To have a balanced diet we always resort to animal and vegetable products that are rich in certain nutrients. It can be minerals such as sodium, potassium and calcium, or organic substances. Among the wide variety of organic substances that we can find, there are acids, aldehydes, vitamins, proteins.The Omega 9 is within the group of acid, and is concerned we in this article.

What is Omega 9?

The term Omega 9 defines an organic chemical compound, of the family of monounsaturated fatty acids of 18 carbons. This is characterized by having its double bond in the structure, located in the middle of the carbon chain. Another name for this compound is oleic acid .

Oleic acid is found in vegetable and animal oils , and it can also be produced by the human body in smaller amounts.

The foods of vegetable origin that contain it are olive oil, olives, almonds, hazelnuts, canola oil. Foods of animal origin that contain it are fish, small farm animals such as chicken, and beef.

Omega 9 belongs to the series of omegas, in which there are also Omega 3 and Omega 6. These other compounds must be acquired through food, since they are not produced in the body.

What is Omega 9 for?

Omega 9 is related to the prevention of cancer in humans , and is also used by patients suffering from type 2 diabetes , since they require Omega 9 to take a bit of stability in their conditions, and finally, it has benefits for the circulatory system, benefits shared with Omegas 3 and 6.

In Greek culture, baths were made with olive oil, which carried with it an implicit use of oleic acid in the skin. Hippocrates himself, considered the father of medicine, used olive oil as a suggestion among his medicinal remedies.

Today, cutaneous applications are made but in the form of ointments or aqueous solutions. The result is smoother, reconstituted and moisturized skin.

There is on the market a presentation in capsules of Omega 9, which are consumed as a dietary supplement, recommended before or after ingestion of food.

Omega 9 is used to:

  • Cancer prevention in humans
  • Keeping Type 2 Diabetes Symptoms Stable
  • As a dietary supplement in capsule form
  • Have smoother and more reconstituted skin
  • Prevent arteries from hardening, to maintain good blood flow
  • Have a good level of good cholesterol in the body
  • Support the immune system, which is the defender against diseases

How many Omega 9 pills should I take?

Omega 9 must be supplied to the body in quantities that the doctor indicates, according to a previous study , and it is for the reasons that will be explained below.

Oleic acid, also called Omega 9, can be produced by the body itself , as long as there are enough Omega 3 and Omega 6 in the diet. This indicates that Omega 9 is a non-essential fatty acid, that is, it is not so necessary to consume it while Omega 3 and Omega 6 are covered between the foods that are being consumed.

It is better to concentrate on the amount of Omega 3 that is being ingested, since it is based on this that Omega 6 and Omega 9 begin to act to help the body.

What side effects does it have?

Omega 9 will lead to side effects, both in its deficiency and in its excess. Everything will depend on the Omega 3 found in the body, and which is the one that supports the generation of Omega 6 and Omega 9.

In its lack and in its excess, there will be as a secondary effect a series of inflammations in the body , since the immune system would decompensate.

Samantha Robson
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Dr. Samantha Robson ( CRN: 0510146-5) is a nutritionist and website content reviewer related to her area of ​​expertise. With a postgraduate degree in Nutrition from The University of Arizona, she is a specialist in Sports Nutrition from Oxford University and is also a member of the International Society of Sports Nutrition.

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