Similar to Omega 3’s, Omega 6’s are considered essential fatty acids that cannot be created by our bodies and need to be obtained from dietary sources. There are two main categories of omega 6’s, ones that decrease inflammation and ones that increase inflammation. This might seem counterintuitive but our body’s actually need a balance of pro-inflammatory and anti-inflammatory pathways to maintain proper immunity. Anti-inflammatory omega 6’s includes GLA (gamma-linolenic acid) found in evening primrose and borage oil while pro-inflammatory omega 6’s includes AA (arachidonic acid) found in red meat, poultry, eggs, and peanuts. In our modern diets, there is an over consumption of pro-inflammatory Omega 6’s which can promote many chronic diseases.
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