Omega-6 fatty acids are found everywhere in the body. They help with the function of all cells. But too much omega-6 fatty acids can change the way cells react and have harmful effects on cells in the heart and blood vessels.
People use omega-6 fatty acids for heart disease, child development, high cholesterol, cancer, diabetes, and many other conditions, but there is no good scientific evidence to support these uses.
There are different types of omega-6 fatty acids, such as gamma linolenic acid (GLA). Also, some supplements are used as sources of omega-6 fatty acids, such as evening primrose, borage, and black currant. See separate listings for these topics.
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Uses & Effectiveness
We currently have no information for OMEGA-6 FATTY ACIDS Uses.
Special Precautions and Warnings
Children: Omega-6 fatty acids are commonly consumed as part of the diet in amounts between 5% and 10% of daily calories in children over 1 year old. But there isn't enough reliable information to know if omega-6 fatty acids are safe to use as medicine.
A lung disease that makes it harder to breathe (chronic obstructive pulmonary disease or COPD): Omega-6 fatty acids can make breathing more difficult in people with COPD. Do not use omega-6 fatty acid supplements if you have COPD.
Diabetes: High intake of omega-6 fatty acids in the diet can increase the risk of developing high blood pressure in people with diabetes. Until more is known, do not use omega-6 fatty acid supplements if you have diabetes.
High triglycerides (a type of fat): Omega-6 fatty acids can raise triglyceride levels. Do not use omega-6 fatty acid supplements if you have high triglyceride levels.
We currently have no information for OMEGA-6 FATTY ACIDS Interactions.
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