An Imbalance Between Omega3 and Omega6

Did you know that an imbalance of Omega3 and Omega6 can cause a tendency to obesity?

In agricultural production, commercially raised livestock is fed corn silage and given oxytetracycline to reduce the incidence of infection. This antibiotic is stored in the animals, and leaves a toxic residue in their systems so this and the resulting higher Omega6 levels from the silage make it into our milk and food, leading to an Omega6/3 imbalance in our bodies.

In infants, an obesity epidemic (we refer to epidemic when there are a high number of cases of a specific pathology, regardless of whether it is actually infectious) can only logically be linked to these higher Omega6 levels in milk, since it comes primarily from silage-fed milk cows.
Grass, on the other hand, is very rich is beneficial Omega3, especially in the spring, allowing pregnant females to have a large quantity of it in their blood, so their fetuses benefit as well. Because of this natural diet, grass-fed livestock do not impart oxytetracycline residues and higher Omega6 levels to our food. I remember that Omega3 is also essential for brain development, and nothing is left to chance.

Going back to obesity, the situation in the US is an obvious example, where obesity has become a national emergency. However, it is necessary to emphasize that if we observe the population of a large North American city – an ideal place to see millions of people in one place – it seems that people are largely either of normal weight, or are extremely fat. There is little in between. My belief is that certain individuals become obese because their system is unbalanced due to a diet overly rich in Omega6 and poor in Omega3, linked to the agricultural production methods described above. It’s true that some individuals just eat too much, but I believe that is more due to this imbalance.

In support of this point of view, the American Journal of Lipid Research recently published an article which blamed the imbalance ratio between Omega6/3 in food for the development of obesity. According to this study, presented by Professor Gerard Ilhaud (University of Nice-Sophia Antipolis in with CNRS, INRA), the imbalance of Omega6 and Omega3 promotes obesity from one generation to another. This is extremely important because it could explain why children of obese people often have the same fate.

As proof, the researcher exposed four generations of mice to an occidental type diet, replicating the imbalance between Omega6/3 (10/1) and noticed that the weight of the mice gradually increased in subsequent generations. To explain this transition from one generation to the other, it’s necessary to involve the epigenetics: which is to say that the genetic heritage (genoma) can’t be modified, but that we can alter the operation of some genes by adjusting food.

Let’s remember that Omega6 and Omega3 are essential polyunsaturated fatty acids that do not naturally occur in the human body, and must be acquired from food. In the past few decades, obesity has significantly increased as the fat characteristics of our food have changed.
Thus, it’s not difficult to connect this increase in obesity with the increase of Omega6 in our diet to the detriment of Omega3. The ratio of Omega6/3 has tripled or quadrupled in forty years, with the United States
ratio at 40/1, while in Europe, the average is 10/1 – which is already too high.

I would like to point out that this idea isn’t crazy or irresponsible. In fact, it has been shown that the minor addition of Omega3 right flax seeds in the diet of breeding cattle has shown to be very effective in improving both the health condition of the animal and the quality of the products they provide (milk, meat, cheese and yogurt).

The breeding of animals for food is an unsustainable practice for many reasons. There are ethical considerations, but there is also a need to stop the intensive farming which has a high price in generating waste and pollution from animal excrement in the form of methanol gas, and the negative effects of the chemical and pharmacological products used in the production cycle.

As I said, Omega3 is present in flax seed, canola, hemp and fish, especially fatty ones (salmon, sardines and mackerel are especially rich). So it is recommended that humans eat this type of fish once or twice every week. I also saw that it helps in keeping the skin hydrated.
Fish consumption should be limited; since the average life span is now around 90 years, there can really be an accumulation of heavy metal toxins. This is not an area of concern for cats and dogs since their life span is five times below that of humans. Paradoxically, there are more stringent controls on raw materials intended for dog and cat foods, than for human foods.

I believe there is ample evidence indicating that imbalance in the Omega6/3 ratio can affect both our bodies and our eating habits. With minor adjustments in agricultural processes for livestock, along with increased consumption of high quality Omega3 foods, people can reduce their tendency to obesity.

The Importance of the Breeders Nutrition

Breeders Nutrition: The fundamental principles

 

The Breeding process begins with a practical character test by which dogs are evaluated by their physical beauty and current state of health. Unfortunately, nutrition is often overlooked and too much emphasis is placed upon the genetics of the parents. Providing proper nutrition for both the male and female is vital, as it will affect the vitality, health, and growth of their puppies.

Nutrition plays a fundamental role in the physical and psychological health of the parents, which has a sharp influence on the general state of the puppies.

The fundamental principles for correct nutrition are:

• A presence of the Omega3 essential fatty acids in high quantity (between one and three per one hundred). These fatty acids can be naturally attained from fish and fish oil.

• An Omega3 and Omega6 ratio between 1:1 and 1:4.

• The utilization of food sources without chemical and / or medical residues, which are particularly toxic.
Avoid proteins coming from intensive farming and carbohydrates that are genetically modified or contain gluten.
Instead, use clean proteins such as fish from the sea or deer, boar, lamb, or horse meat that does not come from intensive farming. Look for unpolluted polyunsaturated fats.

Breeders will too often buy low priced pet food to restrain the cost of breeding management. They are not always able to find a product with a good ratio between quality and price. By using low quality products, they risk an onset of disorders related to improper nutrition. Often this is caused by an excess or insufficiency of essential elements (fatty acids polyunsaturated Omega3 and Omega6) but also from the contained toxic substances. Such substances are increasingly present in various kinds of food.

They frequently cause disorders that are misattributed to food allergies.
In addition to food allergies, an intolerance is a body’s negative reaction to one or more ingredient.

These can give different symptoms and inflame different organs (ear, skin, gastrointestinal, eye, urinary).
Hair lacking shine, reddened persistent itching, dandruff, odorous skin, paw licking, otitis mono and bi-lateral, vomiting and fasting, continuous chronic diarrhea, and excessive tearing are the most obvious symptoms to be found by the parents.

Many dogs and cats show a high level of intolerance to the presence of residue in meat coming from intensive farming and wheat gluten. The simple use of a protein source not coming from intensive farming (for example fish) and the use of corn as a source of glucose very often avoids such a reaction completely.

A breeder of show dogs looks for the following characteristics: healthy skin and hair, a correct physical conformation, a small quantity of feces, and a balanced physique. For a breeder of working dogs, it’s important to provide the dog with a product that has a high metabolizable energy and works towards developing the right muscles and bones, as well as promotes the learning and receptivity of the dogs.

The right nutrition contributes to the best physical and physiological aspects and guarantees the health of the dogs performance and facilitates the long term management of breeding.