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Inflammation Caused by Omega-6 / Omega-3 Imbalance

Too Many Inflammatory Fats

/ NOT Enough Anti-Inflammatory Fats

- Generally not enough Omega-6 GLA  and Omega-3 EPA and DHA

 

 

The type and quantity of essential fats you eat has an effect on the body’s inflammatory response

 

      Certain essential fatty acids located in cell membranes produce specific “hormone-like” substances (called eicosonoids) in a cell’s immediate environment, to effect either an inflammatory or anti-inflammatory action – the most well-known of these eicosonoids are prostaglandins, leukotrienes , thromboxanes and prostacyclins;

 

      Omega-6 fats yield both inflammatory and anti-inflammatory eicosonoids / Omega-3 fats have only an anti-inflammatory effect     

 

 

Fats that work towards reducing inflammation

 

      EPA is converted by the COX and LOX enzymes to anti-inflammatory prostaglandins and leukotrienes

 

      Omega-3 fats in a cell membrane that contain or yield the essential fatty acid EPA:

 

-       Marine foods and supplements contain EPA including oily fish (E.g. salmon, herring, trout, mackerel), fish oil and Neptune krill oil (hands-down the best supplement choice);

 

Neptune Krill Oil (NKO)

 

Fish - Getting Your Omega-3 EPA / DHA by Eating Fish

 

 

-      Plant foods flax, hemp and chia seeds, and also walnuts are rich in alpha-linolenic acid (ALA) that can be converted to EPA, to yield anti-inflammatory eicosonoids via the COX and LOX enzymes - however the conversion process requires certain enzymes, which themselves need specific vitamins and minerals, which may be deficient in certain people, such as the elderly, certain races, and those who are ill;

 

 

Inhibitors of Conversion Enzymes for Omega-3 ALA and Omega-6 LA Fatty Acids

 

Flax SeedChia SeedHemp Seed

 

       Omega-6  fats that yield anti-inflammatory Series-1 prostaglandins (PGE1) from dihomo-gamma linolenic acid (DGLA)

 

-      Omega-6 linoleic acid (LA) found in nuts and seeds, but more often in typical grocery store oils (E.g. corn, soybean oil) and processed foods containing them - can be converted to GLA and then converted via enzymes to DGLA to yield anti-inflammatory eicosonoids; DGLA can also be derived from GLA found in high amounts in borage, evening primrose and blackcurrant oils, which are the usual supplement sources for DGLA  (which is only found in mother’s milk in any quantity); PGE-1 molecules are about 1/2 of your inflammation-fighting capability. Without them, you have a persistent tendency toward inflammation, which often leads to insulin resistance, obesity and many deadly diseases.

 

 

Fats that tend to increase inflammation

 

      Omega-6 AA essential fatty acids  yield inflammatory eicosonoids

                                                                                                                               

-      Omega-6 arachidonic acid (AA)  - found in meat and dairy yields inflammatory prostaglandins and leukotrienes; also linoleic acid (LA) fatty acids found in typical grocery store oils and processed foods can be converted to AA

 

For more information on the eicosonoids, how to optimize conversion enzymes and how to ensure a healthy intake of the essential fats:

 

EFAs → Local “Hormones” (Eicosonoids) – “First Response Team”

 

HOW TO GET THE FATS OF LIFE (EFAs)

 

Vitamins and Minerals for effective use of EFAs

 

Inhibitors of Conversion Enzymes for Omega-3 ALA and Omega-6 LA Fatty Acids

 

Enhance Omega-3 ALA conversion to EPA/DHA

 

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