Free Sample: How do we know we are taking enough omega 3 and 6?

Performance nutritionist Matt Lovell shows us one of the tests that can inform us on how to make an optimum nutrition plan for our combat training needs

16 November 2012    |    0 Comments

email this article Print this article Share this article with facebook Share this article with twitter
Image courtesy of: Fighting Fit

To read Matt Lovell's 10 tests to determine your personal nutrition plan, click here to get yourself the latest issue of Fighting Fit. To buy this edition via our app, please click here.

WHAT?
A blood test to measure the amount of omega 3 and 6 fatty acids in the red blood cells.

WHERE?
At a private medical centre (The Doctor’s Laboratory) or through a nutritional testing service provider like Genova Diagnostics (they have a UK lab in Surrey).

WHY?
One of the keys to regulating and measuring potential inflammation is the ratio of omega 3 (oily fish) and omega 6 (vegetable oil) in the cells. The ratio of these fats we eat gets incorporated into the cell's membrane and then affects how that cell functions, including how many pro-inflammatory (omega 6) or anti-inflammatory (omega 3) prostaglandins (hormones which regulate inflammation) we make from the fats. There's not much the ratio of these essential fats will not influence in the body as they are incorporated into every cell and are also used to build hormones which regulate inflammation. If you've eaten too many omega 6s and not enough 3s you are likely to have an imbalance in this critical ratio. Humans are deemed to function best with a ratio close to 2:1 omega 6s to 3s. The average UK diet is 20:1 (not optimal). In practise if you can get 4:1 or less you are doing pretty well.

NEXT STEPS?
If your levels are off, you can avoid all poor sources of omega 6 fats like vegetable oil, crisps, donuts, fried food and commercially-prepared baked goods, whilst increasing your consumption of omega 3-rich foods like sardines, mackerel and roll mops (pickled herring) and possibly supplements too if you don’t really like eating fish too much.

To read Matt Lovell's 10 tests to determine your personal nutrition plan, click here to get yourself the latest issue of Fighting Fit. To buy this edition via our app, please click here.

  • Comments
  • Leave a comment

Fighting Fit is published by Newsquest Specialist Media, the world’s leading combat sport publisher. Other titles include Boxing News, The Boxing News Annual and The Boxing News Health & Fitness Series

Please note all comments will be moderated before they are published. Please complete all fields marked with a *.
*Name:
Email:
Location:
*Comment: (no HTML allowed)

Characters Left
<< Enter the characters (without spaces) show in the image.