omega-6 fatty acid

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omega-6 fatty acid

n.
Any of several polyunsaturated fatty acids, including linoleic acid, that are essential for human metabolism and are found in poultry, nuts, beans, and vegetable oils such as canola and soybean oil. Increasing dietary intake of omega-6 fatty acids can decrease LDL cholesterol levels in the bloodstream.

omega-6 fatty acid

an unsaturated fatty acid in which the double bond closest to the omega (methyl) end of the molecule occurs at the sixth carbon from that end. Major sources are vegetable and seed oils.

omega-6 fatty acid

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Any of the long-chain polyunsaturated fatty acids, such as linoleic acid and arachidonic acid, thought to influence cardiovascular and growth function when balanced with omega-3 fatty acids in eicosanoid production. Linoleic acids are derived from vegetable oils; arachidonic acids, from animal fats. Synonym: n-6 fatty acid
See also: acid
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PEO Solution is an opinionated read--Peskin does not think that his theory is wrong and he challenges the reader to substantiate why omega-3 supplementation is preferred to omega-6 supplementation.
The primary omega-6 fatty acid in the diet is linoleic acid, which is found in corn, soybean, safflower, and sunflower oils.
Is there validity to the concern about over-consuming Omega-6 fatty acids?
The ratio of omega-6 to omega-3 fatty acids our diet today is estimated to be more than 10:1; some estimates are as high as 30:1.
Omega-6 fatty acids and risk for cardiovascular disease.
It further states that one can derive most benefit when omega-6 PUFAs replace saturated or trans fats in the diet.
The typical American diet contains a lot of grain-fed beef, refined cereals and vegetable oils, and therefore it's teeming with omega-6 fatty acids.
Unfortunately, the typical American diet tends to contain up to 30 times more omega-6 fatty acids than omega-3 fatty acids, an imbalance that scientists believe contributes significantly to the increased incidence of cardiovascular disease and other inflammatory disorders in the United States and other developed countries.
To lower your omega-6 intake, you need to avoid polyunsaturated vegetable-based oils in such things as margarines, salad dressings, processed foods, and mayonnaise.
Availability of the necessary precursors in the cell (the available concentrations of omega-3 and omega-6 fatty acids) plays a huge roll in determining the quantity and type of eicosanoids that will be produced.
Flax seed oil is the best vegetable source for righting the Omega-6 to Omega-3 imbalance, with a ratio reverse that of hemp.