I’ve heard that Omega-6s are “bad” and Omega-3s are “good”? Is this true?
To say that all Omega-6s are “bad” is an oversimplification. It is true that we generally get an excess of the Omega-6 Linoleic Acid (LA) in our diet, and it has been shown that excess LA can have negative effects. However, GLA is an omega-6 fatty acid that provides a variety of health benefits. Many factors of our modern lifestyle hamper the body’s ability to produce this beneficial Omega-6: consumption of sugar, alcohol, saturated fats and trans-fatty acids, diabetes, aging, stress, prescription medications, and viral infections to name a few. Insufficient quantities of zinc, magnesium, and vitamins B6, C, and niacin also slow the process. For this reason, it is a good idea to supplement with a readily absorbed source of GLA such as borage or evening primrose oil in addition to supplementing with sources of Omega-3 fatty acids such as flax and fish oil.