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
|Macadamia Nuts||N/A||N/A||One of the best natural sources of omega-9 fatty acids.|