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211: Is it important to hit the AI for total omega-6?

Masterjohn Q&A Files Episode 211


Question: Is it important to hit the AI for total omega-6?

I think it's totally normal to not meet the AI for Omega-6 and to exceed the AI for Omega-3. Question is really, if you have systemic inflammation going on, you frame this as, should I strive to at least meet the AI for Omega-6 if I have chronic disease/inflammation? Well, if you have chronic disease/inflammation, you might be depleting your Omega-6, which means depleting arachidonic acid, which means you might need more arachidonic acid. If your arachidonic acid levels look good, you shouldn't worry at all about meeting the AI for linoleate as far as I'm concerned.

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082: Ask Me Anything About Nutrition, February 7, 2021

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