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Omega 3 and 6

Nuts and seeds are touted as being healthy having phytonutrients etc.. But they are also dominantly Omega 6 ( except for flaxseed which is mostly Omega 3) and Omega 6 is pro inflammatory. So in eating nuts one gets the benefit of the nutrients but the downside of possibly increased inflammation. Solution? Thanks, John Fuhrman


Yes as per your question, you are indeed correct. Omega 6 can be pro-inflammatory when consumed in excess. Naturally the obvious answer would be to reduce consumption of other sources Omega-6, baked goods, cakes and other processed foods. These foods do not have the nutritional benefits of seeds and nuts so it is better to remove or reduce them where possible. Secondly ensuring the ratio of Omega-3 to Omega-6 is balanced ideally 1:1 or 2:1. Consuming more Omega-3 which is anti-inflammatory will offset the effects of Omega-6. As you mentioned flax seeds are a possible source of O3 as is fish oil, oily fish such as salmon, sardines and mackerel. Grass fed beef and Omega 3 eggs are also options to consider.

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