Omega 3, 6 and 9 are groups of essential fatty acids that are known to be very important for a good health. The difference between all these omega fatty acids is basically due to the first double bond that is formed from methyl end, or also known as the Omega end, in the carbon chain. The omega 3 fatty acid has a double bond at the third position from chain’s end while Omega 6 has the double bond at the sixth position. On the other, Omega 9 has is the double bond at the nineth 9th position.
Omega 3 and 6 are essential fatty acids and they cannot be manufactured by the human body and they need to be consumed through daily diets. On the other hand Omega 9 fatty acid is not that essential for the body as the previous two acids are though they need to be taken by the body in some required amounts and can be manufactured from various sources.
Omega 3 is known to prevent the heart diseases and complications that arise due to heart attacks. This also lower downs the mortality rate once heart attacks are encountered by people. It also helps in improving the cardiac risk factors and thus helps in preventing CHD. Omega 6 acids are known to compete for the enzymes with the above mentioned acids. Most of these Omega 6 acids are known to produce inflammatory response that can be essential for the proper functioning of the immune system. Omega 9 is not amongst the essential fatty acids. They are monounsaturated and can be consumed through olive oil. These may be required for the proper functioning of the body immune system.
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