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Sunday, February 5, 2012

Omega 6, Omega 3 Ratio

Just thought that I would post a link to a page from the National Institutes of Health website, it is about the importance to balancing out your Omega 6 and Omega 3 intake. Ever since my friend and my dog, Copper have had health issues, I have become a lot more aware of the benefits of what you eat. I have also realized how important it is to your health to properly balance out your Omega 6 and Omega 3 intake. I have recently started feeding Copper (who has diabetes) a food that is higher in Omega 3 than Omega 6, and I have already seen some remarkable changes in him, and it has only been a couple of weeks. Before I switched his food I was giving him 9 units insulin, now I have been giving him 4 units insulin. Also with the other foods that I have fed him is seems as if it just goes right through him, now with this food it seems like his body may actually be absorbing and digesting his food better. We will see how it goes.

But anyhow here is the like to that page, it is really interesting.
The importance of the ratio of omega-6/omega-3

Basically in this article they state that most people consume way to much omega 6 and not enough omega 3, which promotes may diseases.

They state what the following Omega-6/Omega-3 ratios have helped with the following diseases:
4/1 ratio - helped decrease cardiovascular disease
2.5/1 ratio - helped patients with colorectal cancer - where 4/1 ratio had no effect
2-3/1 ratio - decreased inflammation in those with rheumatoid arthritis
5/1 ratio - helped patients with asthma - where 10/1 ratio had the opposite effect


Also here is a link to the food that I have been feeding Copper:Link
Nature's Variety: Instinct Raw Frozen Diet Rabbit



Here is a table I made up of the amount of omega 3's and omega 6's in vegetables.
I got my information from NutritionData.com

1 ounce vegetables

Omega 3 mg

Omega 6 mg

Artichoke, boiled

10.6

29.4

Asparagus, boiled

8.1

21.3

Beans, green, boiled

24.9

15.7

Beets, boiled

1.4

16.2

Beet greens, boiled

1.7

18.2

Beet greens, raw

1.1

11.5

Broccoli, boiled

33.3

14.3

Broccoli, raw

5.9

4.8

Brussels Sprouts, boiled

48.4

22.1

Brussels Sprouts, raw

27.7

12.6

Cabbage, boiled

3.9

2.5

Carrots, boiled

0.3

24.4

Carrots, raw

.6

32.2

Cauliflower, boiled

46.8

14

Cauliflower, raw

10.4

3.1

Celery

21

Sweet Corn, yellow, boiled

5

164

Cucumber, with peel, raw

1.4

7.8

Eggplant, boiled

4.2

21.8

Mustard Greens, boiled

6.2

6.7

Mustard Greens, raw

5.0

5.6

Pac Choi, boiled

11.5

8.7

Kale, boiled

28.8

22.1

Kale, raw

50.4

36.6

Collards, boiled

26

19.6

Collards, raw

30.2

23.0

Kohlrabi, boiled

7.8

6.2

Kohlrabi, raw

7.3

5.6

Leeks, boiled

18.5

12.6

Lettuce, green leaf, raw

16.2

6.7

Cantaloupe, raw

12.9

9.8

Okra, boiled

0.3

12.6

Onions, boiled

1.1

19.6

Peas, boiled

4.2

23.8

Peas, raw

3.6

21.0

Peppers, sweet, green, boiled

2.8

26.9

Peppers, sweet, green, raw

2.2

15.1

Potato, baked

3.6

12

Pumpkin, boiled

0.6

0.6

Radishes, raw

8.7

4.8

Rutabaga, boiled

16

10.6

Shallots, raw

0.6

10.4

Spinach, boiled

25.8

4.8

Spinach, raw

36.6

7.3

Summer Squash, boiled

23

13.7

Summer Squash, raw

15.7

9.2

Winter Squash, boiled

25.8

15.4

Sweet Potatoes, baked

1.1

16.8

Swiss Chard, boiled

0.8

7

Swiss Chard, raw

2.0

17.6

Tomatoes, red, raw

0.8

22.4

Turnips, boiled

9

2.5

Turnips, raw

11.2

3.4

Turnips, greens, boiled

17.9

7.8

Turnips, greens, raw

23.5

10.1

Watermelons, raw

14




Also here are some other foods and their omega 3/omega6 ratios:

1 ounce

Omega 3 mg

Omega 6 mg

Chicken breast

21.3

829

Beef ground

11.8

103

Turkey

30.8

302

Egg, hard-boiled

21.8

333

Rice, white

3.6

17.4

Oranges

3.1

8.7

Apples

2.5

12.0

Pasta

13.7

129

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