body’s eicosanoid balance. Balancing these eicosanoids in the body is an excellent way
for managing heart disease and other chronic and inflammatory processes.
|AA/EPA RANGES||CELLULAR INFLAMMATION||FUTURE STATE OF WELLNESS|
|1.5 to 3||Low||Excellent|
|3 to 6||Moderate||Good|
|7 to 15||Elevated||Moderate|
|> than 15||High||Poor|
The AA/EPA Ratio is one of the most common tests for cellular inflammation.
The two other common tests are:
- hs-C-reactive protein (hs-CRP)
- Nuclear factor kappa-B (NF-kB)
The higher the AA/EPA ratio, the higher are the levels of cellular inflammation.
An AA/EPA ratio of 1.5 is considered to be ideal, since this is the ratio found in the Japanese population having the greatest longevity and the lowest incidence of cardiovascular disease.
A lower AA/EPA ratio indicates a better balance of “good” and “bad” eicosanoids in your body. The average AA/EPA of Americans is approximately 11, and for patients with inflammatory conditions and neurological disorders, the AA/EPA ratio will be in excess of 20.
How to reduce and improve the AA/EPA ratio through dietary methods:
The fastest way to reduce the AA/EPA ratio is to increase the intake of high-purity omega-3 fatty acid concentrates and to reduce the consumption of arachidonic acid (AA) and omega-6 fatty acids (LA).
Increase omega-3 rich food sources:
– Seaweed, nori, spirulina, and chlorella
– Chia seeds
– Hemp seeds
– Flax seeds
– Kidney beans
Decrease AA omega-6 rich food sources:
– Sausage, franks, bacon, and ribs
– Cold cuts
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