What is the difference between omega-6 and omega-3 fatty acids?
While Omega-3 fatty acids (DHA and EPA) are known to be good for your body, Omega-6 fatty acids (AA and LA) can contribute to cellular damage in your body. All fatty acids play multiple roles in our bodies such as membrane formation, energy sources for cells, and production of signaling chemicals called eicosanoids. The eicosanoids produced by Omega-6’s tend to be more potent mediators of inflammation, which can cause cellular damage, and appear to cause platelets to stick together in blood vessels. This can lead to vascular disease in the body and coronary artery disease in the heart, as well as increased risk of heart attacks and strokes. Having more Omega-6 compared to Omega-3 may promote cellular inflammation.