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Health Importance of Omega 3, 6 and 9 Fatty Acids

There’s no doubt that these fatty acids are important for our overall health, but so is getting the right balance.
Omega-3 and 6 fatty acids are known as ‘essential’ because the body can’t produce them naturally and yet needs them. 


Comparison of health benefits of Omega-3, Omega-6 & Omega-9

It’s no wonder omega-3 fatty acids are the most well-known as they are the most important out of the three and the one most people are deficient in. They are crucial for our cells to make and maintain the trillions of connections and make the energy the cells need to function. Other benefits include playing a key role in fighting against inflammation, brain development and function and heart health among others. Even though omega-3s can easily be found in fish, chia seeds, flax seeds, anchovies etc. people still don’t eat adequate enough quantities it would take to get beneficial levels.  

Research shows that many people on a Western diet have too high a ratio of omega-6 compared to omega-3 fatty acids providing far more omega-6s than needed. For this very reason getting the right balance is super important as they are essential for all our organ functions. Omega-6s are mostly used for energy, producing inflammatory compounds and the GLA type of omega-6 is even beneficial in supporting hormone balance. 

Unlike the previous two, omega-9 fatty acids can be produced by the body, but it’s still good to consume some through food. They are essential for our cells to work and can be found in olive oil, avocado oil, almonds, cashews and other nuts and seeds.