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 apparently healthy 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. (click Figure for details)
The % omega-6 in HUFA is a blood biomarker useful for HEALTH RISK ASSESSMENT. 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 the %n-6 in HUFA 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. Annual heart attack death rates per 100,000 people range from 20 to 200 as the %omega-6 in HUFA ranges from 25% to 85%. Of course, that also means 99,800 or more per 100,000 do NOT have a heart attack!
The wide difference in disease risk severity results from average food scores for different lifestyles differing from +3 to -7. Look at omega 3-6 balance scores to make informed food choices to NIX the 6 and EAT the 3 as you lower your overall HEALTH RISK ASSESSMENT biomarker of %n-6 in HUFA. It is important to recognize that HUFA balance affects many comorbid health conditions beyond heart attacks.
revised December, 2017