Important other Omegas
There are many types of fatty acids that the human body uses. These polyunsaturated or monounsaturated fatty acids are classified based on where the first double bond is positioned in the chain, position 3 for Omega-3s, position 6 for Omega-6 and so on.
Polyunsaturated fatty acids such as Omega-3s are considered essential and must be consumed through diet or supplementation as humans are unable to produce them at significant levels on their own.
Omega-6 fatty acids like arachidonic acid (ARA) can be found in significant amounts in meat and meat products. Unfortunately, they exhibit pro-inflammatory properties and as a result many Doctors and Nutritionists recommend eating them in lower quantities. However, this is not the case with all Omega-6 fatty acids. For example, gamma-linoleic acid (GLA) found in Borage or Evening Primrose can help to lower pro-inflammatory ARA levels.
Omega-7 fatty acids, of which the most common is palmitoleic acid, can be found in Macadamia nuts and sea buckthorn, as well as fish oils. Palmitoleic acid seems to have beneficial effects on satiety and helping to manage hunger.
Omega-9 fatty acids are well known in the Mediterranean diet. Olive oil consists of approximately 70% Oleic acid, an Omega-9 fatty acid. Lesser known is gondonic acid, the main component of jojoba oil.
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