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Omega-6 Fatty Acids Can Cause Inflammation

by Tatiana Alcazar

February 13, 2021

Omega 6 Fatty Acids Can Cause Inflammation
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Omega-6 fatty acids have become more popular over the past years, primarily in western countries in the form of vegetable oil. We can also find this type of fats in soybean oils, safflower, and corn.

Surprisingly, essential fatty acids are necessary. However, Omega-6 fatty acids are highly processed oils, therefore over consumption is highly inflammatory. For that reason it may lead to all sorts of problems such as type 2 diabetes, arthritis, obesity, and autoimmune illnesses.

Most of our lives we used vegetable oil to fry chicken in or use when cooking. Although your body needs fat because it builds your cell walls, still you need a healthy ratio of fats.

Read on and know the difference between good fats and bad fats, it may be time for an oil change. 

Truth About Essential Fatty Acids 

Some studies show that Omega-6 fatty acids are good for health, and lower the cholesterol in the blood. It also has a lot of functions in the body, for example regulating metabolism, bone health, skin and hair growth.

Omega-3 and Omega-6 are two essential fatty acids for good health, but we need the right balance to function in our cells properly and to protect us from various diseases. Unfortunately, we eat too much Omega-6 from our diet, especially from processed foods. Too much Omega-6 can, however, interfere with the body's ability to use these fats.

The principal vegetable oil-derived omega-6 fatty acid, once taken as a medicine by the tablespoon to lower cholesterol, is now being accused of causing, not preventing, heart disease.

Excessive consumption can cause inflammation and far away from healing. Moreover, most vegetable oils are extremely unnatural high in (linoleic acid), more likely reduce the production and effectiveness of DHA in our body 

Omega-6 Acids Negative Effect

The latest studies on fats shows, that not all plant fats are equal. Linoleic acid or Omega-6 fatty acids associated with a higher risk of early death from cancer, as well as heart-related conditions.

On average, we tend to consume too much Omega-6 fatty acids since the main sources are plenty in our diet. On the negative side, the food we eat every day contains vegetable oil or plant oils and from other sources such as eggs, nuts, and soya.

Eating too much both saturated and unsaturated fatty acids can add extra calories to your diet for this reason you are more likely to develop Obesity.

Obesity is also characterized by excess body fat, which is a significant factor for several cancer diseases such as breast cancer and tumor.

Improper consumption and imbalance ratios of fatty acids are pro inflammatory that are considered unhealthy.

Stay On The Safe Side

Omega-6 is more like safe when consumed by adults and children over the age of 12 months as part of the diet in amounts between 5% and 10% of daily calories. However, it needs more in-depth research to support the effectiveness and safety to use it as a medicine.

Omega-6 fatty acids can raise triglycerides (a type of cholesterol). If you have too high triglycerides, do not use this kind of fatty acids.

Be sure to follow directions on the product's label and consult your doctor before using it.

Time For Healthy Oil Change

If you are looking for a healthy substitute, then Olive oil is one of the healthier options. One of the best plant oil is Olive oil. In fact, they considered it a treasure because of the numerous health properties.

The Olive oil main compound is Omega-9 Oleic acid. Monounsaturated fat are healthy fats that can be found in Olive oil. In fact, evidence shows these fats has a number of health benefits.

Olive oil in particular has a distinct taste which is good for cooking. Hence, according to research, three tablespoons of olive oil may reduce the risk of heart disease by 30%. And its list benefit doesn't end there. In addition, this oil has anti-inflammatory, and has a higher antioxidant power.

Use oil sparingly and get an oil change! Make a healthy choice, visit our blog and learn more about healthy options.


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About the author 

Tatiana Alcazar  -  A software engineer, former IBMer, co-founder of Naravis Corporation and a mom, with a passion for finding the solution and root cause to everything that comes across, including health. It has been a long journey since founding Naravis and trying to find solutions to my leaky gut syndrome and pursue natural health. Throughout this journey I have learned an enormous amount of information (acquired knowledge) and I feel it's my duty to share my knowledge and my experience with you.

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