What is Primal? – Why we like Omega 3

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Hi Readers….

I have long heard that Omega 3 reduces joint pain and depression, but I never understood why.  After I became Primal, I started to hear a lot more about the “evils” of too much Omega 6 and not enough Omega 3.  Today I decided to explore why Omega 3 is good and how we can get more of it.

This is what I found:

Omega is an essential fatty acid that the body must obtain from food.  Many of today’s population has a very high ratio of Omega 6 to 3; a diet high in Omega 6 can lead to the oxidization of good cholesterol (LDL), inflammation in the body, and in some cases depression.

Having a good ratio of Omega 6 to 3 (some nutritionists say 4:1; in the primal community they insist that 1:1 is better and totally achievable) has been shown to be successful in helping prevent heart disease and lowering inflammation in the body that can cause arthritis and asthma.

Omega 6 is found in soy, corn, peanut, safflower and other seed oils; and given that so much of our beef and chicken is grain/corn/soy fed, is it any wonder that eating lots of steak and eggs was always linked to high cholesterol?

Now that I understand a little better the science behind the madness, I can feel good about seeking out the grass feed beef even more and the Omega 3 enriched eggs.  Other foods to find higher levels of Omega 3 include:

  • Fish (low heavy metal)
  • Flax
  • Walnuts
  • Algae

Off I go to find some grass fed beef and pasture raised chickens….

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