We all know that there numerous benefits of adding essential fatty acids to your diet. What is often not mentioned, is that Omega 6 needs to be taken with caution to avoid various health concerns. Unlike Omega 3 – which has fantastic rejuvenating qualities – studies now show that Omega 6 can actually speed up the aging process.

Omega 3 vs. Omega 6

Don’t get us wrong, both Omega 6 and 3 are important nutrients you need to get from your diet. However, because they are fundamentally different in chemical structure, the way each one affects our body will vary.

Whilst copious amounts of Omega 3 will always be beneficial to you, Omega 6 can have an adverse effect on you in large quantities and cause inflammation.

omega 6 | Longevity LiveWhat are some of its benefits in the right doses?

  • Reduce blood pressure
  • Maintain bone strength
  • Regulate metabolism
  • Lowers risk of heart disease
  • Fight inflammation

What are some of the risks of having too much?

If you have a large amount of inflammation in your body, you will be at a higher risk of inflammatory diseases, such as:

  • Irritable bowel syndrome or inflammatory bowel syndrome
  • Type II Diabetes
  • Rheumatoid arthritis

How Does It Age You?

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There are very specific sections of your DNA that directly affect how quickly you age. They are known as Telomeres, and are located at the tips of your chromosomes. Imagine them some what like the little plastic tips to your shoelaces.

Though those little plastic tips may not seem very important. If they weren’t there, the entire shoelace would just unravel and have no function. Your DNA is very similar, the shorter your telomeres, the weaker it gets. This is something that happens naturally over time and in essence is what makes you age. As your DNA weakens, it doesn’t replicate as accurately. So your entire body (including your skin) starts to show a lot more faults.

Even though your telomeres shorten naturally with age. There are certain things that can make the process go a lot faster. Too much Omega 6 is known to be one of them.

What Foods Have Omega 6?

It’s important to know how to balance your intake of Omega 6. The best way to do this, is know what foods to look out for.

Here are the top 5 highest sources:

  • Poultry and eggs
  • Nuts
  • Vegetable oils
  • Cereals
  • Whole Grains

Omega 3s are not the only good rejuvenative ingredient to have. Follow this link to see why pomegranates should be part of your anti-aging diet plan.


Marina Wildt

Marina Wildt is the Beauty & Fitness Editor at Longevity Magazine. She has a keen focus on the science behind beauty and aspires to always bring the latest innovations in these fields to the public and put forward reliable and trustworthy advice. In her spare time she likes to cook, do yoga and travel wherever she can.

The content in this editorial is for general information only and is not intended to provide medical or other professional advice. For more information on your medical condition and treatment options, speak to your healthcare professional.