Omega 6 Fatty Acids
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Omega-6 Linoleic Acid (LA) or Omega-6 fatty acids are a so called “Essential” fatty acid that our bodies need but cannot synthesize from other nutrients.


To get them you have to eat them. Omega-6 fatty acids play a crucial role in brain function, stimulate skin & hair growth, maintain bone health, regulate metabolism, maintain the reproductive system and aid in normal growth & development. Corn, safflower, sunflower, soybean, sesame and pumpkin seed oils are all high in omega-6 fatty acids.

Some researchers had believed that omega-6 fatty acids metabolized in the body, became a type of fatty acid, that could cause our artery linings to swell but The American Heart Association (AHA) has disagreed. The AHA recommends that people eat between 5 and 10 percent of their daily calories from omega-6 fatty acids. Most people already eat this amount of omega-6 fatty acids. If you're concerned about the amount of omega-6 fatty acids you're eating, talk to your doctor about replacing some of the saturated fats in your diet with healthier options. The University of Maryland reports that Omega-6 fatty acids may be (check with your doctor) useful for the following health conditions: diabetic neuropathy, rheumatoid arthritis, allergies, attention deficit/hyperactivity disorder (ADHD), breast cancer, eczema, high blood pressure (hypertension), menopausal symptoms, mastalgia, multiple sclerosis, osteoporosis premenstrual syndrome (PMS). 

You can learn more on the University of Maryland’s Essential Fatty Acids Web Page.