The more researchers look into it, the more they find inflammation at the root of chronic degenerative diseases.
One of the most important markers for inflammation in the body is homocysteine. There are other causes of inflammation in the body besides homocysteine. Inflammation is directly or indirectly related to chronic problems such as arthritis, heart disease, diabetes, Alzheimer’s disease and even depression.
We’ll look at one of the major ones today and talk about how you can combat it.
What Grocery Store Did Your Ancestors Go To?
When our ancestors of 1,000 years ago hunted and gathered their food, the only choices they had were what they found in the world around them. They didn’t have the huge selection of foods we can easily get in any supermarket today. They also didn’t have any of the chemicals that find their way into our modern food supply.
One result of this lack of choice was that they ate their nutrients in natural amounts and natural ratios.
For example, one group of foods everyone needs (since we don’t make them in our bodies) are the Essential Fatty Acids (EFA). EFA comes in two basic types? Omega-3 and Omega-6 fatty acids. We need both of these to be healthy.
And a thousand years ago our ancestors received both of these in their diet. At that time the natural ratio between them was approximately 3 parts Omega-6 fatty acids to 1 part Omega-3 fatty acids. This 3-to-1 ratio is considered ideal.
That Was Then, This Is Now…
These days, with higher amounts of vegetable oils (most of which are high in Omega-6) along with grains and grain-fed beef (also higher in Omega-6) we get a lot more of the Omega-6 fatty acids in our diet.
In fact, the amount of Omega-6 in most people’s diet is much higher now that ever before. Depending on your diet, you could be getting as much as 20 to 30 times the amount of Omega-6 as Omega-3.
What’s Wrong With This Picture?
This imbalance of EFA creates real problems in your body. I won’t bore you with complex biochemical sequences here, except to note two things:
- Omega-6 and Omega-3 fatty acids compete for the same metabolic resources.
- Omega-6 fatty acids become inflammatory substances in your body, while Omega-3 fatty acids support anti-inflammatory substances.
With just those two pieces of information you can see how what you eat has a huge impact on whether or not you experience inflammation.
Lower Omega-3 levels are correlated with the following diseases:
- heart disease
How You Can Correct This
There are two ways to correct this EFA imbalance. The first is to reduce your intake of Omega-6 fatty acids. The second is to increase the amount of Omega-3 fatty acids in your diet.
It will help you to know the sources of both:
- cereals & pasta
- breads & baked goods
- most vegetable oils
- grain fed beef
- eggs and poultry (grain fed)
- wild salmon (not farmed)
- fish oil
- flax oil
- Neptune Krill Oil (NKO)
- grass fed beef
- eggs and poultry (free range)
By paying attention to the balance of EFAs in your diet, you’ll go a long way to reducing inflammation and increasing your likelihood of avoiding some of the most serious health issues in modern culture.