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

, ?-6 fatty acid
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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These ratios mean that the typical American diet is deficient in omega-3 fatty acids, especially when considered in relation to omega-6 fatty acids (Kris-Etherton et al.
Fact: This belief is based on experimental evidence suggesting that omega-6 fatty acids compete with omega-3 fatty acids for common enzymes needed for metabolism, possibly counteracting the health benefits of the omega-3's.
The idea that omega-6 fatty acids are pro-inflammatory has always been difficult to understand, considering the available data.
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Hadders and her colleagues looked into whether adding omega-3 and omega-6 fatty acids to the formula of healthy, full-term babies had an impact on the functioning of the brain at 9 years of age.
Along with Omega-3 fatty acids, Omega-6 fatty acids play a crucial role in brain function as well as normal growth and development.
People who do not get enough omega-3 fatty acids or do not maintain a healthy balance of omega-3 to omega-6 fatty acids in their diet may be at an increased risk of suffering from depression.
Additionally, it is currently estimated that the typical North American diet contains a much greater percentage of omega-6 fatty acids, outnumbering the intake of omega-3 fatty acids by a factor of twenty.
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The worm uses this gene, which isn't normally present in mammals, to convert the less healthful, more common oils known as omega-6 fatty acids into the omega-3 variety.