(Hint: It’s not your cholesterol level!)
What if I told you there is a more important number for determining illness and inflammation than your blood pressure, your resting heart rate, your temperature, or your cholesterol level?
Those are all important numbers, but this one number is even more important, and ignoring it can mean long-term inflammation in your body, which can lead to serious illnesses including cancer, heart disease, and even Alzheimer’s!
So this is not something to ignore.
What number is this important to your health? The ratio of Omega-6:Omega-3 fatty acids.
Fatty Acids are CRITICAL to your health. In fact, fatty acids are as important to your brain and body as calcium is to your bones and protein is to your muscles.
We all consume fatty acids each and every day. They are polyunsaturated fats that come in a few subtypes, namely Omega-3 and 6.
They are considered ESSENTIAL because your body can’t produce these fatty acids on its own – they must be consumed through food or supplements. The most well-known is Omega-3 because it’s the one our diets are the most deficient in.
Omega-9 fatty acids are a family of unsaturated fats that are commonly found in vegetable fats, and are NOT essential. Unlike Omega-3 and Omega-6 fatty acids, Omega-9 fatty acids CAN be produced by the body, which means the need to supplement is not as important as the more popular Omega-3s.
Omega-9 fats are commonly found in olive oil, almonds, macadamia nuts, etc.
Scientists estimate that our ancestors consumed Omega-6 and Omega-3 fats in a ratio of close to 1:1, which is IDEAL.
Why is this the ideal ratio?
Omega-6 fats are PRO-inflammatory. Omega-3 fats are ANTI-inflammatory. In order for you to be healthy, this ratio MUST be balanced.
Well, you might be saying, if Omega-6 fats create inflammation in the body, why do we want them at all? Great question…
Because we all can benefit from inflammation on a lower level. If you get a cut on your skin, you need to heal that cut, otherwise you will bleed out and die. That is why inflammation is so critically important.
In the short run, it can save your life. But if you are CHRONCIALLY inflamed from stress, or a hyper-acidic diet, this inflammation will have the opposite effect, and can be quite damaging to your health.
This is why the Omega-6:Omega-3 Ratio is one of, if not the most important number of your body, and yet when was the last time your doctor checked this for you?
Do you know if you have the ideal 1:1 ratio?
Chances are you do not. Why can I make such a big claim?
Because out of the thousands of ratios I have tested over the past year, I have only seen it once!
As vegetable oil and processed grain consumption have risen to unprecedented rates, so has the amount of pro-inflammatory Omega-6s in our modern diet.
In my new book and Amazon Best Seller, GET OFF YOUR ACID, I interviewed Fatty Acid Expert Dr. Joseph Hibbeln, and some of the things I learned were ALARMING!
According to a study from Dr. Joe Hibbeln, from 1909 to 1999, the estimated per capita consumption of soybean oil increased one-thousand-fold. No wonder we are so inflamed and acidic.
Even if you don’t cook with vegetable oil, you’re consuming it through any non-grass-fed animal protein, farmed-raised fish, lots of processed foods, canola oil, as well as soybean oil, corn oil, margarine, safflower oil, and sunflower oil. Pretty much every processed food with a label is contaminated with these inflammatory fats.
This is why research shows the average American has 19 times more pro-inflammatory Omega-6 fats than anti-inflammatory Omega-3 fats in their system at any given time. In many cases, this ratio is 25:1, and I have even seen 50:1!
In fact, what Dr. Hibbeln discovered next is going to shock you.
When you consume a heavily acidic diet high in Omega-6 fats, chronic and excessive inflammation occurs, and chronic disease is the result. Because your brain is primarily fat, a diet that heavily favors Omega-6 fats causes inflammation of your brain.
In health research on murderers and people in mental institutions, he found an average Omega-6/Omega-3 ratio to be 70:1!
The accumulation of these inflammatory Omega-6 fats have inflamed the brain so much, they have contributed to an epidemic of mental illness.
Remember, the brain is about 60 percent fat, so behavior shifts dramatically when a healthy nutrient balance is achieved.
So it doesn’t matter if there are mental health issues, dementia, Parkinson’s, or brain fog, this is a number you MUST know about!
Again, the ideal ratio should be 1:1, and no more than 4:1.
So is it any wonder that we have a serious problem on our hands with heart disease, cancer, Alzheimer’s and other inflammatory diseases?
Excessive intake of Omega-6 and inadequate intake of Omega-3 predisposes us to an exaggerated inflammatory response, which is at the core of every healthy condition from fatigue, bad skin, poor digestion, to chronic disease.
On the other hand, getting plenty of Omega-3 fatty acids, ideally in the form of fish oil, will benefit you in so many ways:
- Improved heart health and reduced risk of heart disease – studies find that every heart indicator benefits from Omega-3 – triglycerides, cholesterol, plaque build-up, and blood pressure.
- Improved mental health and brain function, especially as we age
- Fewer headaches, and reduction in migraines in particular
- Prevention of autoimmune diseases
- Lower risk of breast and colorectal cancers
- Bone and joint health and decreased risk of arthritis
- Brain development from infancy on up
- Eye health and prevention of macular degeneration
- Glowing skin with fewer signs of aging
What’s Your Ratio?
So now that you know why it’s important to get plenty of Omega-3 fatty acids, you might be wondering what your ratio of Omega-6:Omega-3 is.
There are some warning signs you can look out for to give you a hint. Signs you might be deficient in Omega-3 fatty acids include:
- Heart trouble
- Dry skin
- Memory problems
- Mood swings
Honestly, if you have even one of these symptoms, it’s time to up your dose of Omega-3 and make sure you’re buying a quality brand.
That said, there is a way to test to get an accurate measurement of Omega-3 in your body.
At Alkamind, we partnered with an incredible lab and can now offer you an AT-HOME Omega-3 Acid Test Kit that provides the most accurate reading available on the market today.
Get your Omega-6 to Omega-3 Ratio TESTED NOW by emailing Tracey at customer support, and receive a 20% discount off your test kit: [email protected]
How to Prevent Omega-3 Deficiency Compared to Omega-6
- Eat fewer Omega-6 fats.
- Hydrogenated Vegetable oil
- Canola oil
- Soybean oil
- Safflower oil
- Sunflower oil
- Grapeseed oil (the worst Omega-6:Omega-3 ratio out of any food or oil)
- Animal protein including poultry, unless it’s grass-fed
- Processed foods like cereal, crackers, and chips
- Sesame and pumpkin seeds
- Eat foods rich in Omega-3.
- Wild-caught Alaskan or Pacific salmon
- Wild-caught Atlantic mackerel
- Chia seeds
- Hemp seeds
- Flax Seeds
- White fish
- Take a quality fish oil supplement.
It is critical that the average adult take a full 3,000mg of Omega-3 fish oil every single day. That’s far more than you’re likely getting from a standard fish oil supplement.
It will help you balance your Omega-6:Omega-3 ratio, regulate healthy cholesterol, and keep inflammation levels at bay in your brain and your body.
While I am a plant-based guy, here is one exception to the rule. I mentioned above to eat Omega-3 rich foods like chia, hemp, and flax, but there is one problem – it does NOT convert well to the DHA and EPA that you need (that you get immediately from consuming fish or taking fish oil).
Research shows that the most they will convert is 1% – this is why it is VERY hard for vegetarians to beat inflammation, plus, there is not a single vegetarian source of EPA, the component of fish oil that fights inflammation.
This is why I really want you to start taking fish oil, and if you are using another brand, finish what you have, then make the switch to Alkamind Daily Omega-3 because it is the best fish oil you will find!
What’s our secret to being the best?
Our new supplement is TRIPLE ORGANICALLY PURIFIED (most companies do this only once) to eliminate EVERY heavy metal and over 400 contaminants. In doing so, our fish oil is also concentrated, so you TAKE LESS to GET MORE.
Most fish oils, you would have to consume 8 softgels to get the 3,000mg I recommend you take daily. With Alkamind, you only need to take 3!
Plus, we formulated our fish oil to provide the ideal 2:1 ratio of EPA to DHA to fight inflammation and optimize brain health. We are the ONLY fish oil in the world to do both!
Here’s what the first reviewers have said about Alkamind Daily Omega-3:
“Fish oil was recommended to me by my Dr. because I was suffering from mild arthritis and inflammation in my legs. I reluctantly started taking it but hated the fishy after-taste.
I was so excited when Dr. Gioffre started offering fish oil, because I knew it would be much better than what was out there…and it is!
Not only is there NO fishy after-taste, but I only have to take 3 tablets per day, which I easily do with each meal. I’ve only been taking the supplement for a few days but I’m already much happier with it than any other Omega-3 that I’ve taken in the past.” –Christine M.
“’Less is more’ is key for me as a mother of a toddler now pregnant. It is not easy to take the recommended fish oils, so only taking 3 with superior quality is what I want during my pregnancy, nursing and as a mom. No aftertaste as well.” -Marie
Can you say all of that about your current Omega supplement?