Thursday, June 20, 2013

Ratio of Omega 6 to Omega 3 fatty acids important for memory


A lot of research has been published on the importance of omega-3 fatty acid. It's not only important that you eat omega 3 fat, but it is important that you eat enough of omega 3 fat so that the ratio of omega 6 to omega 3 is good. The research reviewed here is interesting because it looks at the ratio of omega 6 to omega 3 fats and its association to dementia and cognitive decline (Loef M., Walachia H.,2013). The research included both animal and human studies. The results documented a positive association between the ratio of omega 6 to omega 3 fat and cognitive decline, dementia and an increased risk for Alzheimer's decease. This was found in studies for both animals and humans. Most people today have a higher ratio than what is desirable of omega six to Omega 3 fat because they are using vegetable oil when cooking, and they are not eating enough omega-3 fats. An easy way to correct that is to use a high quality fish oil. Two capsules daily of an oil that contains high amounts of EPA, DHA the active ingredients of Omega 3 fat will make a big difference. To read the original abstract, click on the reference below.


Loef M, Walach H. The omega-6/omega-3 ratio and dementia or cognitive decline: a systematic review on human studies and biological evidence. J Nutr Gerontol Geriatr. 2013 Jan;32(1):1-23. doi: 10.1080/21551197.2012.752335.

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1 comment:

  1. This is very good information.
    When I think how many people would have avoided taking the toxic SSRIs for years on end by simply
    adding to their diet proper supplements like Omega-3, or by being able to live in a toxic-free environment
    (no GMO, no pollution, no chemicals in foods)... Mind boggling. So many cases of bipolar disorder and psychosis would not even have been there.
    A helpful tips regarding to health.I am also looking for some tips and suggestion for omega 3 fatty .