What should I know before taking omega-6 fatty acids?

Before taking omega-6 fatty acid, you need to know that the supplement occurs naturally in the foods you eat, so you should consult with your doctor to make sure you are not getting too much of the nutrient. In addition, you need to know that omega-6 fatty acid does not cause heart problems when it is taken in moderation -- it can actually make your heart healthier. A great deal of research has been done on the supplement of omega-6 fatty acid and what it does to benefit the body, but research does not support all the conditions that some claim are treated by omega-6 fatty acid. Before you take the supplement, you should talk to your doctor about what you're hoping it will do. Finally, understand that omega-6 fatty acid can interact with some conditions and drugs.

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At 9 calories per gram, fats can add up quickly in your diet, yet experts recommend that you get only 7% of your calorie intake from fat. Fats also affect your cholesterol, and there are both good and bad fats. The best kind of fa...

ts are called unsaturated fats, and can be found in oils like olive and canola oils, nuts and seeds. These fats can help your body get rid of cholesterol. Saturated fats often have had hydrogen added to them to make them more solid. Other saturated fats are found in cream, butter and meats. They can raise your blood cholesterol. Its wise to learn which is which and check nutrition labels to make proper choices.

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