Omega 6 Fatty Acids
and Sources of Omega 6

Omega 6 fatty acids are essential to our health, but too many unhealthy sources of omega 6 can provide a diet for fatty liver health problems.

The worst sources of omega 6 are polyunsaturated cooking oils such as sunflower, soybean, safflower, corn, and vegetable oils.

Most people are suffering from an Out of Balance Ratio in favor of the omega 6 fatty acids and a severe shortage of omega 3.

Sources of omega 6 are found abundantly in our modern and processed food's diet.  This has lead to a diet for fatty liver problems you would most likely expect to see in an Alcoholic - yikes!

Problems Created by Sources of Omega 6

Create these problems.....

  • Inflammation
  • Depletion of Vital Nutrients like Magnesium
  • Hogging all the Conversion Enzymes from Omega 3
  • Free Radicals and Aging

Omega 6 polyunsaturated fats have replaced almost all other fats in our baked goods, chips, dressings, etc.

These oils are highly susceptible to becoming oxidized and rancid thus creating loads of free radicals.  They also create trans fats.


What are Omega 6 Fatty Acids?

Omega 6 fatty acids are Essential Fatty Acids or EFAs and must be obtained from your diet.

Another name for these fatty acids is polyunsaturated fatty acids or PUFAs.

The three important Omega 6 fatty acids are:   

  • LA which is short for Linoleic Acid
  • GLA which is short for Gamma-Linolenic Acid
  • AA which is short for Arachidonic Acid

These polyunsaturated fats play a crucial role in your health and affect your heart and brain functions as well as your growth.

A Ratio of 4:1 Omega 6 to Omega 3

or

A Ratio of 1:4 Omega 6 to Omega 3

or Somewhere in Between is the Goal!

Too Much Omega 6 linked to....

  • Asthma
  • Heart Disease
  • Cancer
  • Impaired Growth
  • Autoimmune Disorders
  • Weight Gain
  • Learning Disorders
  • Digestive Problems
  • Blood Clots
  • Liver Damage
  • Hyperactivity
  • Sterility
  • Violent Behavior

A Diet of Fatty Liver Oils will Destroy Your Liver!

An excess of omega 6 fats is damaging to your liver and is associated with non-alcoholic fatty liver disease.  And this is starting to become a big problem for Americans.

Too much omega 6 can also lead to an overproduction of inflammation producing hormones and this will cause severe health problems for your whole body.

Another huge problem is that Omega 6 and Omega 3 both compete for a common enzyme in the conversion process.

Also, your body must convert Alpha-linolenic acid (Omega 3) and Linoleic acid (Omega 6) into the more beneficial fatty acids like EPA and GLA, and this will require vital nutrients from your body or diet.

Prime Sources of Omega 6

Very High in Omega 6

Cottonseed Oil, Soybean Oil, Sunflower Oil, Corn Oil, Sesame Oil, Wheat Germ Oil, Safflower Oil, and Grape Seed Oil


English Walnuts, Black Walnuts, Pine Nuts, Sesame Seeds, and Sunflower Seeds

Moderate in Omega 6

Avocados and Olives

Hazelnuts

Macadamia Nuts

High in Omega 6

Canola Oil, Peanut Oil, Margarine, Chicken Fat, and Flax Seed Oil


Peanuts, Cashews, Almonds, Pecans, Brazil Nuts, and Chia Seeds

Moderate in Omega 6

Olive Oil, Macadamia Nut Oil, Avocado Oil, Palm Oil, Shea Butter, Cocoa Butter, Lard, and Goose Fat

Bacon, Pork Chops, Conventional Eggs, and Chicken

Oats and Corn


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