Lifestyle Choices give Different Omega 3-6 Balance
Lifestyle affects the omega-3 and omega-6 EFA in foods eaten by individuals. It leads to a wide range of EFA balance in body tissues. For BALANCE in health and wellness, THE TISSUE IS THE ISSUE.
Diverse lifestyle food habits – Omega-3 and omega-6 fats compete for storage space in the HUFA of tissues. The balance of omega-6 in HUFA can range from 15 to 85%. Ethnic food choices by Greenland, Japanese, Mediterranean, and American populations give a balance of omega-6 HUFA near 30%, 50%, 60%, and 80%, respectively.
Lifestyle creates Tissue HUFA Balance – Omega-3 HUFA (DHA and EPA) compete with Omega-6 HUFA (AA and DGLA) for storage among the total HUFA of tissue phospholipids, which can range from 15% to 90% n-6 HUFA as the major omega-6 hormone precursor, arachidonate, ranges from 15% to 70% of the HUFA.
Balance Scores for Prepared/Processed Foods and other food groups – Be alert! The amounts of omega-6 added to processed foods have increased greatly in the last 60 years.
Omega 3-6 Balance Scores for Food Oils – Pay careful attention to the 3-6 balance score of salad and cooking oils. Added food oils are the main source of excessive omega-6 intakes.
DHA in breast milk – Mothers selectivly transfer docosahexaenoic acid (DHA) to their fetuses during pregnancy. Without sufficient dietary intake, mothers become depleted of DHA. Lower seafood consumption and lower DHA content in mothers’ milk were associated with higher rates of postpartum depression.
Updated May, 2015