Posted on: 19.03.2022 Posted by: Drlark Comments: 0

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,
      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

Leave a Comment