I have had a severe fish/seafood allergy my entire life! It sucks. Basically, I've been severely Omega-3 deficient since birth. I'm trying to correct some hormonal imbalances and optimize my omega 3:6 ratios but I'm not sure the best way to go about it with this allergy. I take DHA from algae (very expensive and I don't take enough as a result). I limit exposure to seed/ vegetable oils. What else can I do? I've heard some people who are allergic to fish can handle fish oil. I can eat fish sauce...made from bones not the protein (which is the allergen). Thoughts?
You don't need to consume fish oil to get enough omega-3s. In fact, you'll do just fine consuming ALA (plant-sourced omega-3s) and letting your body do the conversion to EPA/DHA as needed. Yes, the conversion is low, but that's because our bodies needs are low.
Stick to whole foods rich in ALA: walnuts and fresh ground flaxseed, for example.
As long as you don't consume too much refined oils, you'll be fine in terms of omega ratio. You can consume as much olive oil as you like though, the ratio is spot on. Plus it has more MUFA than you can shake a stick at!
Omega 3 superstars in the plant world are algae, flax oil and flaxseeds and chia seeds. Have you considered getting a flaxseed or chia seed oil supplement? You could blend the oil into smoothies, soups or drizzle it on dishes if you like the flavour. You can also try supplementing with the ground up seeds as well.
Freshly ground flaxseed and grassfed ruminants. Kurt Harris had a reference showing grassfed ruminants' products(or sth like grassfed beef meat specifically) increase blood epa/dha levels more than can be explained by the amount of them found inside it.
The key here is ratio. If you are doing all you can within your dietary restrictions to boost O3, the other side of the equation is to REDUCE O6. That means steadfastly avoiding processed oils, and reducing foods with high ratios of O6--e.g. chicken, nuts and seeds.
Don't forget (as pointed out by others) that pastured meat and dairy have fairly good ratios of O3.
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