PEOs are "whole" EFAs as opposed to EFA derivatives. Fish oil contains NO PEOs.
Most popular health writers and nutritionists do NOT understand the difference between "parent" and derivative EFAs! They also don't take into consideration that most if not all foods contain damaged omega 6 EFAs (trans fats), which are damaging to your body!
There are numerous articles on EFAs everywhere with some good information, but nearly all of these articles lack a basic understanding of the difference between "parent" and derivative EFAs. This incomplete understanding of EFAs is the reason the new term Parent Essential Oils (PEOs) has been coined, to differentiate between the "parent" and derivative forms of EFAs.
You may also have read that you are getting an overload of omega-6 EFAs in your diet and that you only need to take omega-3 supplements. The problem with this bad advice is that the omega-6 EFAs found in most foods have been mostly damaged and turned into trans-fats. Therefore, by skipping Omega-6 supplementation, you are depriving your body of the essential, undamaged "Parent" omega-6 EFAs it needs to function at peak performance!
Derivative EFAs are not used by the body, unless derived from the "parent." Nearly ALL EFA supplements, including fish oil, consists of derivatives. Your body does not need mega-doses of derivatives, which can cause you great harm! Your body makes the derivatives it needs from the "parent" oils, as well as using the parent directly.
The body uses 95% of the Parent form and only about 5% of the derivatives.
So supplements without parent oils are insufficient and ineffective and can even be dangerous to your health!
Parent Essential Oils are fundamental to proper nutrition. Our bodies use PEOs as the building blocks for cellular growth, which plays a central role in feeling, looking, and performing at your best. Your body can’t make PEOs; they must come from food or nutritional supplements.
Parent Essential Oils, (PEOs) Defined
Omega-6 – LA: Linoleic Acid. Your body makes into the derivatives GLA, DGLA, AA, as needed.
Omega-3 – ALA: Alpha Linolenic Acid. Your body makes into the derivatives: SDA, EPA, DHA as needed.
Proper PEO radio: "Parent" omega-6 to "Parent" omega-3 = 1:1 to 2.5:1
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