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.
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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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