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These ratios mean that the typical American diet is deficient in omega-3 fatty acids, especially when considered in relation to omega-6 fatty acids (Kris-Etherton et al.
Fact: This belief is based on experimental evidence suggesting that omega-6 fatty acids compete with omega-3 fatty acids for common enzymes needed for metabolism, possibly counteracting the health benefits of the omega-3's.
Based on this evidence, it seems that the commonly held belief that omega-6 fatty acids are pro-inflammatory is incorrect.
In the small group of mothers who continued to smoke during pregnancy, the drop in the children's IQ caused by smoking was 'repaired' by the omega-3 and omega-6 fatty acids.
Omega-3 fatty acids help reduce inflammation, and some Omega-6 fatty acids tend to promote inflammation.
Omega-6 fatty acids and risk for cardiovascular disease.
Omega-6 fatty acids are converted by the body into a number of strongly inflammatory hormones, collectively known as eicosanoids.
Regarding a previous response to a question about omega-3 and omega-6 fatty acids, you noted the importance of balancing these two nutrients.
A study published in 2001 found that people whose diets were high in omega-3 fatty acids, particularly prevalent in cold-water fish like mackerel, tuna and anchovies, and low in omega-6 fatty acids (found in many fat-filled snack foods like commercially prepared pie, cake, cookies and potato chips) were significantly less likely to develop AMD than those whose diets were high in omega-6 fatty acids and low in omega-3 fatty acids.
Also important is the ratio of omega-6 fatty acids to omega-3 fatty acids that are present in a person's blood.
Omega-3 and omega-6 fatty acids in the treatment of children and adolescents with ADHD.
The researchers found that diets with a low ratio of omega-6 fatty acids to omega-3 fatty acids minimizes the bone loss typically brought on by estrogen deficiency, which is common in post-menopausal females.