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October 15, 2003


Omega-6 Fatty Acids

Types of omega- 6 fatty acids

The only omega-6 fatty acid you’d probably ever need to supplement

with would be GLA, typically in the form of evening primrose oil

or borage seed oil. Otherwise, we tend to get enough omega-6 fatty

acids through our diet.

Linoleic acid (LA). This

acid is eventually transformed into other omega-6 fatty acids

such arachidonic acid (AA) and gamma

linolenic acid (GLA).

  • Food sources: vegetable oils such as corn, safflower, sunflower

    and sesame.


acid (AA)

  • Used for: Your body uses this to produce series-2 prostaglandin

    hormones, the “bad” prostaglandins, which lead to

    many inflammatory processes.

  • Food sources: Animal fat, red meat, dairy products
Gamma linolenic

acid (GLA)

  • Helps with: Reducing PMS

    depression and tension. May help prevent certain cancers.

  • Food sources: evening primrose oil, borage oil, or

    black currant oil

  • Recommended dosage: 3,000-4,000 mg per day or evening

    primrose oil

  • Good to know: The typical American diet contains

    a great deal of linolenic acid, which should mean that we

    have enough GLA. But there are many things in our diet and

    lifestyle that prevent your body from turning LA into GLA,

    such as:

    • Stress, poor nutrition, alcohol, chemical carcinogens,

      cholesterol, saturated fats, insulin abnormalities,

      low levels of magnesium,


      B6 or zinc,

      and aging

    • Much of the linoleic acid we get contains trans fatty

      acids that cannot be converted into GLA. Trans fatty

      acids are found in margarines and vegetable cooking

      oils, bakery products, fried foods and many other processed

      foods. These foods should be avoided

    To learn more on Essential Fatty Acids, read on:

    Omega-3 Fatty Acids

    Omega-6 Fatty Acids

    For more on nutrients, read on:

    Essential Fatty Acids



    Antioxidants and

    free radicals



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