The omega-3 and omega-6 fats in different food items have omega 3-6 balance scores that range from +200 to -100. Omega 3-6 Balance Scores were designed in 2012, and 5,000 balance scores are online. Typical daily average scores for American, European, Mediterranean, Japanese and Greenland lifestyles range from -7 to +3. Different food choices lead to different proportions of n-3 and n-6 HUFA stored in tissues.
The % omega-6 in the HUFA of blood is a useful HEALTH RISK ASSESSMENT biomarker. It can be monitored with a simple blood test. Higher proportions of the omega-6 acids (and lower omega-3 acids) mean higher health risk as shown in the Figure below. The HUFA balance in body tissues from which the hormone-like eicosanoids are created can range from 25 to 85% omega-6. You can lower it when you NIX the 6 while you EAT the 3.
– – WHAT PROPORTIONS ARE IN YOUR BODY’S MEDICINE CHEST? A consequence of having more omega-6 in HUFA is more intense formation and action of omega-6 eicosanoids and more risk of heart attacks.
Excessive omega-6 eicosanoid actions cause thrombosis and arrhythmia of heart attacks and increase the risk for many other health conditions. The death rate per 100,000 people for heart attacks range from 20 to 200 as the % omega-6 in HUFA ranges from 25% to 85%,
The wide difference in disease severity is a result of average food scores for different lifestyles differing from +3 to -7.
revised June, 2017