essential fatty acid balance

essential fatty acid balance

The balance of the omega-6 (e.g. arachidonic) fatty acids and the omega-3 (eicosapentaenoic and docosahexaenoic) fatty acids in diets. Today, this is typically 15:1 whereas during most of human evolution the ratio was nearer 1:1. There is evidence that a health benefit would be achieved if the ratio were more natural.
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The WSU study goes even further, saying you might actually be able to improve the essential fatty acid balance in your diet simply by choosing around four servings of full-fat organic dairy every day.
International scientists who gathered in Miami this week for the First International Conference on Essential Fatty Acid Balance agreed for the first time that for peak brain function and health, the optimal ratio of omega-6 to omega-3 essential fatty acids is about 4:1.
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