The primary reason I like to know the Omega3: Omega 6 ratio of people in pain is because omega 6 is needed to start the inflammatory process, but omega 3 is needed to resolve it (which is why we also we use Resolvins)
There are more benefits:
Adequate omega 3 levels are also related to immune health, brain health and heart health.
Indeed Your omega-3 index has a greater impact on risk of heart disease than does your cholesterol level!
The right omega 3 oils also improve blood pressure, reduce inflammation and help slow the progression of Alzheimer’s.
This article is part of one from Dr Mercola.com …
Balance Your Omega-3s and Omega-6s to Protect Your Health
To enjoy optimal health, you must address your omega-6 to omega-3 ratio. Unfortunately, in the past 100 years, an imbalance in that ratio has grown and likely plays a significant role in the skyrocketing rates of disease. Omega-6 fats are found in abundance in processed vegetable oils, processed foods and restaurant fare.
In combination with too little animal-based omega-3, this sets the stage for the development of chronic disease. Omega-6 fatty acids are also essential to good health, so they are not the problem. The problem is that most people get far too much omega-6 and not enough omega-3.
An ideal ratio is in the range of 4-2-to-1 of omega-6 to omega-3 fats. If you’re regularly eating processed foods or dining out at restaurants this is nearly impossible to achieve. Seek omega-6 fatty acids in unprocessed forms from plant seeds, tree nuts and other plant-based foods. Aim to reduce your intake of damaged omega-6 by avoiding processed foods and those cooked in vegetable oil at high heat.
Raise your intake of marine-based omega-3 fat from small fatty fish such as sardines, anchovies and herring, along with wild-caught Alaskan salmon. If fish are not your fare, consider supplementing with krill oil.
Optimizing your levels of omega-3 fatty acids is truly a foundational strategy to attaining and maintaining good health. The best way to determine if you’re eating enough food with omega-3 is to get tested.
I firmly believe an omega-3 index test is one of the most important annual health screens that everyone needs.
The test I now use retails at £116
This is what you will learn:
YOUR PROTECTION (FATTY ACID PROFILE VALUE)
This factor relates the profile of 11 fatty acids in your blood. It is calculated from an equation combining all the long chain essential fatty acids (omega-6 and omega-3), the Omega-3 (EPA+DHA) level and the Omega-6 (AA)/Omega-3 (EPA) Balance. The scale goes from 0 -100 and the goal is to help your customer achieve 100 on their second test after 120 days. This does not tell anything about the health status of the person, only the fatty acid protection level.
OMEGA-6 (AA) TO OMEGA-3 (EPA) BALANCE
Omega-6 (AA)/Omega-3 (EPA) Balance is measured as the ratiobetween C20:4 the “vegetable” omega-6 arachidonic acid (AA) and marine omega-3 eicosapentaenoic acid (EPA). This ratio is an approximate expression for the distribution between vegetable fatty acids and fish fatty acids in the diet consumed. A surplus of vegetableomega-6 fatty acids will make a diet unbalanced and pro-inflammatory.The ratio of Omega-6 (AA) and Omega-3 (EPA) should preferably be below 3:1. If this ratio is above 3:1 you will benefit from a change in your diet. A low balance of omega-6 and omega-3 is important for maintaining normal cell and tissue development (homeostasis) and help body control inflammation.
OMEGA-3 LEVEL (EPA+DHA)
The ‘Omega-3 (EPA+DHA) Level’ is the combined percentage value of the marine omega-3 fatty acids EPA and DHA out of the total valueof fatty acids found in the blood. Omega-3’s have many benefits because they are the primary building blocks in you cells. EPA is dominant in blood, muscles and tissue, while DHA is dominant in brain,sperm and eyes. In the test report the ideal range is 8% or more. European Food Safety Authority (EFSA) claims that EPA and DHA are contributing to the maintenance of normal heart function. DHA alsocontributes to the maintenance of normal vision and maintenance of normal brain function.
CELL MEMBRANE FLUIDITY INDEX (for more on WHY this is so important watch my video – https://youtu.be/ZSyOVI5niCE )
The ratio between saturated fatty acids and the marine omega-3essential fatty acids eicosapentaoenic acid (EPA) and docosahexaoenicacid (DHA) is indicative of cell membrane fluidity. The more saturated the fats are in a membrane, the more rigid is the membrane. Conversely, the more polyunsaturated the fats are in a membrane,the more fluid is the membrane. Cell membrane composition and structural architecture is critical for the health of the cells and hence the body. On the one hand, the membrane needs to be rigid enough to provide sound cellular structural architecture. On the other hand, the membrane needs to be fluid enough to allow nutrients in and waste products out. This Index should be below 4:1.
MENTAL STRENGTH – DIETARY INDEX
This is the balance between Omega-6 (AA) and Omega-3 (EPA+DHA).A sufficient supply of marine Omega-3 fatty acids, DHA, in the diet contributes to the maintenance of a normal brain function. Daily administration of 3 g of marine omega-3’s EPA and DHA for 3 months significantly decreased feelings of anger and anxiety among users compared with placebo group in a study. Several other clinical studies show that cognitive performance improves with increased anti-inflammatory consumption of marine omega-3 EPA and DHA.Childhood and old age are two critical and vulnerable stages and Omega-3 deficiency is associated with learning and memory deficits as well as mood. This Index should be below 1:1
ARACHIDONIC ACID (AA) FORMATION EFFICIENCY
This shows the efficiency by which your body convert Omega-6 (LA) fatty acids, from food in your diet into the essential fatty acids Omega-6 (AA) in your body. If you have less than 30% efficiency you are recommended to include food in your diet that is high in AA, like chicken, turkey, pig and farmed salmon.