The Essential Fats Balancing Act

Your body uses essential fatty acids to support a broad range of functions. They're called 'essential' because your body can't produce them. Essential fats can only be taken in through diet, and balancing your intake of them is very important.

Because omega-6 fatty acids are found in chicken, eggs and corn oils, most Americans get more than their fair share of this essential fat. It's the omega-3 type fatty acids from fish, nuts and flaxseed oil they typically lack. According to Nutritional Outlook, most medical experts recommend a 2:1 ratio of omega-6 to omega-3 fatty acids, but the actual intake of most adults in the Western world is between 10:1 and 50:1. This imbalance can contribute to an inflammatory response due to an overabundance of omega-6 eicosanoids.

True Strength Moment: Seafood is an acquired taste and, depending on where you live, not always readily available fresh. While frozen is always an option, an easier path to take is supplemental fish and flaxseed oil, which can be found in fortified foods as well as capsules, tablets and softgels.
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