The two triply essential fatty acids – What omega-6 LA to omega-3 ALA ratios does the body need?

Different organs in the body require different mix ratios of omega-6 and omega-3 to function properly:

  • Cell and mitochondrial membranes require a ~2:1 omega-6:omega-3 mix ratio
  • Most organs require a ~4:1 omega-6:omega-3 mix ratio but:1
    • The brain and nervous system run happily on a ~1:1 omega-6:omega-3 mix ratio
    • Muscle needs a omega-6:omega-3 mix ratio between 5.5:1 and 7.5:1 (depending on their physical condition)
    • Although not needing vast amounts overall, the skin works happily on a ~1,000:1 omega-6:omega-3 mix ratio

When the supplies of pristine, vibrant omega-6 fatty acid and pristine, vibrant omega-3 fatty acid in the body are insufficient for all of the body’s needs, the body prioritises supply, feeding the organs it considers most important first (the cell membranes, the brain, the heart, the lungs and the kidneys). The diets eaten by most people living in the more industrially developed countries are often low in pristine, vibrant fatty acids so organs considered less important by the body often receive inadequate supplies, leading to illness.


1 Fatty acid profile of skeletal muscle phospholipids in trained and untrained young men. Anderson, A et al. American Journal of Endocrinological Metabolism 2000;279: E744 – E751

(17636)  Nick Anderson. Green Health Watch Magazine 53 27.7.2019

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