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Omega 6 : Omega 3


Omega 6 and omega 3 are essential fatty acids in the body responsible for controlling inflammation, brain development and regulating blood pressure. Omega 6 is thought to have a pro-inflammatory role in the body while omega 3 is thought to have an anti-inflammatory role. The ideal ratio is thought to be around 2:1 although many people eating a Western diet, rich in processed foods and omega 6 processed vegetable oils have a ratio of over 10:1.

What might a high result mean?

A high ratio increases the risk of chronic inflammation in the body, which is thought to contribute to the development of certain diseases including heart disease.

How might I improve my result?

You can improve your ratio of omega 6/3 fatty acids through diet. For most people, getting an optimal ratio is not just about increasing consumption of omega 3 fatty acids, but also, reducing the amount of omega 6 fatty acids they consume. Replace oils which are high in omega 6 fatty acids (soy, sunflower and corn oils) with oils which have lower levels of omega 6, like olive oil or butter. You can increase your consumption of omega 3 fatty acids by eating oily fish, or by adding flaxseeds to your diet. You can consider taking omega 3 supplements, but be aware that recent studies have called into question their value in reducing the risk of heart attack or stroke.