Omega-3s are the building blocks for hormones that help combat or resolve inflammation. When we have too much inflammation it is one of the main reasons we gain weight, develop chronic disease, and age at a faster pace. A diet rich in omega-3s (e.g. fish and fish oil) can help minimize inflammation, whereas a diet rich in omega-6 fats (e.g. corn oil, soybean oil, safflower oil) can promote inflammation. The problem is that most Americans have a diet incredibly low in omega-3s and incredibly rich in omega-6 fats.

Studies have shown that the rise in our obesity epidemic parallels our increased intake of omega-6s and decreased intake of omega-3s. This is why it’s important to have the appropriate balance of both to minimize inflammation and promote overall wellness.

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William B. Hosfield M.D.