Omega Fatty Acids, at a Glance
By Ann Nix
Omega-3s, -6s, -7s, and -9s. What's the difference, and why do we need them? Here's a breakdown.

omega-fatty-acidsOmega-3s
Omega-3s are essential, meaning they must be obtained through the diet. They’re found in three main forms: docosahexaenoic acid (DHA), eicosapentaenoic acid (EPA), and alpha-linolenic acid (ALA). DHA and EPA are found mainly in fish. ALA is a vegetable source that can be found in walnuts, vegetable oils such as canola and soybean oils, and flax and chia seeds. Omega-3s are anti-inflammatory, and have been shown to benefit the heart, including decreasing risk of stroke, arrhythmias, and atherosclerosis, as well as aid in memory, mood, and general mental performance.

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Omega-6s
These essential fatty acids play a crucial role in brain function, metabolism, reproductive health, and skin and bone health. Most omega-6s in the diet come from vegetable oils, such as linoleic acid (LA)—not to be confused with alpha-linolenic acid (ALA), an omega-3 fatty acid. Good sources: nuts, seeds, and vegetable oils such as soybean, safflower, sunflower, or corn oils. Linoleic acid is converted to gamma-linolenic acid (GLA) in the body. GLA is an omega-6 fatty acid found mostly in plant-based oils such as evening primrose and borage oils. Research shows that GLA promotes the production of beneficial prostaglandins that naturally balance a woman’s hormones.

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Nordic Naturals Omega Woman supports positive mood, and radiant skin and hair with a blend of potent omega-6 fats from evening primrose oil, and a touch of DHA and EPA for balance.

Omega-7s
Omega 7 fatty acids are nonessential, meaning our body can make them. They’re also found in cold-water fish, macadamia nuts, and sea buckthorn berries. Omega-7s benefit the skin (combatting wrinkles and dryness, boosting collagen production, and shielding against sun damage), as well as heart and gastrointestinal health, and weight maintenance.

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New Chapter Supercritical Omega-7 combines sea buckthorn oil with antioxidant herbal extracts including calendula and rosemary.

Omega-9s
Omega-9 fatty acid, or oleic acid, is a nonessential monounsaturated fat and can be produced by the body in small amounts. However, dietary intake is beneficial, especially for heart health; omega-9s help reduce LDL cholesterol levels, and lower risk of stroke and heart disease. Good sources: olive oil, sunflower oil, canola oil, avocado, and nuts.

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Flora Health 7 Sources oil derives omega -3s, -6s, and -9s from seven different land and sea plants—flax, sunflower, sesame, pumpkin, evening primrose, algae, and coconut.




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