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The importance of Omega 3 fatty acids in your health promotion and disease prevention cannot be overstated. 

High heat destroys linolenic acid (Omega 3), so cooking in linolenic-rich oils or eating cooked linolenic-rich fish (salmon) is not likely to provide the necessary amount of Omega 3 fatty acid.

Omega 3 fatty acids prevent heart disease and the complications of heart attack.  People who take omega 3 fatty acids have a lower mortality rate after heart attack than those who do not.

Omega 3 EFAs improve cardiac risk factors, and help prevent Cardio Heart Disease.  They normalize lipid levels, lower blood pressure and improve glucose metabolism.

Omega 3s may also be helpful in a number of other conditions.  Rheumatoid arthritis, depression, autism, and many other conditions may be improved by taking omega 3 EFAs.  They are necessary for growth and development, especially in the development of nerve tissue, and may improve cognitive function and emotional health.

The Best Omega 3 Sources Are

Animal foods, not plant sources. For example, flaxseed is a source, but the body must convert the flax oil Omega 3 into DHA and EPA. This can be difficult for unhealthy or elderly persons. Three of the top Omega 3 sources are cold-water fish oil (people use emu oil soft gelcaps because there are no "fish burps" afterward), grass-fed red meat, and natural eggs. Omega 3 oils provide DHA and EPA in a natural form that your body can easily assimilate. No conversion is required by the body.

Omega 6 & Your Immune System

Omega 6 fatty acids compete for enzymes with omega 3 EFAs, so the amounts of the two need to be properly balanced.  Less research has been done on omega 6 EFAs than on omega 3s.  Most omega 6 fatty acids produce an inflammatory response that may be necessary for healthy immune system function.  Research is beginning to indicate that one omega 6 EFA is, however, a powerful anti-inflammatory agent, and may be even more important for healthy hearts than omega 3 oils.

Omega 9 & You

Omega 9, as mentioned, is not an essential fatty acid.  Omega 9 oils are monounsaturated, and are found in olive oil.  Olive oil is known to have beneficial health effects, and omega 9 oils may be necessary for healthy immune system functioning.

The benefits of omega 3, 6, & 9 include all of the benefits of all three types of fatty acid (chart below).  Taking an omega 3, 6, & 9 supplement is a good way to ensure that you are getting essential nutrients for your good health.

The following table represents the main fatty acids found in Omega's 3, 6 and 9.

Main Components Of Omega 3, 6, 9 Fatty Acids

Omega 3

Omega 6

Omega 9

alpha-linolenic acid ALA

Linoleic acid LA

Oleic acid OA

eicosapentaenoic acid EPA

Gamma-linolenic acid GLA


docosahexaenoic acid DHA

Dihomogamma linolenic acid DLA



Arachidonic acid AA



Advanced Omega Info

The Omega 3, 6 and 9 groups of fatty acids all contain essential fatty acids necessary for good health. The difference between them lies in the position of the first double bond from the omega end of the carbon chain.  As its name implies, the omega 3 fatty acids have their first double bond at the 3rd position from the end of the carbon chain, and likewise, omega 6 has its first double bond at the 6th position from the end, and omega 9 has it at the 9th position from the end of the chain.

Omega 3 Protects Against Today's "Disorders"

The most important two fatty acids in the omega 3 family are EPA (eicosapentaenoic acid) and DHA (docosahexaenoic acid). Although DHA is important for pregnant and nursing mothers and for young children for healthy development of the brain and vision, EPA can be considered the most important for everyone else as it is necessary for the efficient functioning of the brain and the body at a cellular level.

Omega 3's have anti-inflammatory and anti-coagulant properties as well as many other important health benefits.  They reduce inflammation and can provide protection against cardiovascular disease, arthritis, skin conditions, depression and other mood-related disorders.

The Omega 3 fatty acid is Linolenic Acid. The amount varies per (emu oil) refining run and the average amount of omega 3 fatty acid per batch is .9% (of the EFA's in emu oil).

Omega 6

Although Omega 6 is generally classed as pro-inflammatory, conversely, GLA (gamma- linoleic acid), when consumed in the diet, has anti-inflammatory properties.  It can help the bloating and pain associated with PMS.  It also maintains healthy skin, hair and nails and generally helps to bring about hormonal and emotional balance.

Omega 3 and omega 6 interact with each other so the balance between them is crucial for good health.  Together they affect the production of hormonal type messengers called eicosanoids, which has an impact on inflammation in the body and all functions at a cellular level.

The Omega-6 fatty acid is Linoleic acid. The amount varies per (emu oil) refining run and the average amount of omega 6 fatty acid per batch is 15% (of the EFA's in emu oil).

Omega 9

Omega 9 also has many preventative qualities. Its main component, oleic acid, helps to reduce the risk of arteriosclerosis, cardiovascular disease and stroke.

FYI- Borage oil contains both Omega 6 and Omega 9 in the form of Gamma-linolenic acid and oleic acid and is in fact, one of the best sources of GLA (gamma- linoleic acid).

Pure EPA (Eicosapentaenoic Acid) therefore contains a blend of all 3 of the important fatty acids EPA, GLA (gamma- linoleic acid) and OA making it an excellent choice of omega 3 6 9 supplement.

The Omega 9 fatty acid  is oleic acid. The amount varies per refining run and the average amount of omega 9 fatty acid per batch is 47% (of the EFA's in emu oil).


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