Most researchers agree that a large portion of our inflammation is caused by Essential Fatty Acid (EFAs – omega-3, 6 & 9) consumption. Our bodies are incapable of producing these fats so, we are completely dependent upon dietary sources for these essential nutrients. While most people have heard of the healthy omega-3 fats found in fish, wild game and green leafy vegetables, many people do not understand the power of omega-6 fats and its role in the promotion of chronic disease.
Omega-3 fats turn inflammation off while omega-6 fats turn inflammation on. Most people with low inflammation have a ratio range of omega-6:omega-3 around 1:1 up to 4:1. However, the average person is usually inflamed to the degree of 10:1 up to as high as 20:1 in many cases.
This means the typical person is 10-20X’s more inflamed than they should be by health standards. To lower your inflammation avoid Omega-6 fats and increase omega-3 fats. This step can help you in reversing or preventing chronic disease including diabetes, chronic pain, fibromyalgia, osteoporosis or to improve brain function and cognition. Lastly, omega-9 fats are typically anti-inflammatory and found in olive oil, many nuts and avocados.
Foods to avoid: Inflammatory omega-6
- Grains & Wheat Products
- Cereals, Pastas, Breads & Bagels
- Beans, Legumes & Lentils
- Seeds & Seed Oils
- Corn & Corn Oil
- Sesame, Sunflower, Soy & Peanut Oil
- Grain Finished Fatty Meat
- Farm Raised Fish
- Most Processed Oils
- Packaged Foods