It is important that as people of the 21st century we know the nutrients that inhabit our body. Some people say they are very knowledgeable about the vitamins and nutrients that must be consumed to have a full and healthy life, but they do not know what they are and what they are really used for, as is often the case with Omega 6.
Omega 6 serves to stimulate nervous and neuronal function , as well as to improve the circulation of cell membranes. Without the proper amount of this fatty acid, the body does not function properly.
Omega 6 benefits
To give a clearer idea of all the benefits it brings to health, we will mention the most important:
- Helps in hair care, and stimulates its growth.
- Helps in skin care.
- Regulates metabolism.
- Helps with bone health.
- Collaborates with the health of the reproductive system.
- Participates in the synthesis of hormones.
- Increases the defenses of our immune system.
- Improves nerve transmissions.
- It is part of the structure of vision.
- It reduces the formation of LDL cholesterol, total cholesterol and triglycerides in the liver.
- It fulfills brain and behavioral functions. (Studies assure that children who suffer from hyperactivity have lower levels of omega 6 , than children who do not suffer from it).
- It has an anti-inflammatory effect: It is recommended for cases of rheumatoid arthritis; This ranges from pain, swelling, to morning stiffness.
- For women, doctors recommend getting this nutrient for the menopausal stage, this helps reduce symptoms.
With this it can be seen that beyond being beneficial, they are processes that help us to have an optimal functioning of our body and organism. We can notice that, without its presence, our body would noticeably decay.
What is Omega 6?
It is a vital acid for our body, and despite being very important it is a nutrient that the body does not produce. The only way to get it is through food and supplements.
There are 6 types of this omega 6:
- Linoleic acid.
- Alpha linolenic acid.
- Arachidonic acid.
- Calendic acid.
- Adrenic acid
- Eicosadienoic acid.
Difference between omega 6 and omega 3
Both complement each other, therefore, it could not be said that one is more important than the other. The correct balance between these fatty acids ensures a healthy body.
While omega 3 is responsible for regulating and reducing inflammation (through the blood), among other no less important processes, omega 6 is responsible for the structure, protection and regulation of cells. Both have fundamental roles in the body. Now, if there is no balance between the consumption of these fats, some alterations may occur such as:
- Chronic pain and inflammation.
- Hardening of the arteries.
- Heart disease
- Hormonal imbalances
- Autoimmune diseases.
- Respiratory conditions.
- Blood clotting problems
By consuming omega 6 at the appropriate level, we are guaranteeing the optimal state of health so that our body fulfills all its functions without alterations. But for its consumption it must be taken into account that a proportional relationship must be maintained with the amount of omega 3 consumed. If there is not a proportional relationship between omega 3 and omega 6, adverse effects can occur.
If there is an excessive consumption of omega 6 versus the intake of omega 3, for example, the formation of thrombi can occur. A proportional relationship between these two should be 4: 1. Although today the ratio is from 10: 1 to 20: 1, which indicates that the consumption is higher than it should be.
Foods rich in omega 6
There is a large amount of food that has it, many of them are consumed daily and we do not realize what we are obtaining through its consumption. These are:
- Pan integral.
- Vegetable oils (the same ones that are used in the preparation of salads).
- Sunflower seeds.
- It can be obtained as a supplement, but this must be consumed with medical supervision.
- It can be obtained in supplements, but must first be supervised by a doctor.
It is said that many of the fats that are consumed are harmful to our body, but unlike that, omega 6, like other fatty acids, are essential for optimal functioning. Although our body does not produce it, we should not put it aside.
This is why with a balanced diet (along with omega 3 and 9) we can obtain all its benefits. A constant medical check-up is recommended to monitor the levels of these fatty acids, since many of the diseases can be caused by a lack of this nutrient, or some other.
Visiting the doctor is not for the sick, but rather for people who stay healthy and seek to prevent diseases that can get worse in the long term. Remember to visit your doctor!