Updated 30 July 2013

Understanding Omega-3 and Omega-6

Omega-3 and omega-6 are essential for optimum health because they cannot be manufactured by the body and must therefore be provided through diet. DietDoc explains.

Omega-3 and Omega-6, also known as essential fatty acids are on the tip of everyone’s tongue. What exactly are they, where do they come from and how do they help?

How much is enough?

Not only do we have to make sure that we include them in our diets, but the amounts we eat also need to be balanced. Researchers have discovered that the so-called omega-3 to omega-6 ratio should be about 1/5 for optimal health. This means that we must make sure that we eat 1g of omega-3 for every 5g of omega-6. In many diets the ratio is 1 to 20 or even 40. It is, therefore, important to make sure that we eat more omega-3.


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