I have been reading about how Omega 3 slows down inflammation and discourages the growth of tumours while omega 6 works to help with inflammation, encouraging tumours. These findings are presented clearly in Artemis Simopoulos’ book The Omega Plan, where she explains that the chemicals produced in the body from Omega 3s work in opposite ways to those produced using Omega 6s. In recent years it has been proven that although omega 6 is not as harmful as saturated fats are, it is important to make sure your EFAs are mostly omega 3 sources. This means that if like me, you have been taking Evening Primrose Oil supplements, which contains only omega 6, you need to reconsider.
A high dosage of omega-3 fatty acids is necessary to reduce inflammation: 1-3g of EPA and DHA daily (check your fish oil/omega-3 tablets for these figures before you buy them) is what is recommended in Professor Jelinek’s book. I will make modifications to the diet on this blog ASAP. According to Simopoulos omega-3 helps to protect the body from not only auto-immune diseases, but coronary heart disease as well as cancer. The Journal of the American Medical Association published information in 2007 highlighting how omega-3 helped reduce risks of type 1 diabetes by over 50% in children at risk of developing the disease.
There are good plant sources of omega 3 such as linseed and its oil. According to Jelinek’s book canola and rapeseed oil as well as walnuts and pecans and their oils are also excellent sources. Just be careful to follow the good oil rules when choosing one.
Omega-6 like omega-3 however does help work against the degeneration in MS. Also helpful against degeneration are monounsaturated fats which have no affect on the immune system.