Why increase my omega-3 intake?

In general, the typical North American diet provides far too much omega-6s (another type of fatty acid required for good health) and not nearly enough omega-3s. While both omega-3 and omega-6 fatty acids are necessary for normal body structure and functioning, consuming the correct ratio between the two is very important because they work together in the body.

Humans should ideally consume no more than 4 times more omega-6s than omega-3s (i.e., a ratio ranging from 1:1-4:1 of omega-6s to omega-3s). A ratio that is skewed toward excess omega-6s-as is typical in the Western dietary pattern-has been linked to the development of many diseases.

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