Dr Oz’s The Big O: Know Your Omegas show was very interesting. Just in case anyone was confused, when Doctor Oz spoke about the The Big O, he was talking about “O” for Omega Fats! Not all Omega Fats are created equally, so can you trust food label claims about having Omegas? What is the difference between Omega 3 Fats and Omega 6 Fats? And how much do you need of each? Plus, learn about a new Omega 3 Blood Test that can give you some insight into how good your diet is.
Dr Oz: Omega 3 Fats
Dr Oz said that Omega 3′s are a powerful and essential fatty acid that are found in fish, flax seed, and walnuts. Omega 3 Fats are essential for your brain and nervous system. They also reduce and prevent stress from damaging your body and are called calming fats. You basically cannot get enough Omega 3′s to ward off all types of diseases and health problems including Heart Disease and Alzheimers Disease. Dr Oz was joined by Mark Hyman, author of The Ultramind Solution, who said that our bodies are made up of Omega 3′s and a lack of it is linked to preterm labor, obesity, diabetes, cancer, arthritis, and other health problems. On the positive side, Omega 3′s actually make your skin, hair, and nails beautiful!
Dr Oz: Omega 6 Fats
Dr Oz said that Omega 6 Fats are an essential fatty acid that are also critical for your health, but too much of it is not good for you and can even cancel out the benefits of Omega 3 Fats. So, how do you know if you are getting too much of Omega 6 Fats? What is the right balance between Omega 3′s and Omega 6′s?
Dr Oz: Warning Signs of Lack of Omega 3′s
Dr Oz said that the following are warning signs that you are not getting enough Omega 3 Fats in your diet:
- Soft and brittle nails
- Dry, itchy scalp
- Joint pain, stiff joints, or Arthritis
Since your brain is made of 60% fat, and most of the fat is Omega 3 Fat, when you do not have enough Omega 3′s, you can get cognitive problems and depression.
Dr Oz: Are Omega 6′s Bad For You?
Mark Hyman said that Omega 6 Fats are oils in our diets that cause inflammation and lead to problems including Heart Disease, Arthritis, and Diabetes. Processed oils found in anything that comes in a box or a package tend to be Omega 6′s. Often, when a company writes “Omegas” on the package, they are actually talking about Omega 6 Fats and not Omega 3 Fats (which is what we cannot get enough of!).
Dr Oz: Omega 6 & Omega 3 Combination
If you eat too many Omega 6′s, it cancels out the benefits of Omega 3′s. Dr Oz showed a healthy aorta that is rubbery, bouncy, and elastic. If you do not get sufficient Omega 3′s and have an unhealthy lifestyle, your aorta can begin to flake. Omega 6 Fats are not bad by themselves, but they become unhealthy if you eat too much of them. Mark Hyman told Dr Oz that he went from eating a ration of 2 to 1 of Omega 6′s to Omega 3′s, to now eating a ration of 30 to 1 of Omega 6′s to Omega 3′s.
Dr Oz: Omega 3 Blood Test
Dr Oz said that there is now an Omega 3 Blood Test available through your doctor, or you can purchase a home Omega Blood Test online for $150. You want the results to come back saying that at least 8% of the fats in your blood cells are coming from Omega 3′s. Under 4% is in the undesirable section, which is what one of Dr Oz’s guests found out from her blood test. She had 7 times the amount of Omega 6′s in her blood as Omega 3′s, when she should really only have about twice the amount.
Don’t forget to read Dr Oz’s Omega 3 Food List!