty acids. I have written before about the imbalance between omega-3 and omega-6. Unfortunately the edible food manufacturers are more interested in sales than safety.

You can read the complete article at, by Stephen Daniells, 24-July-2009