Omega 3 Oils and Omega 6 Fatty Acids
Perhaps the number one
Anti Aging Supplement,
the case for Omega 3
Oils and Omega 6 Fatty
Acids is overwhelming.
Collectively known as
Omega Fatty Acids,
they are important for
all systems of your body to function normally and therefore
necessary for health.
Some Omega Fatty Acids are termed "essential" because they
cannot be produced by the body, and so must be obtained from
Groups of Essential Fatty Acids
There are two families of essential fatty acids:
Omega 3 Fatty Acids (also known as Omega 3 Oils) and Omega-6
The three main types of the first family important to humans are
i) Alpha-linolenic Acid (ALA)
ii) Eicosapentanoic Acid (EPA
The main Omega 6 Fatty Acid is Linoleic Acid
You will benefit from these 2 families of Essential Fatty Acids,
if you get them into your diet in the correct proportions.
Science suggests that we should be eating twice as much Omega 6
Fatty Acids as Omega 3 Oils so that your Omega 6 to Omega 3
ratio is 2:1.
How Can I Improve My Intake of Omega 3 Oils?
As good as they are for your brain, many modern diets
are deficient. Ironically, if you eat a typical modern diet, you
probably get plenty of Omega 6 Fatty Acids from corn, soybean,
and other oils in processed food. But Omega 3 Oils, are often
Remember that it’s the balance of these supplements in your diet
which provides the beneficial effects.
You can boost your supplement intake by:
i) Eating organically raised, "free-range" meats since these
animals tend to have grazed on plants high in these supplements.
ii) Eating eggs from ‘cage-free’ or ‘free-range’ hens. Many
farms now feed their hens food rich in Omega 3 Oils. Check your
local supermarket for ‘free-range’ eggs.
iii) Eating a variety of dark green leafy vegetables such as
spinach, kale, collards, arugula, dandelion greens, broccoli,
rabe, purslane, dark lettuces.
iv) Eating cold-water fish regularly, preferably deep-ocean
fish, Shellfish and Molluscs. Salmon, sardines, bluefish,
herring, mackerel, trout, tuna, whitefish, Atlantic cod, shrimp,
and halibut are all good sources.
v) Getting some walnuts, hemp seeds, and legumes (such as kidney
beans) into your diet.
vi) Supplementing with ground flaxseed or flaxseed oil (since it
becomes rancid quickly, make sure it is fresh and refrigerated),
microalgae, and seaweeds.
Supplementing with good Omega 3 Oils
Omega 6 Fatty Acids are found naturally in Olive Oil, Pumpkin
seeds, Wheat germ, Raw Nuts and Seeds and Sesame Oil.
How are Omega Oils beneficial as an Anti Aging Supplement?
As far as being an Anti Aging Supplement, they are beneficial
for 2 reasons:
i) They are an important constituent of your brain: Both
supplement types are stored in the cell membranes of tissues and
the '3' constituent comprises about 30% of the gray matter in
your brain. It’s also one of the largest ‘consumers’ of DHA; a
normal adult human brain contains more than 20 grams of DHA.
Both Omega Oils are beneficial because they provide fluidity to
cell membranes and improve communication between brain cells.
They also help to boost learning power and may help to ‘lift’
our mood; so maybe they should be called ‘Happy Oils’!
ii) They are an important constituent of cell membranes and
therefore have a beneficial effect on all the major body
systems, including the immune, circulatory, respiratory and
endocrine systems. A Sufficient intake of these supplements may
help to stop your skin from becoming dry and flaky, improve
firmness and maintain skin structure.