Posted by: Wagner IT | April 7, 2009

Why Omega-6, can make you Omega-“Sick”

by J. Adam Wagner, DC

by J. Adam Wagner, DC

Essential Fatty acids, Omega-3 & Omega-6, what’s the difference ?

Simply put, the body has the ability to make many things but some things it cannot. As far as fatty acids are concerned, there are a few the body cannot make but needs to get externally from food or supplemental sources. If we don’t get these fatty acids we fail to thrive. Dwindling nutritional value from whole foods, secondary to agricultural practices, plus increased processed foods in our diets, is giving us an UNHEALTHY BALANCE.

The two essential fatty acids (EFA’s) we are concerned about are Omega-3 and Omega-6 (EFA’s). Let’s talk chemistry (just a little). These acids are called Omega because the first double bond (all unsaturated fatty acids must contain at least one double bond) which occurs at the 3rd or 6th carbon from the end (carbon next to terminal methyl) or (the Omega carbon). We would love to have the optimum balance of 1:1 ratio of Omega-3 to Omega-6 EFA’s, but our dietary habits in the USA realistically give us an average of 25 to 50:1 ratio of Omega-6 to Omega-3! OUCH!! Essentially too much Omega-6 compared to Omega-3 EFA’s is not good.

Omega-6 or Omega “Sick”?

Omega6 EFA’s are Linley, Homo-Gamma linoleic and Arachidonic acids which are polyunsaturated fats found in palm, soybean, rapeseed and sunflower oils, and almost every processed food.The Omega-6 fats are essential but too much is not good. Why? Because pro-inflammatory mediators, (which cause inflammation), such as prostaglandins and leukotrienes, are made from these Omega-6 fats. Inflammation uncontrolled is not good! The latest research information is leading researchers to blame chronic inflammation, a source of cell mutation, on diseases such as cancer, cardiovascular disease, high cholesterol, high blood pressure, auto immune disorders, asthma and many other disease entities!

Omega-3’s to the rescue!

Michael Gross M.D., researcher and founder of OmegaArtho Health, LLC, makers of LifeGuard Health Omega-3 products, has termed the lack of Omega-3s and too much Omega-6 as “Omeganemia” the disease deficiency of the 21st century!

Omega-3 EFA’s are derived from several plant and fish sources. These EFA,s are: EPA/Eicosopentanoic (20 carbon 5 unsaturated bonds) and DHA/Docosahexanoic (22 carbon 6 unsaturated bonds) acids. The best source is cold water high yield fish and some mollusks such as perna caniculus/New Zealand green mussel from unpolluted sources. Common knowledge in the nutritional field dictates that only marine sources give the highest concentration and absorbability of Omega-3s available…up to 300% more absorbable than ethyl ester formulas (chemically manipulated synthetic)!! Plant sources of EPA/DHA are not bio-available to any effective degree, and synthetically manipulated sources containing ethyl esters are shown to be 50 times more resistant to being digested by pancreatic and intestinal enzymes among other problems. I know that inflammation causes chronic pain in the joints and backs of the patients I treat every day. That’s why I recommend high quality Omega-3’s to anyone suffering with pain caused by inflammation. But Omega-3 supplements are not all alike.


Vital Link Chiropractic can provide the research and absorbability cost analysis data for you to show why we only recommend LifeGuard HEALTH™, Physician Recommended Nutriceuticals.    


Why Omega-3s and Why LifeGuard HEALTH™?

Omega-3s cause our own bodies to divert effective inflammatory agents to become very INEFFECTIVE and thus cause REDUCED inflammation, INCREASED HDL (good Cholesterol) and reduce the unwarranted effects of too much inflammation! This can mean less NSAIDs, less pain, better quality and quantity of life. LifeGuard HEALTH™, Physician Recommended Nutriceuticals are the highest in quality and its sources come from COLD WATER FISH high in Omega-3 EFAs. LifeGuard HEALTH™ capsules and liquids don’t repeat on you with that unpleasant fishy taste. Instead, they have a pleasant citrus taste. LifeGuard HEALTH™ Physician Recommended Nutriceuticals are number 1 in absorption, concentration and price per capsule! I only recommend LifeGuard HEALTH™ Omega-3 products to my patients, friends and colleagues for the treatment of inflammation, a problem affecting almost all of my patients suffering from chronic joint and back pain. Flex™ and Purna-Flex™ are formulas specifically for chronic joint pain, but the Omega Cardio Benefits™ and Omega Essentials™ products provide additional support for people suffering with high cholesterol and other health problems. There are even formulas just for mom’s and kids.


Call me at 215-230-8100, and I can recommend which product is right for you, or go to my website, to learn more about my practice.


Visit and use JAdamWagner10 for a 10% discount. Choose the Autoship option for even greater savings.



Leave a Reply

Fill in your details below or click an icon to log in: Logo

You are commenting using your account. Log Out /  Change )

Google photo

You are commenting using your Google account. Log Out /  Change )

Twitter picture

You are commenting using your Twitter account. Log Out /  Change )

Facebook photo

You are commenting using your Facebook account. Log Out /  Change )

Connecting to %s


%d bloggers like this: