View Full Version : Omega-6, Omega-9 Benefits

11-16-09, 10:54 AM

While most scientists tout omega-3 over omega-6 consumption, Paul Cheney, M.D., The Cheney Clinic (http://cheneyclinic.com/), reports the increased use of omega-3 EFAs, especially fish oil, is “uniformly negative” in chronic fatigue syndrome (CFS). He explained omega-3 oils are far more easily oxidized, and CFS is sensitive to redox impairment. He further noted while omega-6 alone is better than omega-3 alone in an oxidizing state such as CFS, omega-6 consumption alone is not nearly as beneficial as a mixture of the omega-3, -6 and -9.
Omega-9s, which are unsaturated fatty acids, are technically not “essential,” since the human body can manufacture a limited amount, and it does not react and form eicosanoids like the other two omega types. The two main omega-9 forms are oleic acid, found in olives, avocados and various nut oils, and erucic acid, which can be found in rapeseed and mustard seed. Interestingly, the body can also make oleic acid from stearic acid, a so-called “less-unhealthy” saturated fat (less prone top contribute to cholesterol than other saturated fats) commonly found in vegetable fats/oils, including from cocoa.