Omega 6, it’s all about balance

October 29, 2008 at 10:58 am 2 comments

Recent research using mice has shown an association between levels of arachidonic acid (a very long-chain fatty acid of the omega-6 class) in the brain and a tendency to develop symptoms similar to Alzheimer’s disease. While this may provide clues for future drug development strategies, it does not provide a direct link between dietary omega-6 fatty acids and risk of developing Alzheimer’s disease or other degenerative brain conditions which some media have reported. As a product rich in Omega 3, 6 & 9 GOOD wanted to ensure that we gave you the facts in this area.

It’s not new news that changes in western diets over the last hundred years (with dramatically higher levels of omega-6 and reduced levels of omega-3 fatty acids) may contribute to many of the illnesses seen in modern society, but this report has brought some of this concern to the fore. Nutritional advice in the light of current knowledge would be that as part of a healthy diet plan, consumption of oils and fats should ideally include a ratio of omega-6 to omega-3 of about 3:1, and saturated and trans fats should be limited. Now for the GOOD news, the proportions of Omega’s 3, 6 & 9 in GOOD OIL would contribute to this balance, and with low saturated fat and no transfat, GOOD OIL is a healthy choice.

We plan to publish a more detailed report on this subject in articles, watch this space, it should be up this week.

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  • 1. ann  |  April 10, 2009 at 11:59 am

    I was concerned when I saw that Good Oil has such a high ratio of Omega 6 oil and would be most interested to read your updated report. I think it’s also worth noting that saturated fat in the diet is essential for the body to digest and process the omega fats. I know it’s fashionable to knock saturated fats but they are what we evolved on and not the bad guys that current commercial interests would have us believe! Are there any plans to up the Omega 3 content of Good Oil I wonder?

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  • 2. goodwebsite  |  April 14, 2009 at 3:57 pm

    Hi Ann,

    Thanks so much for your comment. I’m surprised that you were concerned by our Omega content – the ratio of Omega 3 to Omega 6 in GOOD OIL is optimal for our bodies according to a number of scientists. The Kings Report by Prof Sandham has more information about it if you are interested: (you can download the PDF from our website – http://www.goodwebsite.co.uk/goodhealth.php)

    With saturated fat, I know that knocking it is certainly fashionable at the moment (the government campaign to get people to swap from butter to olive oil is a good example!), but that is because Western diets tend to much too high in them. As you say, some of the “good” saturated fats are required for digestion. Overall, having a culinary oil that is lower in saturated fat is a good thing – but yes, point taken, not all saturated fats are bad!

    In terms of upping the Omega 3 content in GOOD OIL – we are a natural product and we are not planning on ‘fiddling’ with it. We are also happy with the balance of Omegas that we have!

    If you have any more questions or comments please feel free to get in touch

    Caroline

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