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How to Obtain the ESSENTIAL Fatty Acids (EFAs)

Our body can NOT make EFAs, so we have to include them in our diet

Omega-6 and Omega-3 needed in balanced proportions

We need to consume Omega-6 and Omega-3 fatty acids in balance with each other - since their presence in the body affects many systems vital for our health

EFAs - 5 Vital Functions

-   Typically, anyone who has not paid attention to their essential fat intake, has been having way too much Omega-6 (typically from refined oils containing damaged and toxic fatty acids), and very little Omega-3.

-   Imbalanced Omega-3/ Omega-6 intake has health consequences - E.g. excessive inflammation, brain/nerve disorders, Type 2 diabetes, heart disease.

Omega-3 /Omega-6 Imbalance

How to obtain Omega-3

How to obtain Omega-6

EFAs require certain nutrients for their effective use:

Vitamins and Minerals NECESSARY for Effective Use of EFAs

1-2-3- Strategy for Obtaining Essential Fats

(1) - - - Attempt to eliminate damaged fats in your diet

Damaged Fats include  trans fats, hydrogenated fats, lipid peroxides - very difficult to avoid, but read labels and try not to consume:

•    Any refined seed/nut/bean oils or products containing them - i.e. typical grocery-store vegetable oils, ready-meals, commercially processed, long shelf-life foods, such as cookies, cakes, crackers, bread, candies, most peanut butter, pancake mixes, instant soups, chocolate, some salad dressings, junk foods, chips, croutons, granola bars.

•    Foods fried in anything but butter, coconut, palm or palm kernel oil - i.e. excludes most fried foods in restaurants (especially fast-food joints), donuts, fried chips, etc.a

•    Hydrogenated oils or products containing them - E.g. margarine, shortening (such as Crisco®).

Damaged, altered, toxic fats

(2) - - - Address the likely Omega-3 deficiency

For the initial 4 - 12 months, supplement omega-3 intake with a DAILY DOSE of Flaxseed and Marine oil - Since some inhibitors to the ALA to EPA/DHA conversion pathways are likely to be present, it becomes necessary to obtain at least some of your DHA /EPA in a marine oil (E.g. wild salmon oil, or by eating oily fish). 

Do NOT supplement omega-6 during this time - After 4-12 months, the Omega-3 deficiency should have been eliminated and Omega-3 consumption should be balanced with good, undamaged Omega-6 fats.


(3)- - - Ensure a Life-long MAINTENANCE Amount of both Omega-3 and Omega-6

Consuming or supplementing with just Omega-3 for too long can cause an imbalance with Omega-6. - After about 18 months, you would begin to have an excess of Omega-3 in your tissues, and you would probably be dealing with too much suppression of Omega-6 AA, which would impair your body circuitry, and consequently would induce health problems. E.g. Arrhythmia. One sign of excess omega-3 is thin, papery-feeling, dried out skin, which cracks easily.

After your initial 4-12 months of omega-3 supplementation, add omega-6 supplementation:


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