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Importance of Maintaining a Low Omega-6/Omega-3 Ratio for Reducing Inflammation

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ByCrossFitFebruary 3, 2019

James DiNicolantonio and James O’Keefe summarize evidence that omega-6 fatty acids promote inflammation, while omega-3s are anti-inflammatory. Seed oils high in linoleic acid contribute to atherosclerotic risk via impacts on inflammation, oxidative stress, and other downstream effects; conversely, omega-3s suppress some of these same pro-inflammatory mechanisms. Marine omega-3 dosing was also shown to reduce oxidized LDL levels in patients with high triglycerides, and reviews of dietary omega-3s have shown an association with improvements in inflammatory biomarkers including CRP and IL-6.

“Using long-chain omega-3s to suppress low-grade inflammation may benefit numerous chronic diseases such as rheumatoid arthritis, atherosclerosis, dyslipidaemia, diabetes, obesity, and heart failure. The consumption of omega-6 seed oils may have the opposite effect.”

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Matthieu Dubreucq
November 13th, 2019 at 2:35 pm
Commented on: Importance of Maintaining a Low Omega-6/Omega-3 Ratio for Reducing Inflammation

That also reminds us to be careful what we cook food with!

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Ron Torrance II
February 4th, 2019 at 4:22 am
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Bottom line: all processed seed oils will increase your omega 6 count and will contribute to increased systemic inflammation!!

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Katina Thornton
February 4th, 2019 at 2:33 am
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It was an epiphany when I finally understood this important concept. And which oil has the worst omega 6:omega 3 ratio? Grapeseed oil at 696:1.

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