Wow, there was tons of great comments on my latest blog post that talked about vegan and vegetarian athletes. Be sure to read them as you could learn a thing or two.
And also recently I shared my blood test results.
One thing that test did not have was Omega 6/Omega 3 fatty acid ratios. This is something you definitely want to look at for optimal health.
But I had this test done separately (again another shout out to Mike T Nelson for hooking me up here).
This was done thru Omega3Test.com
As you can see while I’m better than the average American I’m not optimal. Since receiving this results I’ve been upping my dose of daily fish oil.
My ratio at the time of the test was at 6.4 to 1.
The lower you get that in general the better. I’ve heard some doctors, that know what they’re talking about, saying optimal is 3:1, 2:1 or even 1:1.
Although I eat a good amount of grassfed beef which has a similar fatty acid profile to fish (i.e. much higher omega 3’s then commercial meats) I still need more supplemental omega 3‘s.
So that’s exactly what I’m doing.
I’m going to be hooking you up with very special for you later this week. Stay tuned.
A couple ways I get my Omega 3 is when I make my post recovery kale or spinach with fruit drink, I add 3 tablespoons of self ground flax seed and 1 tablespoon chai seed. It also boosts the protein up by nearly 10 grams.
Love the articles.
@Jesus Sanchez: I use chia seeds regularly too. The only potential problem is both chia and flax are short chain omega 3’s, which may not be converted in your body real well to the long chain versions we all need.
That’s not to bad of a ratio Logan 🙂 I will get mine tested soon. I have herd that average Americans float around 15-30:1 ratio 🙁 Another thing to think about when trying to improve your omega 3:6 ratio is to focus on reduction of omega 6 fats such as vegetable oils used in most American meals and especially restaurants. By limiting your Omega 6 in conjunction with increasing your fish or fish oil intake you will get to your optimal ratio faster. Keep up the good work!!
@Tyler: Yeah they seemed generous in saying the typical American is just over 8:1. I’m guessing that the 30:1 is probably more around the worse cases then average. And you’re spot on about reducing omega 6’s too.
For the all people here who use fish oil for their omega 3, please do yourself a favor and only take pharmaceutical grade fish oil. Nordic is a good brand but almost anyone would have to consume about a third or even half the bottle in few days to correct the imbalances!, so liquid is more practical. The other oils just tend to be rancid and/or have certain amounts of toxins. Also, is better to store the bottle in the fridge.
Good luck with that one Logan!
@Abdiel Rodriguez: Yes pharmaceutical grade is necessary. Crappy fish oils likely do more harm then good. The problem with the liquid is that is fairly easy to go rancid too. Keeping it cold is essential but even so if air gets trapped in there, and its not used in a timely manner…
@admin: Thanks for the tip, mine doesn’t last long so I wish it doesn’t get rancid too. By the way, what do you think about krill oil? Some marketers in the internet say it is x times stronger than fish oil, blah, blah, but I’m still to find a scientific paper that says so…
Hey Logan, Great news about your Omega 3 level! Most of us really don’t understand how important it is to keep it high. One thing you might want to look into is this new Omega 3 produt from Biometics International that is up to 5 times more effective than the other Omega 3 products on the market. The developer, Dr. David Rutolo is featured in some videos on this link: https://biometicsbiomega3.com/
If you want to know more, you can email me [email protected]