This page is dedicated to our range of Omega 6 dietary supplements. These fatty acids are among the polyunsaturated essential fatty acids, which are vital for the body because it cannot synthesize them itself. Linoleic acid, gamma-linoleic acid and arachidonic acid all belong to the omega-6 fatty acids.
What are Omega-6 fatty acids?
As mentioned above, omega-6 fatty acids are among the polyunsaturated essential fatty acids. Unsaturated means the structure of the molecule is made up of so-called double bonds. A double bond offers the possibility of involving other atoms in a molecule. The structure is therefore not "saturated". Omega 6 fatty acids have a final carbon-carbon double bond in the n-6 position, which is the sixth bond counting from the methyl end.
Among the most important representatives of the Omega-6 fatty acids are linoleic acid, gamma-linolenic acid and arachidonic acid. Linoleic acid can be converted by the body into the other two fatty acids.
Effect of Omega-6 fatty acids
Some of the foods that contain linoleic acid and arachidonic acid, include pork, beef and chicken, including chicken eggs, as well as tuna and salmon. Arachidonic acid is found only in animal foods.
The eicosanoids of arachidonic acid and gamma-linolenic acid behave in part as opponents that affect the other positively or negatively according to certain processes. Arachidonic acid, for example, if taken excessively, can promote inflammation, which has been linked to diseases such as atopic dermatitis, arteriosclerosis, rheumatism and allergies. The conversion of arachidonic acid to pro-inflammatory substances is affected by gamma-linolenic acid and alpha-linolenic acid.
Omega-6 fatty acids in your diet
Some vegetable oils contain large amounts of linoleic acid without their potentially harmful opponent arachidonic acid. Good sources for that is sunflower, walnut, grape seed and pumpkin seed oil. Linoleic acid is also found in peanuts, corn, avocado, bamboo sprouts, kale and oatmeal. The omega-6 fatty acid gamma-linolenic acid is only found in plant foods, such as evening primrose oil, borage oil and hemp oil, as well as in the alga Spirulina, which is often used as a dietary supplement, but only in small amounts.
Fatty fish, such as tuna or salmon, have large quantities of omega-3 fatty acids as well as omega-6, so often in spite of arachidonic acid that he fish also contains, the consumption of these fish is recommended.
However, the quality of the recorded omega-6 fatty acids is far more important than the amount taken. In general, the supply of omega-6 fatty acid arachidonic acid should be deliberately reduced, which is not the case with linoleic and gamma-linolenic acid. At the same time an increased intake of omega-3 fatty acids is necessary to the recommended ratio of 1: 5. This requires the use of rapeseed, linseed, hemp oil or walnut oil as well as the frequent consumption of fish. Rape and hemp oil have a good 1:2 ratio, a favourable omega-3: omega-6 ratio is 1:3.
The goal of a healthy diet should be to take less than 50 milligrams of arachidonic acid per day. A typical meat-based diet, however, involves daily about 200 to 400 milligrams of arachidonic acid. From this viewpoint, a reduced intake of meat, sausages and eggs is recommended. In a predominantly vegetarian diet, the intake of linoleic and alpha-linolenic acid is increased, which also inhibits the body's production of harmful arachidonic acid.
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Search the online store of nu3 now and find products rich in omega-6 fatty acids. For vegetarians and vegans, we offer omega-3 / omega-6 fatty acids that area all plant based such as seed oils and algae. The store has a huge range of pumpkin seed oil capsules, mussel capsules, organic cedar nut oil, and black cumin oil capsules, which are all ideal ways to increase your omega-6 intake.
All of these products plus many more are available online from nu3 today.