Omega 3 vs. Omega 6
Omega 6 vs. Omega 3
We just got some exciting blood results on a particular patient who came into see me for a number of problems. We performed an Omega-3, Omega-6 ratio test to see what the amount of Omega-3’s versus Omega-6’s were in her body. That test showed she had approximately 50 to 1 ratio, which is extremely high and the highest I had ever seen with this particular test.
After 3 months, we got her test back and she was so diligent and did such a good job of taking her Omega-3’s and changing her diet, that her ratio is now 5 to 1 that is much closer to normal. Normally we shoot for a 3 to 1 to a 1 to 1 ratio for this test to be considered optimum.
What is the problem with a high omega-6 amount in your body?
Now when you have a high omega-6 amount in your body, there is no way around having a significant amount of inflammation. This inflammation may show up as problems with your joints such as arthritis, bursitis, myositis, a number of different muscle aches and pains or it could show up as inflammation of your arteries which could cause heart disease which could lead to the hardening of arteries. It could show up as inflammation in the pancreas and omega-6 actually bothers the pancreas in other was as that could result in diabetes. It could also result in inflammation in your brain which relate to brain fog, Alzheimer’s, other brain problems, ADD/ADHD, so and so forth.
Why should I take this test?
This is a very important test to have! While this test is usually not covered by insurance, we have negotiated with the company and the price is only $79. The report you will receive is very extensive and will give you a very good overview of your health. I would highly encourage all my patients to come in and get this test done to find out what their ratio of omega-3 fatty aids is to Omega-6 fatty acids and to find out how healthy they are.
If you are interested in finding out about your overall health and potential problems that could arise down the road, call us today at (479) 433-0800 to schedule this blood test!
Do you want to learn more about Omega-6 fats? Check out an earlier blog post from Dr. Masters, click here!