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Getting the omega balance right

It is important to strike a perfect balance between omega-3, omega-6 and omega-9 fatty acids to ensure you are receiving the right health benefits; as maybe after all it is possible to have too much of a good thing. Though omega fatty acids have many remarkable benefits, it is important to not overload our bodies with these fatty acids. Like with anything in our diets, it is essential to stick to the “everything in moderation” rule to ensure you don’t come across any side effects.

Now that omega-3, omega-6 and omega-9 can all be received in supplement form, it can be easy to have a slightly higher consumption of fatty acids. Supplements are great for people whose diets may be low in these fatty acids, like people who don’t eat fish or nuts. However, if you have a balanced and healthy diet that includes sources of omega fatty acids, then taking supplements alongside this may be causing you problems.

Here are some of the side effects of omega-3, omega-6 and omega-9 fatty acid over consumption:

  • An improper balance or too much omega-6 fatty acid in particular may promote inflammation and may contribute to the development of diseases such as coronary heart disease, cancer and arthritis.
  • Too much omega-6 and not enough omega-3 fatty acids can cause major problems including metabolic syndrome, asthma, type-2 diabetes and obesity.
  • High levels of fish oils may cause problems with pregnancy and breastfeeding, which is why pregnant women should always seek their doctor’s advice before taking supplements.
  • Children are vulnerable to receiving too much EPA as their developing bodies need DHA but are not sure how to handle EPA.
  • As omega-3, 6 & 9 work together to lower blood pressure, too much of these fatty acids may cause your blood pressure to become too low, which is another reason that healthy balances are essential.
  • Fish oils in particular may cause certain allergic reactions as well as bloating, gas, heartburn and acid reflux.