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