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American Heart Association Recommends Omega-6 Fatty Acids

Posted Feb 13 2009 4:24pm

The American Heart Association recently reported that 5% to 10% of daily caloric intake should come from omega-6 fatty acids. Consumption of this level of omega-6 fatty acids was associated with a reduced risk of coronary heart disease. This report was published in Circulation: Journal of the American Heart Association.

Data from randomized trials, case control studies, and long term feeding animal studies indicate that consuming 5% to 10% of our caloric intake from omega-6 fatty acids reduced the risk of fatty acids relative to lower doses. Some research has suggested that omega-6 fatty acids may actually increase cardiovascular risk because they promote inflammation. Most studies found that omega-6 fatty acids were associated with unaltered or minimal inflammatory markers and by replacing saturated fatty acids with omega-6 fatty acids coronary heart disease events can be lowered by 24%.

Sources of Omega-6 include vegetable oils, borage oil, flax/linseed oil, and acai berry.

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