In some patients, a deficiency of essential fatty acids (EFAs) can bring on different medical problems. Therefore, persons who are not receiving sufficient EFAs, like omega-6, might find benefits in taking such supplements, or having more natural sources in their diets. Some of the potential benefits from omega-6 and/or gamma linoleic acid (GLA), as well as conditions in which it might be a treatment method, are briefly discussed below.
The term "dermatitis" refers to any kind of skin inflammation. For instance, a rash may be considered one form. This term can also refer to eczema. There are various forms of dermatitis, and in general, one form usually has a common allergic reaction to a particular allergen. Some common forms of eczema include atopic, contact, and seborrheic dermatitis.
Increased wound healing
Taking omega-6 is also thought by some to improve the body's wound healing process. This is when the skin, or an organ in the body, is repaired following some sort of an injury.
This term covers a wide range of diseases, in which the immune response is overactive and attacks the patient's own body. Some different autoimmune diseases may be considered as potential situations in which omega-6 can be used as a treatment method.
There are different kinds of arthritis, however, gamma linoleic acid may be considered useful as a treatment for various forms. One of these in particular is rheumatoid arthritis, which is a chronic and systemic inflammatory disease. This condition specifically hits the joints, however, it can also affect other areas of the body (organs and tissues). It leads to synovitis (synovial membrane inflammation) that can lead to joint ankylosis and articular cartilage destruction.