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Publication year: 2003

Omega-6/Omega-3 Essential Fatty Acid Ratio: The Scientific Evidence

Editor(s): Simopoulos A.P. (Washington, D.C.) 
Cleland L.G. (Adelaide, S.A.) 


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World Review of Nutrition and Dietetics , Vol. 92
Editor(s): Koletzko B. (Munich) 
XIV + 174 p., 24 fig., 37 tab., hard cover, 2003
Status: available   
ISSN: 0084-2230
e-ISSN: 1662-3975

Studies on the evolutionary aspects of diet and molecular studies included in this volume indicate that human beings evolved on a diet that was balanced in the essential fatty acids (EFA). In fact, the ratio of omega-6/omega-3 EFA was 1/1 whereas present day diets in both developed and developing countries have a much higher ratio, between 5/1 and 50/1. Additional studies show that a high ratio of omega-6/omega-3 EFA is detrimental to health and may lead to the development of chronic diseases. Improving the dietary ratio by decreasing the omega-6 fatty acids and increasing the omega-3 fatty acids is essential for brain function and for the management of cardiovascular disease, arthritis and cancer. A ratio of 4/1 or less leads to lower dosage and to the reduction of adverse effects of drugs.
This volume should be of interest to a large and varied audience of researchers in academia, industry, and government; cardiologists, geneticists, immunologists, neuroscientists, and cancer specialists; as well as nutritionists, dietitians, food scientists, agriculturists, economists and regulators.

Bibliographic Details

World Review of Nutrition and Dietetics, Vol. 92
Omega-6/Omega-3 Essential Fatty Acid Ratio: The Scientific Evidence
Editor(s): Simopoulos A.P. (Washington, D.C.) 
Cleland L.G. (Adelaide, S.A.) 
XIV + 174 p., 24 fig., 37 tab., hard cover, 2003
Status: available   
ISBN: 978-3-8055-7640-6
e-ISBN: 978-3-318-01018-3