Omega-6 Research

Omega-6 Research

Know more about fatty acids:

What are Omega-6 acids?

Omega-6 is the type of fatty acids, similar to Omega-3s. These types of acids can't be produced in human body, but are playing a vital part. We can get omega-6 acids from food or supplements.

Fatty acids are important for brain function, healthy skin, hair growth, good bone health and even regulate the metabolism in our body.

Why do I need Omega-6?

Helps reduce nerve pain
Two trials show positive effect on nerve pain treatment with gamma linolenic acid (type of omega-6 fatty acids). The treatment takes about 6 months.
Fights inflammation
Gamma linolenic acid (GLA) metabolized in our body to DGLA (natural antiinflammatory agent). DGLA can help people with chronic diseases based on inflamamation.
Treats rheumatoid arthritis
Arthritis Foundation suggests taking 540 mg of primrose oil to get gamma linolenic acid, because GLA can reduce pain. Effect can be felt after 1-6 months.
Reduces high blood pressure
GLA from 6 mg of blackcurrant oil helps reduce high blood pressure - study finds.
Lowers risk of heart disease
The American Heart Association suggests taking linolenic acid to lower risk of coronary heart disease.
Supports bone health
Polyunsaturated fatty acid may help preserve skeletal formation for men and women.
Doctors talk about...
Omega-6 helps reduce nerve pain, fights inflammation, treats arthritis, may help reduce symptoms of ADHD, reduces high blood pressure, lowers risk of heart attack and supports bone health.
Dr. Josh Axe
Creator of
You need to know: typical omega-6 to omega-3 ratios for pre-industrial populations ranged from 4:1 to 1:4
Dr. Stephan Guyenet
Consultant at
The body also constructs hormones from Omega 6 fatty acids. In general, hormones derived from the two classes of essential fatty acids have opposite effects. Both families of hormones must be in balance to maintain optimum health, so there are some omega-6 benefits.
Dr. Andrew Weil
Creator of
The imbalance between Omega-3 and Omega-6 fatty acids may also contribute to obesity, depression, dyslexia, hyperactivity and even a tendency toward violence. Bringing the fats into proper proportion may actually relieve those conditions.
Joseph Hibbeln M.D.
psychiatrist at the National Institutes of Health