Omega-6 fatty acids

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Omega-6 fatty acids is the popular name for n-6 polyunsaturated fatty acids. They are found in found in vegetable oils and nuts rather than fish oils as with longer chain omega-3 fatty acids and can be metabolised to anti-inflammatory or pro-inflammatory derivatives. The commonest are linoleic acid and arachidonic acid. There is some evidence that the n-6/n-3 ratio in the diet may constitute a predictor of low-grade inflammation and coagulation[1] but also general evidence that diets higher in vegetable oils and nuts have net benefit suggesting the issue is perhaps overexposure to omega-6 relative to mega-3 fatty acids in the typical diet.


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