Omega 3, 6 and 9

omegaThere are three different types of Omega fatty acids namely- Omega 3, 6 and 9. Each of these numbers designates a chemical structure, with each ascending number as the longer chain that needs to be broken down by the body. Each Omega fatty acid has its own unique functions and properties which will enhance different aspect of health for our bodies.

Omega-3 (Alpha Linolenic Acid)
Omega-3 fatty acids are the most vital of the three, for our health.

The most important 2 fatty acids in Omega 3 are EPA and DHA. These are limited in supply and can be found mainly in oily fish and fish oil supplements. DHA is important for healthy development of the brain, whereas EPA is necessary for the efficient functioning of the brain and body at a cellular level.

The Omega 3 possesses anti-inflammatory properties and provides protection against cardiovascular disease, depression, arthritis and some skin conditions.

They can be consumed in foods such as salmon, sardine, mackerel, anchovies, walnuts and green leafy vegetables. It is best we include these foods in our daily diet. They can more be readily obtained through high-quality omega-3 supplements.

It is especially recommended to pregnant mothers and growing children because of its beneficial properties.

Omega-6 (Linoleic Acid)
In the omega-6 family that main role is played by the fatty acid called Linoleic acid. Omega-6 can be found abundantly in most of our vegetable cooking oils like soybean oil, canola oil and corn oil (exception of olive oil) and many of the foods we consume like cereals, whole grain bread and margarine. Hence, most of us have a heavily imbalanced ratio of omega-6 to 3.

Omega 6 relieves bloating and pain associated with Pre Menstrual Syndrome. It also promotes healthy skin, hair and nails and helps to bring about emotional and hormonal balance.

Omega-9 (Oleic Acid)
Omega-9 is the richest fatty acids. Omega 9 oils are monounsaturated, which are unlike Omega 3 and 6 as they are polyunsaturated. Omega- 9 is found in animal fats, avocado, pistachio nuts and most notably olive oil.

Omega 9 has many qualities and its key component, Oleic acid, helps to lower the risk of stroke, arteriosclerosis, and cardiovascular disease. Omega 9 oils also help to improve and provide a healthy immune system.

Pure EPA contains a wonderful blend of all the 3 important fatty acids- EPA, GLA and OA, making it the most excellent choice of omega 3, 6, 9 supplements.

Key Components Of OMEGA 3, 6, 9

Omega 3 Omega 6 Omega 9
Alpha-linolenic acid ALA Linolenic acid LA Oleic acid OA
Eicosapentaenoic acid EPA Gamma-linolenic acid GLA Mead acid
Docosahexaenoic acid DHA Dihomogamma linolenic acid DLA Erucic acid

Arachidonic acid AA
Found mostly in fish oils such as salmon and sardine and also green vegetables like broccoli and spinach Soybean oil, corn oil, cereals, whole grain bread and margarine Animal fats, avocado, pistachio nuts and most notably olive oil