Article last updated: November 2018 by Oskar Faarkrog, ISSA Certified Trainer
During the past three generations our Omega-6 to Omega-3 Balance has shifted from an optimal (1:1) to a terrible (20:1).
The generational shift doesn’t just represent obese Americans who can’t fit into a flight seat.
It also represents those of us who think we are fit and healthy.
This is a HUGE problem because a bad Omega-6 to Omega-3 Balance creates chronic inflammation inside your body, and chronic inflammation is the root cause of most modern diseases.
The Chronic Inflammation Model below is made by neurosurgeon, Dr. Brett Osborn who performed over 1,000 brain surgeries and it lists the modern diseases which are caused by chronic inflammation.
The conclusion of the model is clear:
Your Omega-3 Index is a ticking health bomb which opens your body to diseases such as heart failure, Alzheimer’s and cancer.
Fortunately, correcting your Omega-3 Index is both cheap and simple.
I know because I corrected my Omega-3 Index in just 4 months and I have the blood work to prove it.
Therefore, this article will teach you how I corrected my Omega-3 Index in just 4 months.
It will also teach you 4 other important things:
- How an optimal Omega-3 Index can boost your free testosterone levels (the main muscle building hormone in the body).
- Why more than 9/10 people have a poor Omega-3 Index.
- Why most Omega-3 supplements are junk.
- The top 2 Omega-3 supplement brands I recommend to my private coaching clients.
Let’s get started with disarming the Omega Bomb…
Just Because You Look Healthy, It Doesn’t Mean That You Have A Good Omega-3 Index
You follow a rigorous workout program.
Most of your meals consist of whole foods.
You supplement with a multivitamin and fish oil.
You’re feeling strong in the gym and things are moving in the right direction.
At this point you can’t imagine that your body is a ticking health bomb.
Then you discover that you’re wrong.
That’s exactly what happened to me in August 2015 where I did my first fatty acid profile blood test.
The test showed that I had an Omega-6 to Omega-3 Balance of roughly (12:1).
This result is far from the optimal Omega balance which ranges from (1:1) to (3:1), therefore it’s likely that my body had suffered from inflammation for years.
So, how could my body have suffered from inflammation for years without me knowing about it?
The answer to that question is what makes inflammation dangerous.
You see… Inflammation is silent.
It can be inside your body for years without you knowing about it.
This is possible because inflammation isn’t the disease itself.
Inflammation is the thing that opens up your body to diseases such as Alzheimer’s, cancer and heart failure.
Because of that, you can look healthy on the outside while being a wreck on the inside.
If you don’t take action to correct your internal health, it’s only a matter of time before a major health problem comes up and messes up your external health.
And that’s why you have to prevent chronic inflammation rather than waiting until it’s TOO LATE.
Unfortunately, today’s environment makes it tough to attain an optimal Omega-3 Index and now I will explain the top 2 reasons to why that is the case.
Our Environment Makes It Tough To Attain An Optimal Omega-3 Index
There are 2 things in today’s environment which make Omega-3 Index optimization a nightmare:
- Many of foods we eat are full of the bad Omega-6. Examples are Kraft Foods in the US, meats in the US that are not grass-fed and most of the junk in your local 7-Eleven.
- Seafoods that are high in Omega-3 such as wild caught salmon are expensive.
In an ideal world, all of us would be Eskimos and eat wild caught salmon all day long.
However, ideal is different from real.
In the real world, most of us can’t eat wild caught salmon on a daily basis because it’s damn expensive.
And, even if you can afford wild caught salmon everyday, you will still need to make sure that the rest of your diet is low in Omega-6 and spend an extraordinary amount of time on researching every single food you eat.
This is especially the case if you travel a lot or live outside the EU where food regulation is lax.
Based on this, it’s much more convenient to use a high quality Omega-3 supplement.
That’s what finance guru Mikael Syding did and he hasn’t had a single cold for 7 years.
Learning About Omega-3 Index Optimization From Finance Guru, Mikael Syding
After discovering that I have a suboptimal Omega-3 Index, I decided to start supplement with a high quality Omega-3 oil from Sweden.
I was very careful about choosing the right Omega-3 brand because of 2 reasons:
- I had previously supplemented with high dosages of Omega-3 without any success.
- I wanted to make absolutely sure that I’m promoting the right Omega-3 brand on this blog since it would be the first supplement brand that I promote since the blog’s creation in 2013.
The brand I chose was ArcticMed Premium Omega-3, and now I will explain why.
It all started when I went to Stockholm in Summer 2015 to interview Mikael Syding for the Skinny-Fat Transformation Podcast.
Mikael has done everything from racing luxury sports cars to climbing a 7 KM mountain without oxygen (on his first climb ever).
He has lived a life that most of us would dream of, and now he’s retired in his early forties as a deca millionaire in USD.
Prior to retiring, he was the managing director of the hedge fund, Futuris Asset Management where he outperformed the financial market with 600% for a decade.
Because of his extraordinary performance on the stock market, his hedge fund was awarded the prize “European Hedge Fund of the Decade” – a prize that’s only given out once every ten years to one hedge fund.
When I met Mikael in his apartment in Stockholm, I noticed that his skin complexion looked healthier than any other person I have seen.
He also has an advanced level of strength on the bench press at his bodyweight with a 310lbs. max.
Because of that, I wanted to learn about how he maintained phenomenal health and fitness while working 16-hour work days for two decades.
Here’s what Mikael said:
“Between 2006 and 2008 I made several changes in lifestyle. The most important one was adjusting my Omega-6:3 ratio (it’s absolutely stellar at 2:1 now, by drinking Omega-3 oil from ArcticMed. I haven’t had a single cold since then, despite people close to me getting ill several times a year, and I easily stepped up my workout sessions. My bench press went from slowly falling year by year, to rocketing from 240 lbs to 310 lbs. If I can give you just one tip for improved life quality, it’s to remember to DRINK OMEGA-3 OIL every day.”
He then continued to teach me about the benefits of optimizing your Omega-3 Index and why most Omega-3 supplements out there are junk.
Why Most Omega-3 Supplements Are Junk
There are 2 main reasons to why most supplements out there are junk:
- The fish oil is low quality. You can test this by biting open the capsule and drinking the oil. If it tastes bad, it is bad. Most oils taste bad.
- The Omega-3 dosage is low. You need a minimum of 2-3 grams Omega-3 daily to optimize your Omega-3 Index. Most capsules contain just 6-10% of that dosage so you would need to take 10-15 of them to reach your daily dosage.
After learning about this, I tried one of the Omega-3 supplements I had taken for years and Mikael was right…
It tasted horrible and the dosage of each capsule was just 200 mg, so I would need to take 15 of these fuckers to reach my optimal dosage.
No wonder that my Omega-3 Index was poor when I took a junk supplement.
At that point, I was 100% convinced to try Mikael’s recommended Omega-3 supplement from the ArcticMed brand.
There was only one big problem.
At the time, ArcticMed wasn’t available outside Sweden.
The reasoning is that the brand relies on an unique formula which uses a high quality olive oil from the first harvest week of the year.
This olive oil is limited in supply, therefore it’s difficult to expand the ArcticMed concept to other markets without compromising on quality.
Bummer I thought… Now Mikael had just told me about why ArcticMed is awesome, but I couldn’t get it!
Fortunately, after some intense negotiation on Mikael Syding’s rooftop, I was able to convince him to call the owner of the ArcticMed concept, Micke Marcko, and have 6 bottles of oil shipped to Denmark.
How I Disarmed My Omega Bomb In Just 4 Months
I started taking ArcticMed’s Premium Omega-3 in August 2015.
The oil came in a lemon flavor and tasted fresh compared to other fish oils I have tried before.
It also had a slight after-burn in my throat as if it was clearing out something there.
After some research I found that the after-burn was a result of the olive oil which is packed with antioxidants.
I drank 1 tablespoon of the oil with breakfast for 4 months.
In December 2015, four months after my first fatty acid profile blood test, I did my second blood test.
To my surprise, my Omega-3 Index changed from orange to green in just 4 months!
I saw an even bigger improvement in my Omega-6 to Omega-3 balance which changed from roughly (12:1) to (4:1).
The blood work also showed that my total Omega-6 didn’t improve much at all. (Probably because I ate a junk diet in Thailand).
The major improvement was a result of the massive improvement in my Omega-3 numbers, which the oil is supposed to correct.
Summary of My 4 Month Omega-3 Index Improvement
The conclusion of the fatty acid profile blood tests is that supplementing with ArcticMed’s Omega-3 for 4 months in Bangkok (while eating a diet full of junk-food), outperformed the results I had gotten from:
- Working out and eating a diet full of whole foods for 4 years while being at home in Denmark.
- Supplementing with various Omega-3 supplement brands from the local pharmacy for 2-3 years.
…And that’s why it’s crucial that you supplement with a high quality omega-3 supplement brand and not some random junk from the pharmacy.
The two brands I recommend are listed below:
- Best Omega-3 for US and Canada readers: Athletic Greens Omega-3
- Best Omega-3 for UK and EU readers: ArcticMed Omega-3
I’ve tested both extensively for months and they work.
I can’t recommend other brands because prior to using the brands listed above, I was using a variety of brands from my local pharmacy for years, but these didn’t produce any results.
Like most supplements out there, the Omega-3 capsules in the pharmacy were underdosed and the quality of the capsules was low.
I remember that I once tried biting one of the capsules open and it tasted rancid.
A good Omega-3 supplement tastes fresh, and both ArcticMed and Athletic Greens come with that quality.
Be proud but stay hungry,
Disclaimer: You should not use Omega-3 supplements if you’re on blood thinning medication.
Image credit for the ticking health bomb:Edward Simpson
Image credit for Stockholm: Tommie Hansen
Image credit for Eskimo: born1945