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LINOLEIC ACID (Omega-6 fatty acid)


Linoleic acid is a polyunsaturated omega-6 fatty acid that forms the lipid component of all cell membranes in our body. The word "linoleic" comes from the Greek word linon (flax). 


Oleic means of, relating to, or derived from oil of olive relating to oleic acid (omega-9) because saturating the omega-6 double bond produces oleic acid. Linoleic acid has anti-inflammatory, acne reductive and moisture retentive properties when applied topically on the skin.


Linoleic acid reduces bone loss associated with osteoporosis, helps to improve psoriasis and eczema and lowers serum cholesterol levels.


It has been reported that the human body ideally needs a balance of 3 or 4:1 of omega-6 to omega-3 fatty acids. However, the western diet is predominantly rich in omega-6. Hemp seed is the only natural food that provides this perfect balance. Flaxseeds, almonds, soybean, walnuts and olive oil do not contain this correct balance and can lead to an unhealthy imbalance if consumed daily.


Deficiency of linoleic acid can cause hair fall, dry hair and poor wound healing.


An excess of linoleic acid can cause arthritis, attention deficiency disorder, cancer, depression, insomnia and poor sleep patterns, weight gain and obesity.

Highest sources of linoleic acid in alphabetical order


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