Omega-6 Fatty Acid

[ Omega-6_Fatty_Acid ]

Any polyunsaturated fatty acid of the alpha-omega class in which there is a double bond, six carbon atoms from the methyl (omega) end of the molecule.

Omega-6 fatty acids are an important part of the eicosanoid complex. There is a delicate balance maintained largely through the dietary consumption of both omega-3 and omega-6 fatty acids.

Commercial vegetable_oils generally contain high levels of omega-6 fatty acids, in particular, linoleic_acid. Over consumption of omega-6s has been implicated in immune system disorders and inflammation.

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