This is from a blog that I follow. I believe that when we began feeding our farm animals corn and grain at feed lots and enclosures in the case of chickens and hogs we started having issues related to high Omega 6 levels. Eating grass fed beef and natural chickens and their products will restore our oil balance. If only congress would mandate the diet for our food animals.
That is basically the question I asked Dr Bill Lands, the biochemist that published the relationship between omega-6 and heart disease in various cultures. I was curious sine the omega-6/3 blood test that I had indicated that my Arachidonic Acid (AA) was still as high as the typical American. AA is the omega-6 fatty acid our body uses to make inflammatory prostaglandins.
The answer is it depends. It depends on how much you actually change your diet and what your initial conditions are. After about a year on my diet, my omega-6/3 ratio was down to 55:45, which is much better than the typical American ratio of 10:1. Clearly, I had raised my level of omega-3, and I am sure I had lowered the AA as well, but it must have been a lot higher than the average. A high level of omega-6 was clearly behind my medical problems of…
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I am with you on grain based carbs! I am not against carbs in general as long as the are in fruits and veggies they bring along a lot of beneficial vitamins, minerals, anti-oxidants, and various chemicals that can have unique benefits in our bodies (like tumeric). As for fats, we were pointed in the wrong direction for sure. Cholesterol is not the cause of heart disease, but it does get caught-up in the plaque formed by the inflammation and clotting hormones derived from omega-6 (very high in vegetable oils). Br Bill Lands published a paper in 1993 that linked omega-6 to heart disease, but most doctors are still unaware of the problems derived from omega-6! USDA still refuses to recognize any problems caused by omega-6, while the data from Dr Lands shows a 0.99 correlation coefficient for the relationship –the correlation between cholesterol and heart disease is nowhere near that strong.