Overview of Omega 3-6 Balance Linking Food to Health
Essential Fatty Acids (EFA) are vitamin-like nutrients. They accumulate as highly unsaturated fatty acids (HUFA) in tissues where they form potent hormone-like eicosanoids that act on selective receptors located in nearly every tissue of the body and affect health. Omega-3 and omega-6 EFA differ in chain lengths & number of double bonds. Many health disorders are made worse by excessive actions of omega-6 eicosanoids.
Overview of EFA: Chain Lengths & Metabolism
Overview of Metabolism of dietary EFA converts the 18-carbon PUFA into 20- and 22- carbon HUFA that accumulate in tissue membranes.
Overview of EFA: Balance in foods
The EFA in the foods we eat will control the balance of tissue HUFA that affect many health conditions.
Overview of Hormone-like Eicosanoids
Metabolism of tissue HUFA forms potent hormone-like mediators that act on specific tissue receptors and affect many body functions.
Updated October, 2014