For those of you worried about your Omega-3 intake, here's something to ease your mind. Did you know vegetables also contains Omega-3s? Here's a short list of common vegetables and their Omega-3 : Omega-6 amounts. I'll probably update this list with more foods. Most people say strive for a ratio of 1:2 Omega-3s to Omega-6s, but anywhere from 1:1 to 1:4 is generally acceptable.
All Omega-3/6 amounts are in Milligrams (mg) and a serving size of 1 cup.
Omega-3 : Omega-6 Left side : Right side
Spinach: 41 : 7.8
Broccoli (including the stalk): 166.1 : 58.4
Broccoli Leaves: 36 : 10.6
Carrots: 18 : 128.5
Collard Greens: 38.9 : 29.5
Cabbage (Red): 40 : 30.3
Cabbage (Savoy: 24.8 : 18.6
Kale: 121 : 92.4
Green bell peppers: 11.9 : 80.6
Red bell peppers: 37.2 : 67
Flaxseed (ground) 38033 : 9803
Evil plants: Corn: 24.6 : 835
Slice of whole wheat bread: 139 : 1148
Soybean: 2460 : 18441
Ok this is a great post but here's the problem; it doesn't look at the big picture. Most people are concerned about omega 3s and 6s because they want to balance their Omega 3:6 ratio in their overal diet. You can't do this with vegetables alone unless you are vegan or vegetarian.
These foods you listed barely contain any fat at all (the evil section is right on though). So if you are planning on eating these foods in order to balance out your overal dietary ratio of omega 3 to 6, you're going to need to eat WHOPPING amounts of them... And here is why. Everything else you eat has way more fat in it compared to the fat content found in these veggies, and the omega 3:6 ratio in most foods is gonna be way imbalanced in favor of omega 6.
Eggs, beef, chicken, pork, bread, vegetable oils, flour, and most things that most Americans eat every day have WAY more Omega 6s than 3s. So you're gonna need to do two things in order to bring your Omega 3:6 back in balance: 1. Eat more foods that have medium to high fat content, and most of that fat is going to need to be Omega-3 (fish, flax seed) 2. Reduce consumption of foods that contain nearly all omega 6s: beef, pork, chicken, eggs
The following foods are medium-to-high in fat, and most of this fat is Omega-3 EFAs (essential fatty acids): Flax Seeds, Salmon, Sardines, Halibut, Scallops, Shrimp, Tofu, Tuna
In the old days when we were still farmers, we got a lot more Omega 3s in our diets because the cows were fed grass instead of grain and soy and the chickens were allowed to forrage and eat insects instead of whatever they are fed now (grain and soy and some other stuff?), so the beef, chicken, and eggs had a much better ratio of Omega 3:6.
from what ive read on these boards alot of people get tested and its a waste of money because an imbalance doesnt show up. alot of people with hormonal acne fall into the "normal" category when tested unfortunately...
Ah, then the range of "normal" needs to be re-evaluated and made more strict. Or perhaps we can interpret the results ourselves; if we are within the normal range but close to the low end or the high end then we can interpret that as not normal.
Pseudoscience and false hopes. None of this shit cures my acne that lives a life of its own despite what I fucking eat. I have taken evening primrose and borage oil up to 18 grams a day and it did nothing. I have tried so fucking many natural remedies over the years that it makes me angry to see these people joining 2012 and immediately sharing some kind of cures and bullshit.
And those "cure acne naturally" "secret acne cure that drug companies don't want you to know" ebooks and sites are the biggest load of shit there is.
You gotta find that thing that works for you, and/or the reason for your acne. I've been using Retin-A since I was in my teens and it has worked well for me, though I still get pimples but seemingly only when I am eating a diet that has a lot of sugars and carbs in it. In the past few months I've cut out a lot of sugar and carbs and my skin has been consistently clearer--in fact, clearer than it has been in my whole life thus far.
You gotta take a deep breath and approach this thing scientifically.
I have combined cystic acne and rosacea. My skin is now 100% clear of zits! (The rosacea is still present.)
For those of you unfamiliar with spironolactone, it is an anti-androgen.
What I do daily: -100mg of spiro.
When I read things like this I wonder about what caused the hormonal imbalance in the first place. Did you figure out what was causing your over production of androgens? Perhaps you should have a medical evaluation to find out why. Blood tests etc.