essential fatty acid balance
essential fatty acid balanceThe 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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