Health-conscious people they are well versed on the benefits of omega-3 fatty acids from fish, which we discuss here.
Yet sadly, it seems that omega 6 fatty acids, seem to be the poor relation and often gets overlooked.
Us folks at The Naked Chemist, love this interesting but little known fatty acid, it has many benefits, and is just great for helping skin conditions:
- Dry Skin
- Chronic inflammation
Omega 6 Fatty Acids
This fat comes from the omega 6 family.
It is referred to as linoleic acid, and is converted by the body into Gamma Linoleic Acid (GLA).
The richest sources of this oil is from lovely evening primrose oil, which is found in the seeds of the plant.
It is extremely high in the essential fatty acid (GLA), which has an impressive range of disease-fighting powers.
This fat is processed in the body to make prostaglandins, which are extremely active hormone substances.
Benefits of Omega 6 Fatty Acids
- Prevents blood clots
- Lowers blood pressure
- Relaxes blood vessels
- Reduces inflammation
- Improving nerve function
- Prostaglandins, keep the blood thin
- Lowers LDL cholesterol, bad cholesterol
- Relieves symptoms of rheumatoid arthritis
- Balances sugar, helping insulin to work more effectively in the body
As you can see there are so many benefits for health.
The only problem, omega 6 fatty acids are very short lived in the body, so we need it is important to rely on a regular intake of these fatty acids.
Sources of Omega 6 Fatty Acids
This family of fats comes exclusively from seeds and their oils:
- Soya bean oil
- Borage oil
- Hemp seeds
- Pumpkin seeds
- Sunflower seeds
- Evening primrose oil
- Blackcurrant seed oil
The ideal intake is one to two teaspoons of ground seeds a day.
It is important to note, that an intake of too much omega-6 can cancel out the benefits of omega-3.
So everything in moderation is key.