Seal Oil Frequently Asked QuestionsDocument Transcript
Seal Oil Frequently Asked Questions
FREQUENTLY ASKED QUESTIONS :-
Does Omega 3 supplement interfere with the thinning of the blood?
A dose of 1.8g PA per day did not result in any prolongation in bleeding time and decreased platelet
count with no adverse effect. In human studies, there has never been a case of clinical bleeding while
patients were taking fish oil supplements (Investigated by Saynor et. At., 1970).
What are essential fatty acids?
Both Omega 3 and 6 are essential fatty acids (EPA¡¯s) and are considered crucial for normal growth
and development. They cannot be manufactured naturally in the body. You obtain you Omega 3s and 6s
from what you eat.
Where do we get Omega 3 & 6?
The primary sources of Omega 3 & 6 are found in the common vegetable oils. The primary source of
Omega 3 is marine food and oils.
How much Omega 3 & 6 do we need?
Omega 3 & 6 remain ¡°good fats¡± as long as they balance in our diets. Most of the world¡¯s major
health organizations now suggest a maximum range of between One Omega 3 to 4 Omega 6 (1:4) and
one Omega 3 to six Omega 6 (1:6) depending to your age and sex.
Do our modern diets promote this balance?
Modern diets deliver too much Omega 6, leading to an acute imbalance of somewhere between Omega
3 to 14 Omega 6 (1:14) and worst cases of 1:60.
Should we fear this imbalance?
As long as the Omega 3 & 6 in our bodies ae in balance, they complement each other. Many doctors
now agree that an Omega 6 imbalance leads to a marked increase in such as dietary disease as
cancer, heart, stroke, diabetes, arthritis, and skin disorder
Why does this happen?
Modern foods are high in Omega 6 and low in Omega 3. When we couple our modern eating habits with
the fact that excess Omega 6 is stored in the body as fat, while any unused Omega 3 is quickly
disposed of by the body, the problem becomes clear.
Is excess Omega 6 dangerous?
Many recent studies indicate that it could be. Researchers using lab animals with existing tumors found
that diet high in Omega 6 made the ¡°¡ tumors grow faster, larger, and more invasive.¡± (Simopoulos
Another study performed in a Los Angeles Veretans Hospital found that the group of men fed a diet high
in Omega 6 had a mortality rate twice that of men on a traditional diet. (Pearce and Dayton: The Lancet,
1971, 464 ¨C 467)
In a recent comprehensive study on the effects of this Omega 3 / Omega 6 imbalance, the researchers ¡
°recommend an Omega 6 to Omega 3 ration of 2:1 or below.¡± (H. Okuyama, T Kobayashi and S.
Watanabe, ¡°Dietary Fatty Acids ¨C The Omega 6 / Omega 3 Balance and Chronic Elderly Diseases. ¡
°Prog. Lipid Res. Vol 35 no 4 p409 ¨C 497 ¨C 1997)
Do any health authorities recommend Omega 3?
The Government of Canada recently recommended that each Canadian should increase their daily
intake of Omega 3 to reduce the Omega 3 / Omega 6 imbalance.
The United States Department of Health and Nutritional Services, The National Institute of Health, The
Life Sciences Research Offices of the Federation of Societies of Experimental Biology and the Council
for Responsible Nutrition have all agreed that the daily intake of Omega 2 should be increased, The
World Health Organization recommends that all adults increased their daily intake of Omega 3.
Why has this Omega 3 / Omega 6 imbalance occurred?
We can trace our human ancestry back four million years. For more than 99% of that time, human were
hunters and foragers. This established our dietary balance between Omega 3 and Omega 6 at the ideal
proportion of 1:1. Many doctors believe that humans kept this balance until the mid-1800s, when our
diet began to fundamentally change. Our present day diet, rich in grains and seeds but poor in marine
life, increases the Omega 6 presence in our bodies.
What is the best method of overcoming this Omega 3 imbalance?
If you are not prepared to make radical and permanent changes in your diet to include food high in
Omega 3, the most immediate answer would be Omega 3 supplements.
Today, the ratio of Omega 6 / Omega 3 is between 10:1 and 20:1 in Western Europe and in North
America, whereas during evolution it was 1:1. Our current diet (Western diet) is characterized by an
increasing in total saturated fat, trans fatty acids, and the Omega 6 EFA; a decrease in the Omega 3
EFA, the antioxidant vitamins C and E, and calcium and potassium; and an increase in sodium intake.
The change in the EFA balance came about because of the indiscriminate recommendation to substitute
vegetable oils. i.e., corn oil, sunflower, safflower and cottonseed oils, for saturated fat since 1960. These
vegetable oils are very high in Omega 6 fatty acids and very low in Omega 3 fatty acids. Corn Oil has a
ratio of Omega 6/Omega 3 of 60:1 and safflower oil 77:1.
In addition, because farm animals are grain-fed, their carcasses contain only small amounts of Omega 3
fatty acids, but they are high in saturated fats and Omega 6 fatty acids, unlike the composition of meat
from animals in the wild. Eggs and poultry in agriculture, fish in aquaculture, and cultivated plants
contain lower amounts of Omega 3 fatty acids than eggs from free-ranging chickens, fish in the wild,
and wild plants (i.e., purslane). (Dr. A. Simpopoulos ¨C The return of Omega 3 fatty acids into the food
supply ¨C 1990)