Essential fatty acids are not created equally. Proportion is everything. Two types of fatty acids -- omega-3 and omega-6 -- are distinct from one another based on their molecular bonds. Your body can nutritionally benefit from the omega-6 fatty acids present in most vegetable oils, grains like those found in cereal, and eggs. And of course, fatty fish gives you those omega-3 nutrients. To improve your health, your goal is to consume these fatty acids in a 4:1 ratio, meaning for every four sources of omega-6 fatty acids, you should also take in at least one source of omega-3 fatty acids. The average American diet is closer to a 20:1 ratio.
As you can see, Americans need to eat lots more fish and lots less of other fatty foods. This imbalance creates a significant deficit in omega-3 intake and may contribute to multiple health problems including arterial clogging, attention deficit hyperactivity disorder (ADHD) and depression. A myriad of symptoms are connected in various manners to inflammation that could be the root cause of many illnesses according to some researchers. It is thought that omega-3 may be highly potent in reducing inflammation.