Omega-9 Fatty Acids

Omega fatty acids, which include omega-3, omega-6, and omega-9 fatty acids, are considered "good" fats. They play a critical role in the formation of cell membranes, proper brain development and function, and the regulation of various body functions including blood pressure, immune responses, and inflammation.

Omega-9 fatty acids are critical to overall good health, and are an important part of heart disease and cancer prevention.

Omega-9 is not technically considered to be an essential fatty acid because our bodies can produce it, but only if omega-3 and omega-6 fatty acids are present. Since omega-3 deficiency is not uncommon, including foods rich in omega-9 in the diet is a good idea. Be aware, though, that very large quantities of omega-9 fatty acids can be harmful to the heart.

See also Fats.

Health Benefits of Omega-9 Fatty Acids

Blood Sugar Maintains blood sugar levels and lowers insulin resistance.
Heart Reduces the risk of cardiovascular disease by lowering cholesterol and hardening of the arteries.
Immune System - General Improves immune function.

Food Sources of Omega-9 Fatty Acids

Almonds N/A N/A
Avocado N/A N/A
Black Olives N/A N/A
Cashews N/A N/A
Hemp N/A N/A
Macadamia Nuts N/A N/A One of the best natural sources of omega-9 fatty acids.
Olive Oil N/A N/A
Pecans N/A N/A