What are omega-6 fatty acids used for?

Omega 6 fatty acids are used to improve and maintain a healthy heart and brain. Omega 6 fatty acids have also been used in the following ways:

  • Relief of nerve pain in those who have diabetic neuropathy
  • Relief of rheumatoid arthritis symptoms
  • Improved response to certain breast-cancer-fighting drugs
  • Relief of menopause symptoms
  • Prevention of osteoporosis

It is important to note that many studies have had mixed results when it comes to omega 6 fatty acid and its effectiveness with regard to these conditions. However, most doctors agree that omega 6 fatty acid can be used to maintain the health of the brain and the heart.

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