More on Essential Fatty Acids
The other major use is to do with prostaglandins. Prostaglandins are hormone precursors. Hormones are chemical messengers that are vital to maintaining all types of balances within the body, so prostaglandins are important building blocks in the process of making hormones. Without them, hormone imbalance can start to occur. They help to fine tune the body at cellular and molecular level so they are very important in all sorts of ways.
These prostaglandins are one of the reasons why it is so important that women who have problems with hormone imbalance, get good levels of the Omega oils. In order to create prostaglandins successfully you also need zinc, magnesium, vitamins B3, B6 and C in addition to Omega oils.
As mentioned, the Omega oils are also required for a whole host of other vital functions and in fact there’s a lot of excellent research from some experts in these oils, who maintain that the lack of these fats and the underlying imbalance in our intake of these fats actually underlies many health issues.
The Omega3:Omega6 Balance
What does this imbalance really mean? We need to have the right ratio of Omega 3 to Omega 6 oils. Like so many other things that function in the body there is a balance to be struck. Ideally we aim to have a 1:1 ratio of Omega 6:Omega-3 in our diets and in our body.
In reality many diets may be somewhat skewed in favour of Omega 6 – some experts estimate by as much as 20:1 (20 Omega 6 to 1 Omega-3). Omega 6 is found in poly-unsaturated fats such as vegetable oils, which are common in our diets nowadays. So we may get more Omega 6 in our diet, and less Omega 3 by comparison. Therefore supplementing with Omega-3 can help to bring Omega 3 back into balance with the Omega 6 in our diets.